First-degree murder charge after Edmonton woman’s remains found

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A man faces a first-degree murder charge after the remains of an Edmonton woman were found inside a burnt-out vehicle on a Strathcona County road last year, RCMP say .

On September 15, 2021, RCMP and Strathcona County Fire Departments responded to a vehicle fire near Township Road 530 and Range Road 221 in Strathcona County.

When the fire was put out, human remains were found inside. An autopsy carried out on September 17 confirmed that the remains were those of Vanessa Silva, 29, of Edmonton.

Cordell Kennedy, 25, of Edmonton, was arrested and charged Friday with first degree murder.

Kennedy was taken into custody and is due in court in Edmonton on Wednesday.

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