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Investigators determine death near Seton Portage to be homicide


LILLOOET - The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and Lillooet RCMP are continuing their investigation into the suspicious death of a man in a residence near Seton Portage this past weekend.

Investigators have confirmed that the death of Patrick (Zube) Aylward was a homicide and a dedicated tipline has been set up.

The death occured at a residence on Highline Road, Anderson Lake (Seton Portage) this past weekend. A forensic autopsy for the deceased male was completed on October 18. Alyward was 71 years old and lived in Seton Portage. The release of the victim’s identity has been made in order to advance the investigation.

The RCMP are aware of numerous rumours about Aylward’s death, circulating around the communities of Seton Portage, D’Arcy, Pemberton and Whistler. The investigation to date leads investigators to believe that his murder was a targeted and isolated incident and does not create a safety risk for others in the community.

"To protect the integrity of the investigation the cause of Mr. Ayward's death will not be released. Investigators have confirmed, however, that his death was a murder. Investigators continue to pursue a multitude of tips and thank the public for their assistance. Investigators are still interested in speaking to anyone who travelled Highline Road during the late evening of Friday, Oct. 12 and early morning of Saturday, Oct. 13," Cpl Dan Moskaluk says in a media release.

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit have activated a dedicated tip line for the investigation into Aylwards death and that should anyone have information regarding his murder to contact Tip Line at 1-(877)-987-8477.

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