Nova Scotia

Bilby Street death ruled a homicide

A man found dead in a north-end Halifax home was killed weeks earlier, police said Wednesday.
Shawn Andrew Mead was found dead inside a home on Bilby Street on Monday. (CBC)

A man found dead in a Halifax home was killed weeks earlier, police said Wednesday.

Halifax Regional Police classified Shawn Andrew Mead's death as a homicide after an autopsy was conducted.

Mead, 32, was found dead inside 5529 Bilby Street on Monday afternoon.

Halifax Regional Police Const. Brian Palmeter said investigators do not have an exact time of death.

"I'm not able to go into specifics but they believe, based on what they observed, that the death likely occurred three to four weeks ago. So, in the early portion of this month," he said Wednesday.

"We're looking to speak with anyone that can provide information on the victim's activities in the first couple of weeks of June."

Police were called after a friend went to the home to check on a person who lived there. The victim's dog was also found dead in the apartment.

An autopsy was completed on Tuesday but police are not saying how Mead was killed.

"There's people walking by all the time and that it could happen and not be known right away, that's a scary thing," said Robert Black, who owns a metal shop in the neighbourhood.

"My fiancée wants me out of here. She doesn't like me in the neighbourhood at all. She wants to make sure I come home at night."