Kellen Taniguchi

December 14, 2021

-Edmonton Journal


After a review of evidence, RCMP say a convicted sex offender is now facing two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the September killing of a 24-year-old woman and her 16-month old child in Hinton, Alta.

Robert Major, 53, is also facing two counts of indignity to human remains, Mounties say.

Around 6 p.m. on Sept. 16, officers responded to a report of a missing woman and her child last seen in Hinton. The following day, RCMP said they had found the two deceased.

The homicides took place at Major’s apartment prior to the RCMP receiving the missing persons report. Investigators learned the two victims lived in the same apartment complex as Major, but no other connection had been identified between the suspect and victims, according to RCMP.

In 2017, the Edmonton Police Service issued a warning to Edmontonians saying Major, a convicted sex offender, would be living in Edmonton. At the time, police said Major posed a risk to commit a sexual offence against women or girls in the area.

Major is scheduled to appear in Hinton Provincial Court via CCTV on Dec. 15, 2021.