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Red Deer RCMP seek urgent assistance to locate 48 year old Aurora Rafer – Update 4 - Charges Sworn

October 22, 2018 12:02 PM

Red Deer, Alberta – RCMP have charged two men after the abduction of a 48 year old woman the morning of October 17 in Red Deer.

Shortly before 7 am on October 17, Red Deer RCMP responded to a gas station on 39 Street near 40 Avenue after a witness reported seeing a woman possibly being forced into a maroon Chevrolet Avalanche. RCMP were able to quickly identify a possible victim and one possible suspect. The investigation involved detailed and continuous intelligence gathering throughout the day, and Red Deer residents saw police attendance at numerous residences and police checks of a number of vehicles similar to that of the suspect Avalanche. The RCMP Major Crimes Unit (MCU) out of Edmonton arrived to take carriage of the investigation, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team also joined MCU and Red Deer RCMP officers during the intensive search.

Shortly after 3 pm on October 17, RCMP received a public tip regarding the location of the suspect and victim and located them at a south hill residence shortly afterward. RCMP arrested one male suspect and determined that the victim had suffered injuries that did not require hospitalization. RCMP arrested a second male suspect later the same evening. The suspects were known to the victim.

47 year old Ernest Frederick Ward faces the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 279(1.1)(b) – Kidnapping
  • Criminal Code 279(2) – Forcible confinement
  • Criminal Code 266 – Assault
  • Criminal Code 271 – Sexual assault
  • Criminal Code 264.1(1)(a) – Uttering threat to cause death or bodily harm
  • Criminal Code 139(2) – Obstructing justice
  • Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions of an undertaking X 2

Ward was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on October 22 at 9:30 am. 

25 year old David Lee Gallinger faces the following charge:

  • Criminal Code 279(1.1)(b) – Kidnapping

Gallinger is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on October 22 at 9:30 am.

As this matter is now before the courts, RCMP will not be commenting further. RCMP thank the public for their assistance and support during this investigation, and ask that the public please respect the privacy of the victim.

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

BACKGROUNDER:

October 18, 2018

Red Deer, Alberta – Two men are facing criminal charges in relation to the abduction of a 48 year old woman yesterday morning in Red Deer. RCMP will issue an update with the names of the suspects and the charges against them once those charges have been sworn before the courts. 

RCMP continue to investigate and are looking to speak to a good Samaritan couple who encountered one of the suspects and the victim yesterday afternoon south-east of Red Deer and offered them assistance. 

The man and woman are described as older, and driving a white truck. They encountered the suspect and victim in the early afternoon of October 17 in the area of Township Road 272 and Highway 42, south-east of Red Deer near the Pine Lake Highway, and drove them to Red Deer Regional Hospital. 

RCMP are requesting that the couple call the Red Deer RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575 in order to assist police with the investigation. 

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034 

BACKGROUND:

October 17, 2018 

Red Deer RCMP seek urgent assistance to locate 48 year old Aurora Rafer – Update 2 – Located

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have located 48 year old Aurora Rafer unharmed, and have located the maroon Avalanche. RCMP have a 47 year old man in custody and the investigation continues. 

RCMP would like to thank the public for their cooperation as police checked on similar vehicles and investigated possible sightings in various areas in Red Deer and area. RCMP were assisted by the RCMP Emergency Response Team during this investigation. 

RCMP do not have more information available regarding this investigation at this time but will issue an update tomorrow as more information becomes available. 

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034 

BACKGROUND:

October 17, 2018 

Red Deer RCMP seek urgent assistance to locate 48 year old Aurora Rafer – Update 1

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP continue to search for 48 year old Aurora Rafer and thank the public for any assistance they can offer. Attached are photos of Aurora Rafer and an updated description. 

  • Filipino
  • Pale complexion
  • 5’3” or 5’4” tall
  • Slim build
  • Long dark brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Looks younger than 48
  • Wearing earrings, a brown athletic jacket, blue jeans, white rubber shoes and carrying a pink and orange backpack 

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034 

BACKGROUND:

October 17, 2018

Red Deer RCMP seek urgent assistance to locate 48 year old Aurora Rafer

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are requesting immediate public assistance to locate 48 year old Aurora Rafer, who police believe may be in danger. Police believe she may be in an orange/maroon-coloured Chevrolet Avalanche that has no taillight on the driver’s side. RCMP do not have a license plate for the vehicle. At this point, RCMP believe the Avalanche may be in Red Deer or in the surrounding area. 

RCMP do not have a photograph of Aurora Rafer at this time. She is described as:

  • Filipino
  • 5’3” tall
  • Slim build
  • Long dark brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Looks younger than 48 

At this point in the investigation, RCMP do not believe the public is in any danger, but police stress that citizens encountering the Avalanche should not engage with it and should call 911 immediately. RCMP do not have further information at this time and request that citizens who see RCMP moving through the city give them space to do their work and cooperate as fully as they can while police continue their investigation. 

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Media contact:
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

 

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