The Prince George RCMP is still looking for answers relating to a suspicious death.
Police say they found the body of man around 10:50 a.m. Sunday in the bushes along the bypass area of Highway 97, across from Pine Centre Mall. Cpl. Craig Douglas says the Major Crime Unit and the Forensic Identification Service are continuing to search the are for clues. “It’s sort of a homeless camp has been in that area so that investigation obviously started yesterday, it’s still in the early stages and we’ve secured off that area.”
Douglass says he believes the death occurred shortly after an assault was reported near the location off the Massey exit. “That will be part of the investigation as to how this person obviously came to be deceased, whether or not an assault was involved, or whether or not there was some sort of attack,” he said. “At this time we have no reason to believes this is related to any previous shootings or homicides, we are looking at this as its own investigation.”
Police are protecting the scene for now and maintain there is no evidence to support the public is at risk. Douglass says these types of incidents are nothing out of the ordinary. “We’ve had suspicious deaths in wooded areas before. I can think of one on Foothills, I can think of one in the Massey area a few years ago. These unfortunately aren’t that unusual.”
However, the City of Prince George is still concerned about the fact a homeless camp was set up in the area. Manager of Bylaw Services, Fred Krittenden, says a prevalence of camps have been found in the last month. “Because it’s been such an ongoing issue with this, we recently created a new code in our records management so we can track the number of incidents we’re having,” Krittenden said. “We’ve got 11 in our system right now this year, five of those are in the last month.”
For now, police will continue to look for answers and provide more information once an official autopsy is completed on the body of the male victim later this week. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the detachment at (250) 561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.