03/23/2016 08:26 EDT | Updated 03/24/2017 01:12 EDT

Police arrest man in slayings of two Alberta women years ago

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta. — RCMP say a man has been arrested on counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two women that go back several years.

Jeannette Chief was last seen in Lloydminster on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary on June 2, 2007, after having left the Onion Lake reserve the day before.

Officers found the body of Chief, who was 48, four days later in a rural area.

Violet Heathen, who was 49, was also last seen in Lloydminster on May 15, 2009.

Her remains were found near Kitscoty, Alta., about six months later.

The RCMP's historical homicide units in Alberta and Saskatchewan confirm a 59-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday.

Mounties say they utilized members from several specialized units in both provinces during the lengthy murder investigations.