December 31st, 2011
Slain woman identified by police Ward, 27, was found on Saturday by the manager of an apartment building at 8306 Jasper Avenue. An autopsy found she died of a stab wound. Police have charged the occupant of the apartment, 27-year-old Joshua James Houle, with second-degree murder. The body was discovered when a caretaker, Luis Alvarado, got a call about a small leak coming from the roof of a first floor storage unit below suite 205. Checking with the suite owner, he was told Houle, the tenant of the suite, had a problem with the dishwasher, but it has since been fixed. Deciding to check out the leak for himself around 2:30 p.m., Alvarado, discovered that wasn’t the case. Inside the first floor storage unit, packed with building supplies and furniture, Alvarado found a puddle on the floor. Amidst the non-stop sound of running water from the suite above, Alvarado knelt down to examine the puddle. He discovered it was pinkish, like water mixed with blood.