Police seek Stanley Park killing tips
Park goers are ‘sitting on’ vital information, says VPD
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
Police are continuing increased late-night patrols of the park.