A charge has been laid in connection with the death of a Calgary senior.
Police say they received a report just after 4 o’clock Tuesday morning that someone had died at a home in the 3000-block of Rideau Place S.W.
A woman in her 80’s was found dead inside the home, and a man in his 80’s was taken into custody.
Police believe this was a domestic incident.
On Tuesday afternoon, police announced 85-year-old Siegfried Van Zuiden had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 80-year-old wife Audrey.
It’s not known what prompted the attack.
Van Zuiden will be in court on Wednesday to answer to the charge.
Van Zuiden, in his 80s, is originally from Holland. He has written a book about Nazi-occupied Holland, described as “a personal account of survival.”
According to his author biography, van Zuiden came to Canada in 1952 and eventually settled in Calgary where he founded a sailboat business.
Neighbours said residents in the Devonshire House apartment building suspected van Zuiden suffered from dementia.
Scott Malo said the whole incident is shocking.
“Nothing really happens around here,” he said. “I didn’t know what was happening.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or contact Crime Stoppers.