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Update on Homicide Investigation

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) have charged 55-year-old Robert Hoefman, of Medicine Hat, AB with first-degree murder in the death of 64-year-old James Satre, which was reported on October 11, 2017. The charge of first-degree murder requires the elements of a planned and a deliberate act that caused the death of the victim and is based upon physical evidence located at the scene in addition to evidence obtained in several search warrants executed by the MHPS Major Crimes Section.

Mr. Hoefman was previously charged on November 9, 2017 with one count of extortion, after an investigation by the Major Crimes Section and remains in custody.

The MHPS believes the extortion and the subsequent homicide investigation are linked and that while the victim of the murder, James Satre, was not previously known by the accused, it is believed that he was deliberately selected.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the MHPS Major Crimes Section at 403-529-8420 or provide at tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The MHPS would like to thank the community for their diligence and support during the course of these investigations and offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Satre.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:  A media conference will be held on January 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the MHPS Community Boardroom, located at 884 2nd Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB.

Media Contact:

Rita Sittler
Administrative Services Manager
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416