Chelsea Davidenas murder: Police continue search for remains | CTV News

Chelsea Davidenas murder: Police continue search for remains

Calgary police are continuing their search for the body of presumed murder victim Chelsea Davidenas.

Police tell CTV News they are working with members of the Calgary Search and Rescue Association to scour a large area southeast of Chestermere.

Davidenas' body has not yet been found.

The 29-year-old woman is believed to have been killed after disappearing in February.

Davidenas' death

Police allege Davidenas was lured to a home in the 5600 block of Rundlehorn Drive N.E. in the early morning hours of Feb. 17 by two men she knew.

Investigators believe she was then killed inside the home.

Police think the two men targeted Davidenas because of her history as a sex worker.

Charges laid

Steven Aaron Zwick, 26, of Airdrie, and Paul Joseph Rushton, 52, are both charged with first-degree murder.

Steven Aaron Zwick, 26, of Airdrie, is shown in a Calgary Police Service photo. Police said in a Wednesday news conference that Zwick was known to Chelsea.

"They had had a previous relationship, and he became our prime suspect," said Staff Sgt. Mark Rahn of the Calgary Police Service homicide unit.

Criminal history

According to Alberta Justice, both men have "lengthy" criminal histories.

Court records show Rushton had been sentenced to eight months in jail after being convicted on a voyeurism charge outlined in the criminal code as surreptitiously observing or making a visual recording of a person who has reasonable expectations of privacy.

Meanwhile, Zwick's court records show he was already facing charges for drugs and weapons-related offences, resisting a peace officer and assault.

Search continues

The search for Davidenas' body is ongoing and police are asking for the public's help.

Police believe her remains were removed from the Rundlehorn home on Monday, Feb. 20, and transported to a "rural, lightly treed area" southeast of Chestermere in a stolen, dark blue, low-profile, 2001 Honda Civic with white rims.

Police say the Civic has since been located.

Police are searching a large area southeast of Chestermere for the body of Chelsea Davidenas, a woman who was killed in a Calgary home in February."The area where we believe her remains may be is fairly vast, it's a very large area, so we are taking the information that we have learned and we are trying to narrow that down," Rahn said on Wednesday.

"We're asking rural land owners southeast of Calgary, if they're checking their properties and they notice anything out of the ordinary to please contact either the Calgary Police Service or the RCMP.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers.


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