Police seek new leads in man's disappearance
James Carlson (RCMP supplied)
Published Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:15AM CST
Last Updated Thursday, June 13, 2013 7:22AM CST
Five years after a man disappeared after going to rent a movie in Watrous, the RCMP’s historical case unit is looking for new leads in the case.
James Carlson, 43, was working at farms in the Watrous area when he disappeared under suspicious circumstances after last being seen during the evening of May 14, 2008, at a video store in the town.
Police believe Carlson was murdered. His work truck was found abandoned in a field near Allan five days after he was last seen at the store and a search of his home the following day found evidence to support the belief he had been killed.
Two years later, in May 2010, a white Monte Carlo owned by Carlson was found concealed on a rural property near Rosthern. Police say the vehicle’s interior was coated in automotive fluid, making the recovery of forensic evidence impossible.
Since that time RCMP say investigators have received several tips that Carlson’s body may be in a rural area around the communities of Watrous, Imperial, or Holdfast. They are asking property owners to watch for any sign of his remains.
RCMP say the interior of James Carlson's vehicle was coated in automotive fluid, preventing the recovery of forensic evidence.
James Carlson's Chevrolet Mote Carlo was discovered in a secluded area near Rosthern in May 2010, two years after his disappearance.