Edmonton man wanted for murder arrested in Vancouver

Gregory Tessman
Photo: EPS

EDMONTON Police say that the man allegedly involved in the death of Valerie Maurice, 29, of Montreal was arrested on Tuesday evening by the Vancouver Police Department.

Gregory Christopher Tessman, 49, was arrested downtown Vancouver on East Hastings Street at a homeless shelter this evening and is charged with second-degree murder.

“I would like to thank the media for their assistance with this investigation, which ultimately led to the quick arrest of Mr. Tessman,” said Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section Staff-Sgt. Bill Clark.

Valerie Maurice       Photo: Facebook

Northeast Division patrol officers responded to a “check on welfare” call on Thursday, August 31 at a residence in the area of 144th Avenue and 88A Street. Upon arrival, a woman was found dead inside a suite where she did not reside.

On Friday, September 1, the Edmonton Medical Examiner determined that Maurice died as a result of strangulation. The manner of death was homicide, the EPS said.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued on September 5 for the arrest of Tessman in relation to Maurice’s death.