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Four arrested in Duperron murder

Masha Scheele
Local Journalism Initiative


Alberta RCMP have laid charges against four individuals in connection to the homicide of Nature Duperron, a 25-year-old Athabasca woman whose remains were found outside Hinton just over a year ago.

RCMP first arrested Tyra Muskego, 21, of Onion Lake, Sask. on April 13 and charged her with first degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

Muskego was remanded into custody, but received bail May 20 and was released on several conditions, including house arrest. She is scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on June 5.

RCMP arrested Buddy Rae Underwood, 24, of no fixed address on April 14 and charged him with first degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery. Underwood was also remanded and is scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on June 5.

Grayson Eashappie, who was an inmate at the Drumheller Institution, was arrested by RCMP on April 24. Eashappie is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery. He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on June 15.

RCMP obtained an arrest warrant on May 21 for Kala Leigh Bajusz, 31, of Edmonton, who is charged with first degree murder, kidnapping, and robbery. Bajusz was located on May 22 and turned herself into the RCMP.

She is now awaiting a bail hearing.

RCMP believe the homicide of Duperron occurred between Edmonton and Hinton on April 7, 2019. The Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit stated it is not looking for any other suspects, and the investigation into Nature Duperron’s homicide is still ongoing.  

On May 3, 2019, Hinton RCMP confirmed it was investigating a recovered body from an area outside of Hinton.  An autopsy was conducted and next of kin notifications were completed.

RCMP updated the public about the found human remains on Oct. 18, 2019, identifying them as Nature Duperron. She was reported missing on April 15, 2019 and was last seen in Edmonton at the beginning of April 2019.