Police hope to name murder victim soon
Homicide investigators are hoping to reveal more details in the next few days about the female body discovered in North Vancouver’s Kirkstone Park last week.
On Wednesday (Feb. 9), Cpl. Dale Carr, spokesman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said police may soon be able to confirm the identity of the victim and possibly whether the body was dumped at the scene.
“That’s our hope, but often times in policing things our hopes get crushed,” Carr told The Outlook at press deadline. “We’re still trying to finalize a few things.”
Carr confirmed the body, which was found around 1 p.m. Feb. 2, was wrapped in plastic, but noted the remains were not dismembered. “There were also no signs of decomposition to suggest it was there for a long period of time.”
The gruesome discovery was made by an area resident on a vacant lot in the 2200-block of Kirkstone Drive, next to the park. Trails on the property are frequented by local residents and users of the nearby Karen Magnusson Rec Centre.
“Me and my boyfriend usually walk the dog down there [Kirkstone Park]. It’s really freaky,” local resident Samantha Baine told The Outlook.
“I’m concerned. We just moved here from Squamish and thought the neighbourhood was pretty safe. It’s shocking.”
Carr, however, said there’s no indication that people in the area are in any danger. “There’s no reason for the community to be worried at all,” he said. “People should carry on with life as it was before this happened.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.
Check www.northshoreoutlook.com for updates.