Burnaby, BC – Burnaby: IHIT can now confirm that the suspicious death of 13-year-old, Marrisa SHEN is a homicide investigation. Currently, investigators are working to determine motive and identify a suspect. The evidence recovered doesn’t indicate if Miss Shen was the intended victim of homicide, or if her homicide was a random act. The risk to public remains unknown, but we ask that the public remain vigilant.
Investigators have identified video surveillance footage that has narrowed down the timeline of Miss Shen’s whereabouts, and she was seen leaving her residence at 6:02 p.m. on July 18, 2017.
Anyone who may have seen Miss Shen after 6 p.m. on July 18 is asked to contact police. Since our press conference yesterday, we have received a number of tips and would like to thank the public for the assistance rendered so far.
We are still in the crucial stages of the evidence gathering process, and are conducting a widespread area canvass of the park in partnership with the Vancouver Police Department.
Cpl. Meghan Foster of IHIT says, “Investigators are working tirelessly to gather and review evidence. No stone will be left unturned, and we ask that anyone with information contact police so that we can apprehend those responsible, and hold them accountable.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected] Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).