RCMP and IHIT members investigate a body found at Joe Brown Park in Surrey on Sept. 18.

Man’s body found in Surrey park

Victim not yet identified; Homicide brings the city's murder count to 17.

A body was discovered in a park in Surrey Wednesday morning, marking the 17th homicide of the year in the city.

The body was found by joggers in Joe Brown Park, on Station Road in the Panorama Ridge neighbourhood early in the morning on Sept. 18.

Jennifer Pound, spokesperson with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), said the victim has not been identified and details were minimal as of noon Wednesday.

She did say that “foul play appears to be a factor in his death.”

The death pushes Surrey well past the annual average over the past decade of 14 murders. The most recorded was in 2005, when there were 21.

The latest scene is just off of Colebrook Road, where several bodies were found earlier this year, prompting the installation of cameras in the area.

The coroner was on scene and investigators were canvassing the area Wednesday.

Anyone with information on the body found in the park is asked contact the IHIT tip line by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca

More details as they are known…

– with files from Kevin Diakiw

Surrey North Delta Leader

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