Two bodies discovered in Surrey, one in Fleetwood now ID’d as that of Greg Lupel, 27

IHIT on case near strip mall parking lot in Fleetwood

  • Nov. 26, 2016 5:00 p.m.

A Surrey RCMP cruiser.

*UPDATED STORY

By Nick Eaglund, Postmedia

SURREY — Police are investigating after two bodies were discovered here within 24 hours, one in a ditch and another next to a grocery store.

The first body was discovered around 10:30 p.m. Friday near a Safeway store at 88th Avenue and 152nd Street, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Blair McColl.

He said police and paramedics tried to revive the person when they arrived on scene but were unsuccessful.

On Sunday afternoon, police identified the dead man as Greg Lupel, 27, of no fixed address. He was known to frequent the Surrey area, police stated.

“Mr. Lupel’s death is suspicious, and IHIT (the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team) will continue investigating to ensure nothing is overlooked,” Corporal Meghan Foster of IHIT said.

“An autopsy and further testing is required to determine Mr. Lupel’s cause of death, and to determine if foul play was a factor.”

“Anyone who knew, or spoke with Mr. Lupel is asked to call police.”

Meanwhile, at just before 3 p.m. Saturday, a second body was discovered in a water-filled ditch by a mother and two children walking down the 3600-block of 176th Street.

McColl said it appeared as though the body had “been there some time.”

An underwater recovery team was deployed to investigate. There is no known cause of death and IHIT was not called. Investigators remained on scene Saturday evening.

“We have a number of avenues to cover off — whether it’s an accident, whether it’s anything else,” McColl said. “We’ve got a lot of area to cover before we make any determinations.”

He said the investigation was still “very active” and could lead to a stretch of 176th Street north of 32nd Avenue being closed overnight.

With file by Now staff

 

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