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A Alberta family found drowned the day after Christmas

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Three bodies were found at Lac Sainte -Anne, Tuesday afternoon.

Radio-Canada

Alberta RCMP confirm they found the bodies of three members of a family Tuesday afternoon. They died in the icy waters of Lake Sainte-Anne, about 85 kilometers west of Edmonton.

The three victims are Kelly Pelsma, 39, his wife Laura, 37, and their son Dylan, 8.

Corporal Patrick Lambert, RCMP spokesperson, also confirmed that divers found an all-terrain utility vehicle (UTV), commonly known as a side-by-side, in the water.

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The three bodies found are those of Kelly Pelsma, 39, Laura Pelsma, 37, and their son Dylan, 8.

The Members of the Pelsma family were last seen on December 23. On December 25, they were reported missing to the RCMP after they missed a Christmas party they were scheduled to attend.

The loss of this family is truly devastating this holiday season. Our thoughts are with the community and the extended family, said Corporal Patrick Lambert.

Martin Jr Lavoie, a resident of Lac Sainte-Anne, claims to have helped the police find the vehicle and the family. “As a father, I felt the need to go and help,” he says.

“It’s Christmas, I imagined their family asking questions. Then, yes, we found them. In bad condition, but at least we found them,” he said.

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He maintains that the place where the accident took place is known for its fragile ice. “In winter there, there is a riptide, so it practically never freezes,” says Martin Jr Lavoie, who is also an ice fishing enthusiast. “This year is an exceptional year. […] It's hot, so the ice is not solid,” he adds.

An autopsy will be performed on the bodies of the three victims in Edmonton.

With information from Charles Delisle and Dennis Kovtun

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