RCMP investigate Alberni’s first homicide of 2012

Alberni RCMP are investigating the death of a 75-year-old man found dead on Friday night. The RCMP major crimes unit has been brought in.

A small house in the 3500 block of Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni sits behind police tape on Saturday afternoon. Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 75-year-old resident who was found inside on Friday night. The RCMP's major crimes unit has been brought in to help investigate.

A small house in the 3500 block of Fourth Avenue in Port Alberni sits behind police tape on Saturday afternoon. Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 75-year-old resident who was found inside on Friday night. The RCMP's major crimes unit has been brought in to help investigate.

The Port Alberni RCMP is investigating its first homicide of the year, RCMP Cpl. Jen Allan said.

Police were called to a residence in 3500 block of Fourth Avenue at 10:15 p.m. on Friday night.

There, they found the 75-year-old resident dead. Officers surveyed the scene and found evidence that lead them to deem the death as suspicious.

Port Alberni RCMP’s general investigative section and forensic identification unit are on the scene. The Vancouver Island RCMP major crimes unit is also involved.

Allan couldn’t say if the resident was known to police “But I don’t believe so,” she said.

The investigation is in its early stage and no suspect has been identified, Allan said.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

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