Calgary

Police investigate after body found on fire in Fish Creek Park

Calgary police are investigating whether a body found on fire early Sunday morning in Fish Creek Provincial Park near the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is the result of suicide or homicide.

Homicide and arson units were both at the scene in southeast Calgary

Firefighters attend the location where a burning body was found in Fish Creek Park on Sunday. (Helen Pike/CBC)

UPDATE: The Calgary Police Service confirmed Tuesday that the body found engulfed in flames in Fish Creak Park on Jan. 5 was a suicide. The person has been preliminarily identified, which will be confirmed later this week. The family has been notified. Police say the death is a non-criminal matter and no further information will be released.


Calgary police are investigating whether a body found on fire early Sunday morning in Fish Creek Provincial Park near the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant is the result of suicide or homicide.

Police responded to the area around 7:30 a.m. Homicide and arson units were both at the scene.

"It is not yet known if this death is criminal in nature, or a result of suicide," said a release.

Police said an autopsy will take place to determine the cause and manner of death.

A map shows the approximate location of where the body was located Sunday morning, near Bow Bottom Trail S.E. (Helen Pike/CBC)

The immediate area near the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant was shut down, but the rest of Fish Creek Park remained open.

In a separate incident earlier on Sunday, police responded to the scene of a man in medical distress in the downtown core. 

He was transported to hospital, but was later pronounced dead, police said.

And on Saturday night, two men were found with gunshot wounds in northeast Calgary. The first man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said anyone with any information is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.

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