Police investigate suspicious death in Vanier
Upstairs neighbour finds body after hearing loud noise
An Ottawa man has died in suspicious circumstances.
Officers with the major crime unit were called to a small bungalow on Vanier’s Jolliet Avenue at about noon Thursday after police re- ceived a report that a man’s body had been found in a basement apartment.
By late evening, police would only say that they were investigating a “ suspicious death.” They declined to release the name or the age of the victim, or the cause of death, pending autopsy results.
However, neighbours and and family members identified the victim as Denis Mitrow, a resident of 102 Jolliet Ave., and described him as a man in his early 50s.
Mitrow, they say, was shar- ing his apartment with a woman by the name of Martha. Neighbours described her as an Inuit from Nunavut. She had been living in the apartment for about six years. In recent days, another man had also been staying in the apartment, neighbours said.
Mitrow was well known to area residents, having lived on Jolliet Avenue for about a dozen years.
“ He liked his beer and he liked his music,” said one neighbour, who gave his name only as Rocky. He related how he and the victim often played guitar together. “He was a happy drunk.”
Other neighbours say there was another side to Mitrow’s fondness for drink.
“He was a nice guy, but the cops were here regularly,” said Chris Wenge, who lives across the street. “They (De- nis and Martha) were constantly fighting.”
Gilles Berlinguette, the victim’s uncle, who also lives on the street, said he understood from other relatives that Mitrow had been stabbed.
Based on statements from neighbours, it appears that the woman who lives in the apartment above Mitrow’s thought something was wrong after she heard the music suddenly stop, only to be followed by a “loud noise” and the sight of Martha running outside. She went to investigate and found Mitrow’s body.
Investigators were called to 102 Jolliett Ave. Thursday after a man’s body was found in a basement apartment. Neighbours and family identified the man as Denis Mitrow, who had lived there for about 12 years.