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