The man accused of the 1976 murder of a teenage girl made his initial court appearance in Calgary yesterday, although he was not physically present in the courtroom. 

Last week, 72-year-old Ronald James Edwards was arrested and charged in connection with the death of 16-year-old single mother Pauline Brazeau, who had recently moved to Calgary from Saskatchewan.

Brazeau was last seen in January 1976 at a restaurant in Calgary.  

Her body was discovered in a wooded area near Cochrane, and investigators believe she was fatally stabbed. 

The case had been classified as a cold case for decades until advancements in DNA technology in 2021 enabled progress, ultimately leading police to identify a suspect.

Ronald James Edwards, a resident of Sundre, is now facing a charge of non-capital murder, aligning with the legal terminology of the 1970s Criminal Code. 

He is scheduled to appear in Cochrane Provincial court on Nov. 21. 

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