‘One step closer to justice’: RCMP arrests five people in connection with murder in southern Alta. Man

RCMP has arrested five people in connection with the murder of Lane Tailfeathers last summer in southern Alberta.

On July 20, 2021, Crowsnest Pass RCMP – 237 kilometers southwest of Calgary – received a report from Alberta Fish and Wildlife about possible human remains in a rural area.

The Alberta RCMP Major Crime and Forensics Teams identified the remains as Tailfeathers’, a 35-year-old man from Fort Macleod, Alta., who had been reported missing by his family a month earlier.

Tannis Tailfeathers, Lane’s sister, said the two were best friends and grew up inseparable, and the news of the arrests was emotional.

She added that while nothing will ever bring Lane back, she is pleased that the police have been able to make some progress on the case.

“I think it’s one step closer to getting justice for my brother. [When] they have actually been charged and are behind bars, I think that will be a bit of a lockdown.”

Lane’s sister Tannis said her brother was her best friend. “Losses” [him] is the hardest thing that ever happened to us.” (Submitted by Tannis Tailfeathers)

Lane was last seen in Fort Macleod, a town nearly 70 miles southeast of Calgary and just over 50 miles northeast of Crowsnest Pass.

Tannis said moving on after her brother’s death was extremely difficult for her and her family.

†[It’s been] a very hard, very difficult year. I still live in this small town where he was murdered… it’s just something I never thought my family would have to go through.”

Police said in a press release on Saturday that the five arrested have not yet been charged.

RCMP is asking anyone with information about the deaths of Tailfeathers to contact them at 403-553-7200 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-847.

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