Nova Scotia

Dartmouth death ruled homicide

Halifax Regional Police are now calling the death of a Dartmouth man a homicide. On Friday morning at 2:26 a.m. police responded to a call at 56 Havenbrook Hill in Portland Hills subdivision and found a dead male at the scene.

Police still investigating the scene

Halifax Regional Police are calling the death of a Dartmouth man a homicide.

On Friday morning at 2:26 a.m. police responded to a call at 56 Havenbrook Hill in the Portland Hills subdivision and found a dead male at the scene. At the time they described the death as suspicious.

"We did have ground search and rescue assist us yesterday in looking for evidence; however, they completed their search last night," said Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath.

"We still have forensic identification officers on scene," Rath said.

"They are processing the scene inside the house today and we expect that we will continue to be there into today and possibly tomorrow."

On Friday at approximately 3:30 a.m., police took two men into custody. The men have since been released without charges.

An autopsy was also conducted Saturday and the cause of death has been ruled a homicide, police said in a release.

The victim’s name will be withheld pending official identification and the notification of next of kin.

Neighbours told CBC News a father and son lived in the home and had just moved there over the summer. They had previously lived on the same street a few houses away, neighbours said.

People in the neighbourhood have been co-operative with police, Rath said.

According to online property records, the home is registered to Mohammad Rashidi.

A friend of the family told CBC News Mohammad Rashidi is currently in Dubai, while his son — Davood Rashidi — was staying in the home.

Mohammed Rashidi is a well-known developer, who built many of the homes in the subdivision.

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