Police seek tips on 2010 homicide

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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The RCMP Major Crime Unit North issued a fresh plea on Tuesday for leads in helping solve a four-year-old homicide involving a Prince Albert resident.

Roger Byer, 57, was an ATM technician who served a large area in northeast Saskatchewan.

He was last seen servicing a machine on Jan. 20, 2010 in Melfort.

After his daughter reported him missing on Jan. 26, aerial and ground searches of roads in the area began on Jan. 29 but turned up empty.

Two months later, on April 1, 2010, a local farmer who was checking his fields in an area south of Highway 41 between Yellow Creek and Meskanaw found Byer’s body and his 2009 black GMC Canyon pickup truck discovered in a heavily treed, abandoned farm site.

An autopsy ruled that Byer’s death was a homicide. 

The victim was in possession of tens of thousands of dollars in cash at the time, money that remains missing.

Staff Sgt. Larry Brost, the acting officer in charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crime Program, says a recent tip is promising.

A black, heavy-duty, work truck was in the area at the time; investigators believe there were at least two people in it

The truck was seen on a seasonal road off of Highway 41 that’s used until the first snowfall, which came shortly after the victim’s disappearance. 

If anyone remembers seeing the black, heavy-duty, work truck at the time, they are asked to contact a local police service or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477

In the meantime, police aren’t giving up.

“When a family member is the victim of a homicide, families are left with more questions than answers,” Brost said in the release. “Our goal is to answer these questions and bring those responsible before the courts.” 

Organizations: RCMP, CrimeStoppers

Geographic location: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Melfort Yellow Creek Meskanaw

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