Deaths of seven-year-old Sask. girl and her father declared a homicide and suicide by RCMP

The deaths of seven-year-old Nia and her in rural Saskatchewan have officially been ruled a homicide and suicide, according to RCMP.

The autopsies of Nia Eastman and her 45-year-old father, , were completed Monday, RCMP said in a news release. According to police, “there is no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved.”

Nia Eastman was the subject of an on Thursday at 4:15 a.m., which was deactivated after RCMP found her body in a home in , Sask. Her father, Adam Jay Eastman, had failed to return the girl to her mother the previous day after picking the Grade 1 student up from William Mason School. RCMP found his body Thursday around 5:30 a.m., dead with what RCMP described as apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds on a rural property east of Smeaton. Soon after, police found the body of Nia Eastman.

The specific causes of death will not be released for either individual, RCMP said Tuesday.

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THE / GrahamPolice tape marks off a house in Choiceland, Sask., Thursday, Nov.10, 2016.

Choiceland is approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Prince Albert.

According to court documents, Adam Jay Eastman was under a no-contact order for his spouse and , Eastman. The documents also show he was prohibited from entering Eastman’s home in Choiceland.

Eastman was released on an undertaking after being charged with assaulting Crystal on Aug. 23.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Melinda Fleming, whose children played with Nia. All funds raised will go towards helping mother Crystal Eastman. In addition, a Facebook page has been set up in Nia Eastman’s memory, where those who knew her are invited to share photos and memories about her. “Maybe a song for Crystal, a poem, a quote … Something for Crystal and her family to have a place to go when they need a visual memory,” posted the page’s administrator.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jennifer Graham Investigators go over a house in Choiceland, Sask., Thursday, Nov.10, 2016.

Fleming said she wants to support Nia’s mother as she mourns the loss of a sweet, talented and daughter.

“When I think of Nia, all I can picture is her smile that could light up a room. She was always so happy and kind,” Fleming wrote on the website, which has a photo of the smiling, bespectacled girl.

“My kids loved going over to play with Nia. If they could, I’m sure they would have went over there every day! They grew close and formed a good friendship. We will all miss Nia dearly. She was taken from this life far too soon.

“Heaven gained a beautiful angel … Rest easy beautiful girl.”

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