Suspicious deaths of two female escorts in New Westminster
Two female escorts are dead and police are warning women to be wary in New Westminster, according to RCMP Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
“The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in conjunction with the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) is asking the public to be vigilant following two separate suspicious deaths,” Pound said in a release today.
“The first incident occurred on Aug. 12, just before 10 p.m., when the NWPD responded to the sudden death of 45-year-old Jill Lyons, at an apartment complex in the 200 block of 11 Street. It was unclear on the cause of death and an autopsy showed inconclusive results. As it stands, investigators are awaiting the toxicology results to assist in determining the cause of death.
“The second female, 48-year-old Karen Nabors, was located deceased in her home on Aug. 25. The NWPD were dispatched to the same apartment complex on 11 Street and evidence retrieved supports that foul play may be a factor.”
The two victims were located in their own apartments within the same apartment complex and they were known to each other. As a result of the similar nature and Geography of the two deaths IHIT has taken conduct of both investigations.
“Investigators know both women were engaged in a high risk lifestyle and were working as on-line escorts,” Pound said. “ IHIT’s priority is to reach out to all escorts and remind them of the risks involved and to take extra precaution as it is unclear at this point why, or even if, they are in fact being targeted.
“We are asking anyone with information to come forward and speak with investigators by calling the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT or, if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.”