Man's death on grounds of UBC president's home deemed suspicious
UBC RCMP initially said death did not appear suspicious, but have issued a statement saying it is
UBC RCMP are now classifying as suspicious the death of a man, whose body was found on the grounds of Norman Mackenzie House, the residence of UBC president Arvind Gupta.
The body was discovered around 12:30 p.m. PT and at first, police said it did not appear to be a suspicious death.
In an initial statement, Cpl. Brenda Wilpenny said the dead man did not appear to have any connection to the president.
"We're just trying to determine the circumstances as to how that individual would have ended up where he is," she said.
"And the fact he is deceased. So we're obviously taking all investigative avenues as to why that person is deceased."
Cause of death not yet determined
Shortly after 6:30 pm. PT RCMP issued a second statement.
"The investigators have deemed the death suspicious in nature and have solicited the assistance of the Lower Mainland Specialized Units to assist with the investigation," said the statement.
Norman Mackenzie House is situated on a fairly large property next to the Museum of Anthropology on Northwest Marine Drive.
The body was not found near the residence, but somewhere further away in the grounds, say investigators.
Police say they will issue another statement once cause of death has been determined.
With files from Chantelle Bellerichard