Two ar­rests may not be last in 2017 slay­ing as po­lice still in hunt for body

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Po­lice hope a pair of sec­ond­de­gree mur­der charges will help bring some clo­sure to the fam­ily of a miss­ing Cal­gary man, as in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue the search for Adam Young ’s body.

Young was last seen leav­ing his Cal­gary res­i­dence in the 200 block of 11th Av­enue S.E. on Nov. 20, 2017, and was re­ported miss­ing by fam­ily mem­bers days later.

In Oc­to­ber, po­lice said they be­lieved the 35-year-old was the vic­tim of foul play. Days later, in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­ducted an ex­ten­sive, 10-day search of a prop­erty near Alder­syde.

Ev­i­dence col­lected on the ru­ral prop­erty led to more search war­rants in Cal­gary, re­sult­ing in the ar­rests of two Cal­gary men who have been charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der in con­nec­tion with Young ’s death.

“Ob­vi­ously, this is an un­be­liev­ably trau­matic event,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schi­avetta with the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice homi­cide unit. “I think charges bring some clo­sure but, ob­vi­ously, with­out bring­ing Adam home the fam­ily is still suf­fer­ing.”

Po­lice said the three men were known to each other and are be­lieved to be friends.

Schi­avetta said the ac­cused are both known to po­lice and are con­nected to the Alder­syde prop­erty “through as­so­ciates of theirs,” adding the two sus­pects “had ac­cess to that prop­erty.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing and Schi­avetta said there may be more peo­ple “in­volved or cul­pa­ble” in Young ’s mur­der.

He also couldn’t rule out the pos­si­bil­ity of the charges be­ing up­graded to first-de­gree mur­der as more ev­i­dence is gath­ered.

On Oct. 17, of­fi­cers per­formed a grid search on the back­side of the Alder­syde prop­erty.

Schi­avetta said dozens of pieces of ev­i­dence were re­cov­ered from the res­i­dence, but said po­lice believe “most of the ac­tiv­ity in­volved in the mur­der hap­pened in the city of Cal­gary.”

Po­lice re­ceived no tips from the pub­lic when Young first went miss­ing, but Schi­avetta said he’s hope­ful some­one will come for­ward with the lo­ca­tion of his body.

Jef­frey Ryan Brady, 34, and Robert Floyd Cud­ney, 39, of Cal­gary, are both charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der.

Schi­avetta said both men were per­sons of in­ter­est in Young ’s dis­ap­pear­ance early on in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Post­media ar­chives show Cud­ney was wanted in 1999 in re­la­tion to a se­ri­ous ag­gra­vated as­sault and rob­bery in Strath­cona.

In 2003, Cud­ney was ar­rested af­ter a tense, three-hour stand­off with Cal­gary po­lice af­ter be­ing ac­cused of at­tempted mur­der in Bran­don, Man.

He was one of two sus­pects wanted in con­nec­tion with a rob­bery in which a home­owner was shot and stabbed by two masked men.

When he was ar­rested, Cud­ney al­legedly pointed a hand­gun at of­fi­cers be­fore sur­ren­der­ing hours later.

In March, Cal­gary po­lice posted on so­cial me­dia they were search­ing for Brady, who was wanted on war­rants for fail­ure to com­ply with pro­ba­tion and driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out in­sur­ance.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the dis­ap­pear­ance or the where­abouts of Young ’s body is asked to call the Cal­gary Po­lice Ser­vice non­emer­gency line at 403-266-1234.

Tips can also be left anony­mously by con­tact­ing CrimeStop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.cal­gar­ycrimestop­pers.org.

Adam Young

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