Rose Brenda Decoteau, 43, was found dead In Suite 107 of the Royal Western Motel, located at 15335 111 Avenue. A caller reported that a woman had suffered cardiac arrest.
However, when emergency medical services personnel arrived they soon determined that the woman had been dead for at least an hour and a half. The victim, found lying on the floor, appeared to have been strangled.
Homicide detectives were called in and they questioned a man who was later described as the woman’s common-law husband Lynden Delorme. It was Delorme who called 911 to report Decoteau had suffered a heart attack.
Edmonton Police Service first waited for autopsy reports before ruling the death a homicide. Police said at first that while the case was not non-criminal, there was not enough apparent evidence to class it immediately as a murder.
With the release of the autopsy report, police confirmed the death as a murder, the city’s 30th of 2005. Interviews with Delorme were described as co-operative and police stated they were following up on leads with other witnesses yet to be interviewed.
In television interviews, hotel staff said the aboriginal and physically disabled couple had been staying at the hotel for about a month and were living on social assistance, adding that the man was battling with the Workers’ Compensation Board.
They had arrived after travelling across the country and were looking for a place to live in Edmonton. Another tenant of the hotel said the woman had been complaining about the re-occurrence of a tumour.
Decoteau grew up 140 kilometres west of Edmonton in the hamlet of MacKay. She was a Class 1 trucker and a registered land surveyor. She left McKay about five years ago when she met Delorme.
Speaking to the media, Decoteau’s family said she had been in recent contact with them expressing a desire to get out of her relationship with Delorme — which Rose termed as “abusive.”
In an interview with the Edmonton Journal, Delorme revealed that Decoteau had recently received death threats for ripping people off in the drug trade. Delorme characterised the last five years of his common-law wife’s life as a self-destructive slide into addiction to such drugs as crystal meth, crack cocaine, Oxycontin and Valium.
On January 18th, 2006 the Edmonton Police Commission approved a $40,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Decoteau’s death.
The Edmonton Police Service had recommended the payout in a memo to commissioners that states that “none of the information received during the course of the original and subsequent investigations has led to an arrest.” Homicide detectives want the reward to be offered for three years. Case status remains open and active.a hotel room in Edmonton, Alberta, on Oct. 5, 2005. The autopsy established that she was fatally strangled. The Edmonton Police Service is offering a $40,000 reward for information that can lead to solving her case.