Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Legal Road for Travis Vader in Alberta Couple's Disappearance

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

The Legal Road for Travis Vader in Alberta Couple's Disappearance

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Key events in Travis Vader murder case


EDMONTON - Final arguments began Wednesday in a trial for an Alberta man accused in the deaths of two Alberta seniors. Lyle and Marie McCann disappeared nearly six years ago while driving to British Columbia for a family get-together. Travis Vader is charged with first-degree murder.

Here is a timeline with key events in the case:


July 3: Lyle and Marie McCann are last seen fuelling up their motorhome in their hometown of St. Albert, north of Edmonton, for a trip to Abbotsford, B.C.

July 5: The couple's burned-out motorhome is discovered in the bush near Edson, about 200 kilometres west of St. Albert. Mounties phone the couple's home and knock on their door. Officers later explain that they weren't alarmed because vehicles are often found burning in the bush and it's not unusual for people to be away from home during the summer.

July 10: Trudy Holder calls RCMP when her parents fail to show up in Abbotsford. Mounties start searching for the couple.

July 13: Two people go to the RCMP detachment in Prince George, B.C., and report having spotted a green Hyundai Tucson like the one the McCanns were towing behind their motorhome. But they are rebuffed. Mounties later issue a public plea for the tipsters to return.

July 16: RCMP announce that the SUV the couple was towing has been found off a bush trail near Edson. Officers name Travis Vader as person of interest in the case and release his photo.

July 19: Vader is arrested on outstanding warrants on unrelated charges.


July 20: A judge declares the McCanns dead so their wills and estates can be processed.

Dec. 22: Vader is sentenced to 33 months in prison for arsons and break-ins in the Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and Barrhead areas of Alberta in 2009. He gets credit for time served but is kept in custody on other charges.


April 18: Vader is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of the McCanns.

May 1: Vader is convicted of drug trafficking, theft and weapons charges that occurred in the Barrhead area in June 2010.

Oct. 19: Before Vader can be sentenced for those offences, a judge declares a mistrial because evidence was not properly disclosed to the defence. …

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