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13-year-old girl found dead in Burnaby's Central Park

Crime, News

13-year-old girl found dead in Burnaby's Central Park

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Jenni Sheppard Jul 19, 2017 2:57 pm 123,948

The body of a 13-year-old girl from Burnaby has been found in Central Park, she is believed to be a victim of homicide.

According to a release from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, Marrisa Shen was last seen at home on Tuesday, July 18.

Police began looking for Shen just after 11:30 pm, and discovered her body in the southeast side of the park at around 1:10 am on Wednesday morning.

In these two maps, the area in which Shen was found is circled in red:

This map shows where Marissa Shen's body was found (IHIT)

This map shows where Marrisa Shen’s body was found (IHIT)

This map shows where Marissa Shen's body was found (IHIT)

This map shows where Marrisa Shen’s body was found (IHIT)

In the release, Corp. Meghan Foster called Shen’s death a tragedy and said her family had been left devastated.

“We understand there will be many questions, but until we know more and can provide further updates, we ask that the public remain vigilant,” said Foster.

According to police, Shen was last seen at home at 1 pm on Tuesday and last heard from on the phone at 5 pm.

Upon finding her Shen’s body, police say, circumstances led them to believe she had been killed, however, an autopsy will be need to determine how she died.

IHIT is working with Burnaby RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, the Integrated Police Dog Service, and the BC Coroner’s Service to establish what happened.

Police ask the public to stay alert and are urging anyone who may have seen Shen between 1 pm on Tuesday and 1 am on Wednesday to contact the police.

Anyone who observed anything of suspicious happening in Central Park during the day or night on Tuesday are also urged to contact police.

You can contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or [email protected]. Or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at solvecrime.ca.

IHIT have provided this full size image of Marissa Shen, whose body was found in Burnaby's Central Park (IHIT)

IHIT have provided this full size image of Marrisa Shen, whose body was found in Burnaby’s Central Park (IHIT)

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Jenni Sheppard
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