Po­lice seek Stanley Park killing tips

Park go­ers are ‘sit­ting on’ vi­tal in­for­ma­tion, says VPD

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER - David P. ball

The killing of a Van­cou­ver se­nior in Stanley Park last Fe­bru­ary re­mains un­solved 10 months later, po­lice re­vealed Tues­day in a plea for tips.

But al­though de­tec­tives say they’ve made “head­way” on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, as well as one into a “trau­matic as­sault” on an­other se­nior three months ear­lier, po­lice begged any­one who knows any­thing, even “ru­mours,” about ei­ther in­ci­dent to come for­ward.

“We strongly be­lieve that there’s peo­ple who visit the park at night who have di­rect knowl­edge of th­ese of­fences,” Const. Jason Doucette told re­porters, “and are sit­ting on that knowl­edge.”

One of the se­niors at­tacked in Van­cou­ver’s Stanley Park nearly a year ago is “still re­cov­er­ing” from “se­ri­ous, trau­matic in­juries,” po­lice re­vealed in a state­ment, as the one-year an­niver­sary of the Nov. 16 as­sault ap­proached. And al­though Doucette said po­lice haven’t been able to link the two late-night at­tacks, “We are open to all pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

The first as­sault saw an 82-year-old man found in “dis­tress” in his car around 2 a.m. near the Brock­ton Oval park­ing lot in the park, “suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous, trau­matic in­juries,” the VPD stated. Three months later, a dog-walker found the body of Lubomir Ku­nik, 61, be­tween Sec­ond and Third beaches.

“We’re try­ing to trig­ger peo­ple’s mem­ory,” Doucette said. “If they’ve seen any­thing sus­pi­cious or have any in­for­ma­tion — even if they’re just ru­mours … we’re hop­ing that some­one will see our pleas and rec­og­nize we’ve not yet solved th­ese.” Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing in­creased late-night pa­trols of the park. Mean­while, Doucette said se­cu­rity video footage of sev­eral per­sons of in­ter­est hasn’t yet yielded an­swers.

“Last year around this time we is­sued a pub­lic warn­ing that if you’re go­ing to visit Stanley Park at night not to do so alone,” Doucette added. “We’re ask­ing the pub­lic to re­main vig­i­lant and re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.”

We’re try­ing to trig­ger peo­ple’s mem­ory. Const. Jason Doucette

Cour­tesy VPD

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing in­creased late-night pa­trols of the park.

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