June 24, 2013 - 12:20 PM
KELOWNA - In the six months or so that Theresa Ashley Neville lived as tenant with her family in their Yates Road home, her landlords saw no one resembling the police sketch of a person of interest.
Homeowner Frank Schlief says he rented the home to Neville, who lived there with her two daughters and partner, who he believes worked as a bailiff. Schlief describes the family as "low-key," and saw the four of them together only a handful of times.
Neither Frank, nor his father Horst who lives next to the home, recognize the man in a police sketch released on the weekend. RCMP say the individual of interest is a potential witness to the crime and are asking for the public's help finding the man.
Shortly after 12 a.m. on Tuesday June 18 Kelowna RCMP taped off the house at 397 Yates Rd where they discovered the body of the 27-year-old woman in what they are now investigating as a murder.
The Schliefs are among many neighbouring residents questioned by police during the investigation. They had little reason to pay extra attention to the family; they were good tenants who always paid the rent on time and kept their yard tidy.
“I saw her three times maybe in the six months she lived there,” Frank says.
He believes Neville stayed at home to look after her two daughters, ages eight and 10, according to the police report. Horst says he understood Neville had a previous partner, and that her two daughters were "from a previous arrangement.... She was going through a break-up before she moved there."
“She was just a quiet woman, I think she didn't want to be seen too much,” he says, but noted he often saw her partner going in and out of the home. “He was there every day, in and out... he always had a handful of papers,” he says.
Neville's body was found inside the rental home at 397 Yates Road where she had been living with her partner and two young daughters
(JULIE WHITTET /InfoTel Multimedia)
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