Sunday, November 12, 2006

Body found near Elbow Falls

Police probe homicide, arson links
Police scour the area near Elbow Falls where a man's body has been discovered.

Sarah Chapman and Peter green, with files from Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald
Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006 Link

Homicide investigators are looking into the possibility that a body found near Elbow Falls is that of a well-known Calgary man missing since Tuesday.

Brian Wayne Kullman, 39, an avid cyclist, has not been seen for five days.

And arson investigators have been poring over his Inglewood home since a neighbour alerted the fire department to smoke in the residence on Wednesday.

A friend told the Herald on Saturday that news of Kullman's disappearance has left friends and family worried.

"We went out to a movie (last) Saturday -- that's why it came as such a shock to me," said Rob Kattenburg, who has known Kullman for about 20 years. Kattenburg described Kullman as "a laid-back guy" who works as a well services programmer in Calgary.

On Friday, emergency crews were called to Highway 66 southwest of Bragg Creek where a man's body had been found. Tape blocked off the roadside turnout on Saturday near a hill leading to a ravine.

Forensic investigators were on scene for much of the day, climbing over the guardrail to the grassy stretch tucked among the trees of Kananaskis Country.

The fire in Kullman's home caused minimal damage, but by Thursday further suspicious circumstances led arson investigators to call in the homicide unit.

"When (arson) came back the next day, they saw some things to them that looked out of sorts and requested homicide to assist them," said Duty Insp. Luch Berti.

Berti said police have no suspects for the arson or Kullman's disappearance, but added police hope more tips from the public come in.

Police say the death of the man near Elbow Falls is suspicious, and are investigating to see whether the body is in fact Kullman.

"We are collaborating, forensically, with the RCMP to determine whether there is a crossover between their discovery and our investigation into the missing person," said Calgary police Duty Insp. Guy Slater on Friday. "However, nothing will be determined until a positive identification and autopsy has been completed."

Staff Sgt. Barry Cochran of the Calgary police homicide unit was at Elbow Falls on Saturday.

He said no vehicle was found near the man's body.

Mounties said someone notified Kananaskis Emergency Services of the body and crews were sent to the scene near Highway 66 southeast of Bragg Creek on Friday.

Kullman's family did not wish to comment when contacted Saturday.

Kullman is a well-known cyclist, who often rides west of Calgary. On his online blog, he calls himself "the king of the mountains."

Kattenburg said Kullman is well-liked and a passionate athlete.

"As far as I knew, he'd go home and he'd train," he said. "He had his own training equipment in his basement and that's his life."

Police said he was last seen by friends and family on Tuesday at about 11:30 p.m.

His car, a silver 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 station wagon, with Alberta licence plate EJT 768, was recovered in a southeast Calgary business parking lot early Saturday.

The vehicle, which was not damaged, is being examined by the Forensic Crime Scene Unit.

"(There was) nothing out of the ordinary -- it wasn't totalled or it wasn't involved in an accident," said Duty Insp. Luch Berti.


jetboy747 said...

Hey Reid, I just saw your picture on the news with your buddy. Sorry I haven't kept up on this. I'm so busy scrapbooking these days.

I'm really, really sorry. I think I met Brian actually. Anyway, sorry to hear about all this.

13/11/06 7:35 AM

Anonymous said...


I also saw the pic from your blog on Global news this morning.

I know there is nothing anyone can say or do to help how you must be feeling right now, but please know you are in our thoughts.

I am so very sorry - I don't know what to say.

Take good care of yourself and those you love my friend.

13/11/06 8:23 AM

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13/11/06 3:37 PM

Anonymous said...

My heart breaks for all of you. I work with Brian, and think the world of him. I continue to pray for his safe return, as well as strength for each of you in this very difficult time.

13/11/06 5:23 PM

OneMeterFemur said...

Date: Mon Nov 13 18:32:06 2006
Subject: Further to the body found in Kananaskis Country
From: Duty Inspector

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The Calgary Police Service has identified the body found in
Kananaskis Country on Friday November 10, 2006. Release of
the identity will be held pending notification of next of

The Violent Crime Team 1 continues investigating this
incident. Several sites through out the city have been
searched and evidence recovered.


Public Email Contact:

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Resolution is at hand. My heart sinks. Non oblitus

13/11/06 7:19 PM

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this terrible tragedy.... I used to date Brian, years ago, and when I saw the news late last week that he was missing my heart just sank. You are in my thoughts and prayers, as are the rest of his friends and family.

13/11/06 10:00 PM