11/14/2013 11:03 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Valentine Degenhardt Body Found: Remains Of Missing B.C. Man Located Near Swan Hills, Alberta


BARRHEAD, Alta. - RCMP are confirming they have found the remains of Valentine Leo Degenhardt, a 45-year-old resident of Salmon Arm, B.C.

Degenhardt was last seen at a gas station in Barrhead, Alta., on July 17 and was reported missing by his common-law spouse two days later.

Hikers later found Degenhardt's vehicle, a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in a remote area between Whitecourt and Swan Hills, about two hours northwest of Edmonton.

Norman (John) Jerrett, 46, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death.

Carl McAllister, 29, and Norma McAllister, 45, are charged with being accessories after the fact. All three are from Barrhead.

On Thursday, RCMP announced that Degenhardt's remains had been located about 65 kilometres northwest of where his vehicle was found.

The remains were sent to the chief medical examiner and the identity was confirmed through testing.

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