The family of murder victim Shane Smith asked for the public’s help today in finding the man’s body.
Smith was reported missing in early June. Police believe the 20-year-old was killed on June 6 and his body is still missing.
He was last seen June 6 in the southeast Calgary community of McKenzie Towne, police said.
On June 16, Ian Charles Abercrombie, 24, was charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count of indignity to a human body and one count of breaching a court order and breach of a firearm prohibition order.
Police said Smith and Abercrombie were believed to be friends.
On Thursday, the Smith family shared memories of Shane and expressed how tough life has been since June.
“On June 6, almost six weeks ago, our world was shattered. Our small family was broken forever. My loving handsome son Shane, only 20 years old. Was horrifically murdered,” said Shirley Tasker Smith, Shanes’ mother.
“Shane deserved his life, he does not deserve to be out there all alone. Give him the dignity and the respect he deserves. My family, and all of Shane’s amazing friends need to say goodbye as hard as that will be.”
Police are still searching for Smith’s body
Police have searched several areas for Smith’s body but have had no success.
His family is desperate to find him and give him a proper burial.
Shane’s older sister Cassie asked the public to be on the lookout for Shane’s body.
“Look at the pictures, hear the stories and give my beautiful, amazing baby brother the respect that he deserves,” said Smith.
“He didn’t deserve to have his life taken and he doesn’t deserve to be out there alone. Please let my family do what we never imagined we’d have to do and lay Shane to rest properly.”
Staff Sergeant Colin Chisholm of the Calgary Police Service said people know the body’s location. Somebody needs to step up and share the information.
“We’ve been searching a number of different locations throughout the greater Calgary area. And as of now, we have obviously not been able to locate Shane,” said Chisholm.
“We know there are people out there that have this information and we need those people to come forward. We know that those people have spoken to others,” said Chisholm.
Calgary police said the investigation is still ongoing and there is a possibility more charges will be laid.
Anyone with information is asked to call Calgary police at 403-266-1234.