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Police launch homicide investigation into suspicious death in downtown Vernon

FILE PHOTO - RCMP have launched a homicide investigation after a body was found earlier this month near Vernon's Salvation Army House of Hope in the city's downtown.

Vernon RCMP is conducting a homicide investigation after a person was found dead outside the Salvation Army House of Hope in the city's downtown earlier this month.

According to a Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media release, a B.C. Ambulance Service crew were called to a report of an unconscious person in the 3300-block of 32 Avenue at 2 a.m. Jan. 5.

It was found that the unconscious person had died prior to the arrival of first responders. An initial assessment of the victim’s injuries indicated the death to be suspicious.

READ MORE: Vernon RCMP deem death of person found downtown 'suspicious'

"Police secured the scene and members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s General Investigation Section, Forensic Identification Service, and B.C. Coroners Service attended to assist in the investigation. The findings of an autopsy have confirmed the person’s death to be the result of homicide," reads the media release.

Vernon RCMP is asking members of the public that may have been in the area between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Jan. 5 to contact them. Police ask anyone that witnessed anything suspicious or has information related to the incident, to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171.

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