Updated: IHIT investigating homicide in Whalley

SURREY — Police say an autopsy will be required to determine how Surrey’s 14th homicide of 2014 died.

The body of the victim, a man in his  mid-50s, was found in a basement suite in the 11000-block of 136th Street in Whalley on Sunday night. His name has not yet been released.

"The identity of the victim has not been confirmed, however, based on the informal identity thus far we can say we believe the victim to be in his mid-fifties and known to police," said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound, of IHIT. "The victim is believed to have met with foul play."

Representatives from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team did not confirm or deny reports the man had been stabbed or otherwise assaulted.

A Surrey RCMP spokesman said police were called to the scene at about 8 p.m. by Surrey firefighters who were responding to a medical call at the house.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-4448.

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