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Murder charges dropped

Charges have been stayed against a man accused in the deaths of an Alberta couple who disappeared almost four years ago.

Alberta Justice confirms that it is not going ahead with two counts of first-degree murder against Travis Vader.

Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert, a bedroom community north of Edmonton, were reported missing in July 2010.

The seniors were last seen alive filling up their motorhome for a trip to British Columbia.

The burned-out vehicle was found west of Edmonton two days later, but the couple's bodies have never been found.

A stay means the Crown has the option of reactivating the charges in the next year if new evidence comes up.

The Canadian Press

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