Woman charged with manslaughter after body found on Memorial Drive

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A woman has been charged in connection with the death of a man whose body was found on Memorial Drive during the morning rush hour last week.

Police were called to the intersection of 36th Street N.E. and Memorial Drive around 8:50 a.m. last Tuesday for reports of a body on the road. There were suggestions he had been pushed from a vehicle stopped at a red light.

The victim was later identified as David Bawden, 59, of Calgary. Investigators believe he was picked up while walking along Memorial Drive, and later assaulted in the vehicle.

With help from the public, police found the vehicle in the 2600 block of 17th Street S.W. and took two people into custody. They were later released without charges.

Calgary Police prepare to tow a vehicle from a southwest Calgary neighborhood on Thursday, October 8, 2020 in connection with a suspicious investigation. Officers were called to the intersection of Memorial Drive and 36th Street S.E. around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday for reports of a person who may have been pushed out of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light. Courtesy CTV Calgary
Police prepare to tow a vehicle from a southwest Calgary neighbourhood on Thursday, Oct. 8. Courtesy CTV Calgary CTV Calgary

With additional evidence, and with help from Calgary Transit peace officers, police were able to locate and arrest a suspect on Monday, Oct. 12.

Police are still trying to determine a motive for the killing and if the suspect and victim knew each other.

Ronita Wildman, 34, of Calgary, is facing one charge of manslaughter. She is set to appear in court on Wednesday.

Police say they aren’t looking for any other suspects.

Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit said information form the public was important in helping police locate the suspect so quickly.

“Sometimes a member of the public might think that the information they have is insignificant, but this demonstrates how a small piece of information may be exactly what investigators need to solve a case,” he said.

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