Over 90 persons of interest identified in Burnaby teenager's murder

Aug 24 2017, 6:00 am

Investigators with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) and the Burnaby RCMP have located video footage that they say has “narrowed” their timeline and provided investigators with the last-known whereabouts of homicide victim Marrisa Shen.

Shen was last seen at her Burnaby home on Tuesday, July 18.

Police began looking for Shen just after 11:30 pm that evening and discovered her body in the southeast side of Burnaby’s Central Park around 1:10 am on Wednesday morning.

Now, IHIT and the Burnaby RCMP are continuing with their combined efforts and have identified more than 90 persons of interest, and are following up on nearly 200 tips.

“Investigators are working tirelessly to determine what information these persons of interest may have if any,” said IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Meghan Foster. “Moreover, video footage has been collected from more than 60 locations, and this adds up to thousands of hours of review that is currently underway.”

To further aid them in their investigation, police are now asking that the media and any member of the public provide any video footage they may have.

Specifically, police are looking for footage from Shen’s vigil that occurred in Burnaby’s Central Park on July 22, and from her funeral that occurred at Mountain View Cemetery in Burnaby on July 28.

“Police now believe that Miss Shen’s homicide occurred in Burnaby Central Park where she was found,” said Foster. “It should be noted that this does not change our belief that Miss Shen’s homicide was random.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-4448. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leave a tip online at solvecrime.ca.

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