The mysterious 2022 killing of a 31-year-old woman found shot in her vehicle near Jasper Avenue may be linked to the criminal ties of her boyfriend who was found dead in his home months earlier, say Edmonton homicide detectives.
Kelsey Ouellette was found fatally shot in her vehicle by officers responding to reports of multiple gunshots near Jasper Avenue and 116 Street around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2022. The officers attempted emergency first-aid until paramedics arrived but Ouellette was declared dead on scene.
An autopsy on Nov. 10, 2022, determined Ouellette died of multiple gunshot wounds and the case was declared a homicide.
Days later, on Nov. 16, 2022, police released video and an image of a white Toyota SUV believed to be related to Ouellette’s killing, attempting to find the driver. A photo of a burned-out 2016 white Toyota Highlander discovered near 259 Avenue and 18 Street around 8:45 p.m. that same day was also released to the public. The SUV was later confirmed stolen from northwest Calgary in August 2022 and was outfitted with a licence plate — CKP 5569 — stolen from west Edmonton in early October 2022. The plate was also the subject of a photo radar ticket on Oct. 21, 2022, on Yellowhead Trail westbound at 107 Street.
At a news conference on Wednesday, police said they are still trying to determine the driver’s identity and whereabouts.
In the year that has passed, however, investigators have linked together some key pieces of Ouellette’s life that may have led to her slaying, with close focus on the eight-month period leading up to her homicide.
Investigators on Wednesday revealed that on June 6, 2022, Ouellette’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Nicolas (Nic) Chamberland, 34, was found dead in his northwest Edmonton home in the Carlton neighbourhood. Chamberland was also known as “Maverick” or “Mav” in some circles, say police.
Detectives since Ouellette’s killing have been re-examining the circumstances that preceded and followed Chamberland’s sudden death and connections that are believed to exist between their relationship and the killing of the 31-year-old.
“In June 2022 Ouellette experienced a life-changing event when her boyfriend, Chamberland, suddenly passed away,” acting homicide Staff Sgt. Jared Buhler said in a Wednesday statement.
“At this time, we believe Ouellette’s murder relates to significant criminal events associated to Nicolas Chamberland and/or persons in his network, which occurred within a context of high-level organized crime. While Chamberland’s death may be non-criminal, the circumstances of his and Ouellette’s life in the months preceding and following his death are of significant interest to the investigation.
“We are hopeful that releasing these details will encourage anyone with information about the events before or after Chamberland’s death to contact police.”
Investigators also continue to seek information from friends or acquaintances of Ouellette who may have had contact with her between June and November 2022. They can contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.
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