Police confirm arrest in Acadia death
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:47PM MDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:17AM MDT
Police have confirmed that they have a man in custody for the death of Josh Hogarth and he is facing murder charges.
Byron Arnold Blanchard, 20, of Calgary has been arrested and charged with second degree murder.
He has been remanded to custody and is expected back in court on August 28.
Josh Hogarth, 18, was found slumped against a condo in Acadia.
Police set up a command post to investigate his death on Wednesday.
Police were called to the 200 block of 90 Ave. S.E. for a check-on-welfare call at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
When they arrived, they found an unresponsive man lying against the side of a townhouse.
Hogarth’s family says he was beaten to death but police have not yet ruled the death a homicide.
“All I can say is the death is being deemed suspicious due to the nature of the injuries,” said Staff Sgt. Todd McNutt.
Hogarth was going to school and living on Vancouver Island and was home visiting his mother for the summer.
“He came back to visit us all. We just went out, he just turned 18. He was enjoying his hometown and this happened. He was an amazing kid,” said friend, T.J. Crowhurst.
Police have set up a command post at the scene and are still searching the area for evidence.
Investigators are speaking with a person of interest in the case and say charges are not pending at this time.