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Updated: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:59:54 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

RCMP to give 'significant' update on Jason Klaus, alleged family killer



Castor, Alta., man Jason Klaus says police have no reason to suspect him in the deaths of his father and sister. His mother is unaccounted for. Supplied

Castor, Alta., man Jason Klaus says police have no reason to suspect him in the deaths of his father and sister. His mother is unaccounted for. Supplied

RCMP say they will be providing a "significant" update today on the case of Jason Klaus, the Alberta man charged with first-degree murder in connection to the killings of his parents and sister last December.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT in Calgary and RCMP say they will speak to the matter at that time.

The remains of Gordon Klaus, 61, and his daughter Monica Klaus, 40, were found in the rubble of a burnt-out house near Castor, Alta., about 1.5 hours east of Red Deer, on Dec. 8, 2013. The body of Sandra Klaus, 62, was never found and police say it may have been destroyed in the fire.

The family dog was also killed.

RCMP found the family vehicle 30 kilometres away.

RCMP ruled the three deaths as homicides in February and on Wednesday a warrant was issued for Klaus's arrest.

A 29-year-old man, Joshua Frank, is also charged with three counts of first-degree murder as well as a charge related to the shooting death of the dog.

The connection between Klaus and Frank isn't known at this point.

In an interview with CBC News last December, Klaus denied he had anything to do with the deaths of his sister and parents and said that police were treating him like a suspect and playing a 'twisted little game' with his head.

Klaus, 41, is also facing a charge of intentionally or recklessly setting fire to a home knowing it was occupied.

The CBC's Bryan Labby will be at the RCMP news conference. Follow him on Twitter for live updates once it gets underway.

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