Strong odor at Granville St. apartment leads to discovery of woman's body

Vancouver police are treating the death as city's 13th homicide in 2018

A strong odor emanating from a Granville Street apartment led to Wednesday morning's discovery of a woman's body.

Vancouver Police Department's Major Crime Section is treating the death as Vancouver's 13th homicide.

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They will not release the name of the 31-year-old Vancouver resident until her next-of-kin have been located and informed of her death.

Police were first called to the Regal Hotel on Granville Street near Helmcken Street at around 4:30 a.m. on August. They had been notified about a strong odor on the second floor. They found the deceased woman inside one of the apartments.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Const. Jason Doucette said "detectives do not believe this was a random event and advise that there is no risk to the general public."

Police do not believe she was a resident of the hotel, which he said operates as a long-term rental.

Doucette would not disclose when it's believed the woman died. Investigators have been looking at video and talking to witnesses, urging others to come forward.

Asked what led investigators to deem it a homicide, Doucette said "that's why it took us a day to go public."

Police are called to all sudden deaths and he said it was important to "slow things down and not overlook things."

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call detectives are 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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