Homicide team takes over investigation of suspicious death in Surrey
Published Thursday, June 18, 2020 2:13PM PDT Last Updated Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:51PM PDT
VANCOUVER -- A suspicious death investigation in Surrey has been turned over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, Mounties said Thursday.
The investigation began Wednesday after a woman was dropped off at Peace Arch hospital early in the morning with what RCMP described as "significant injuries."
The woman, who was in her 30’s, did not survive. On Wednesday, police said the cause of her injuries are not known, making her death suspicious.
On Thursday, Surrey RCMP announced that IHIT had assumed conduct of the investigation into the woman's death. She has been identified, but her name has not been released. Police have also made contact with the person who dropped her off at the hospital.
Initally, investigators had part of 168th Street blocked off between 27th and 28th Avenue, and police could be seen taking pictures in that area. As of Thursday, the street had been re-opened and their focus had shifted to a property on 27th Avenue. Both sides of the driveway were blocked off with police tape. Two Maserati cars could be seen parked outside the home, both with license plates beginning with the letters G-T.
Neighbours on the street told CTV there has been unusual vehicle traffic at the home, including cars lining the driveway and -- in past years -- even tour buses arriving at the property. No one seemed to know the people associated with the house.
Corporate registry records show that a company called GPeng Computer Consulting lists the home as its address.
The city of Surrey said its bylaw department has received multiple complaints about the property, including noise complaints and complaints about illegal use, with complainants alleging the property was being used as a business in a residential area. The city said the most recent illegal use complaint was received March 21st, but no violation was found.
Police could also be seen at another home on 161st Street, and yellow tape was visible across the front. Different owners are listed for each of the two properties.
Police have provided few details about their investigation so far, saying only that they have not found any indication of an ongoing risk to the public related to the woman's death.
Mounties say it's possible she was in the area of 168 Street and 27 Avenue at some point Wednesday morning, or the day before.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact IHIT at 877-551-4448 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tips can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.