Major crime unit investigating homicide in Saanich


Major crime investigators are probing a homicide after a man was found dead in a Saanich home on Wednesday.

Saanich police responded to a 911 call for help at a home on Battleford Avenue, where they found the man’s body, at around 11:30 a.m.

His death has been deemed a homicide but police are saying little about what happened to him.

A construction company owner said he was doing work at a nearby property on Battleford Avenue Wednesday when he heard strange noises.

The man said he and his crew, working two properties down, heard someone nearby saying “help me” several times between 10 and 10:30 a.m. before things went quiet.

Longia said he didn’t think much of it as the voice didn’t sound “too distressful” and said he is deeply regretful for not calling police as he never imagined it would have been a homicide.

He said after four to five minutes of quiet he then heard “please don’t,” followed by quiet again. Police arrived on scene about an hour later.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is now on the case and the home is being held by police as the investigation continues.

Police are not releasing the identity of the deceased man.

They say the homicide is considered an “isolated incident” and that both parties would have been known to one another.

Investigators do not believe the homicide is linked to last Friday’s assault in the area or a fire that occurred at a room house on the same street last month.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211.


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