Almost a year after two attacks took place in Stanley Park, Vancouver Police (VPD) are appealing to the public for any additional information on the cases.
And although detectives have made “significant progress” on the cases, police said they are aware there are “witnesses who visit the park at night, who have additional information” relating to both cases and would like those people to contact police.
The first case in question took place on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, just after 2 am.
A citizen driving past the north parking lot of Brockton Oval in Stanley Park observed an 82-year-old man alone in his car in apparent distress. Officers arrived to find the man suffering from serious, traumatic injuries. The elderly man is still recovering and is cooperating with the police investigation.
Less than three months after the incident at Brockton Oval, 61-year-old Lubomir “Lubo” Kunik was on the seawall between Second and Third beaches in Stanley Park when he was attacked and killed. His body was located shortly before 11 pm, on Wednesday, February 1, by a man walking his dog on the beach.
“Detectives from the VPD’s Homicide Unit have made headway in the investigations and both remain active,”said VPD Const. Jason Doucette. “Although these attacks in Stanley Park appear random, significant progress has been made in identifying those responsible.”
Investigators have spoken with “frequent visitors” to the park, as well as residents of the West End,” Doucette added.
Police, he noted, “know there are lots of rumours out there about the attacks, especially amongst those who visit the trails at night.”
Rumour or not, Doucette stressed, “we are asking people to come forward with any information they have about either of these incidents.”
Anyone who has any information about either of these incidents is asked to call detectives at 604-717-2500, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leave a tip online at solvecrime.ca.