Edmonton

Site of suspicious death was drug den, locals say

A house in northeast Edmonton that was the scene of a suspicious death early Saturday morning was a derelict drug hangout, neighbours say.
Homicide detectives are probing a suspicious death at a condemned north Edmonton house on Saturday. ((CBC))
A house in northeast Edmonton that was the scene of a suspicious death early Saturday morning was a derelict drug hangout, neighbours say.

Police were called to the house at 117th Avenue and 86th Street at 3:30 a.m. to investigate an assault in progress.

Officers found a 35-year-old aboriginal man dead.

Police have not revealed how the man died, but blood could be seen on the walls inside the door. Homicide detectives are handling the investigation.

Two men, aged 52 and 34, were arrested and are being interviewed, but no charges have been laid, officials said.

Royce Ziegler, who lives in the area, said a man has been living in the house for years. But it had become a drug hangout and the city had recently condemned the residence, he said.

"We started having problems with the house when his mom and dad passed away. And the thing is that we phoned the police many, many times on that house. And they were doing their best, and that was it," he said.

There have been 39 homicides in Edmonton in 2011.

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