Missing Alberta county councillor found dead, wife charged with murder

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The body of a missing politician has been found in southern Alberta and his wife has now been charged with his death.

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Suffield’s Cypress County Councilor Alfred Belia had been missing since 8 October. On Friday, the RCMP traced the body of a 72-year-old man.

His wife, Deborah Belia, 68, has been charged with second-degree murder and desecration of the human body, the RCMP said in a statement on Saturday.

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She is in custody and is due to appear in Radcliffe provincial court on Monday.

“Since these matters are now in the courts, no further updates or details about the incident will be given,” the RCMP said.

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The RCMP on Tuesday issued a public appeal to find Belia.

He has served Cypress County, representing Jenner/Suffield since 2015.

In a Facebook post, the county said it was “heartbroken.”

“Our sincere condolences are with his daughters, family, friends and community,” the post read.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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