Be vigilant: RCMP warn after murdered woman’s body found near UBC trail
By Staff Reporter
RCMP are warning members of the public to be vigilant when using recreational trails after a woman’s body was found on a trail in Pacific Spirit Park near West 41st and Camosun Street on Friday. RCMP spokesman Cpl. Peter Thiessen said the woman was murdered.
The woman’s body was found at around 2:45 p.m., said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Peter Thiessen.
“On April 3, 2009, at 2:45pm, UBC RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance Service that a body of an adult female was found on the nature trail in Pacific Spirit Park near the corner of West 41st Ave and Camosun Street,” he said.
A hiker found the body and police say the woman was murdered.
“The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) cannot discount that this incident was not the result of a random act,” said Thiessen, an indication that the woman could have been a victim of an attack by a stranger.
“IHIT has attended along with Lower Mainland District Forensic Identification Services, Police Dog Services and the Lower Mainland District Tactical Team who are conducting the Search and Canvas of the area,” Thiessen added.
Vancouver Police are working the area as well to assist RCMP and to coordinate the search for information.
“We recognize that people are going to have concerns and we share those concerns. Rest assured that we are employing all necessary resources in an effort to find out what happened and we want to reassure the public that we will provide information as quickly as possible,” said Thiessen.
“We remind the public to be extremely vigilant when utilizing recreational trails,” he added.
Thiessen had he following tips for members of the public.
- Always walk, jog or cycle with a companion.
- Do not wear headphones, you need to know what is going on around you.
- Carry a whistle or battery powered personal alarm device with you.
- Always have your car keys handy so you can get into your car quickly.
- Tell a friend or family member where you are heading and the route you will be taking, and how long you will be there.
- Take a cell phone with you.
- Vary the times you use any trails. .
- Wear bright colored clothes to improve your visibility.
- Try to avoid heavily wooded areas, secluded areas, or areas which would offer poor visibility.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-543-9217 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).