‘Devastated’: Southern Alberta human remains identified as missing mother of two boys

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Southern Alberta Police have identified the remains as those of a missing Lethbridge mother with two boys.

Tia Blood, 34, was reported missing on October 19, and five days later Lethbridge Police Department investigators located a body west of town.

An autopsy was performed by the Calgary Medical Examiner’s Office which identified Blood, but the manner of death was ruled inconclusive and is still under investigation.

RCMP have charged hunter Alexander Frank, 20, of Lethbridge with offering indignity to human remains and two counts of theft under $5,000 as part of the investigation.

Police believe Blood died on the night of October 19 or during October 20.

The news came as a shock to Blood’s family.

“This news has devastated our large and loving family. Tia was our shining light and words cannot describe how much we will miss her,” the family said in a statement released Wednesday by the Blood Tribe, which called her a loving wife and mother of two wonderful boys.

« Please keep in mind that our family is grieving. Any speculation about the circumstances surrounding his death is particularly hurtful to our family. Please do not participate in spreading rumors about our beloved Tia.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 26, 2022.


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