Update: RCMP rule out foul play in View Royal death

View Royal resident's death deemed unrelated to criminal activity, with case being turned over to B.C. Coroners Service

  • Dec. 15, 2013 12:00 p.m.

West Shore RCMP have ruled out the possibility of foul play being involved in the death of Kathleen Suzanne Alford, 44, whose body was found on Pheasant Lane in View Royal on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Investigators with the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit and the RCMP have been working on the case and base their findings on “an extensive analysis of the investigational findings, including the results of a forensic autopsy.”

With no criminal involvement suspected, the RCMP will now be turning over the case to the B.C. Coroners Service.

Original story:

Police continue to investigate the death of View Royal resident Kathleen Suzanne Alford, 44. As of News Gazette deadline the area near where she was found Saturday (Dec. 14) evening in the 1300 block of Pheasant Lane, remained behind police tape.

“While there are suspicious aspects to this death which remain under close examination, police have not yet deemed it a homicide,” said Cpl. Darren Lagan, media relations for Island District RCMP.

Investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, West Shore RCMP Major Crime Section, RCMP Forensic Identification Section, and the B.C. Coroner Services are involved in the ongoing investigation.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

A forensic autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow (Dec. 17).