Following the public warning issued yesterday by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, there have been some concerns raised over the timing of the warning.
“As police officers we are morally, ethically and legally responsible to balance the protection of the public and the integrity of the investigation. In cases, where suicide is a possibility, there is a particular emphasis on the protection of information in order to be empathetic and understanding to the sensitive issues that surround some of our cases,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Upon first response, there was evidence to suggest that the death of Jill Lyons was a suicide, however, the New Westminster Police continued to process the scene as a suspicious death in order to retrieve any and all evidence that could be located.
Given the fact that Karen Nabors was found within the same apartment complex and both women were known to engage on-line as escorts, IHIT has conduct of both investigations.
As it stands, both deaths remain suspicious and the investigations are in the early stages. Foul play has not been confirmed nor has it been ruled out. Further analysis will be required before these questions may be answered. The autopsy for Karen Nabors is scheduled for today and toxicology results are pending for both victims.
IHIT continues to ask those individuals engaging in a high risk lifestyle to take extra precautions.
Anyone with information is asked to speak with investigators by calling the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT, or, if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.