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UPDATE: Conservation called to help after discovery of woman’s body in Pitt Meadows

Warning issued as body may have been disturbed by an animal

The Conservation Officer Service has been called on to help after a woman’s body was discovered on a rural Pitt Meadows property.

“It appears that the body may have been disturbed by an animal,” said Cpl. Timothy Pierotti, with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, (IHIT). And, out of an abundance of caution, Conservation is now warning anyone walking or picking berries in the area to be careful.

The discovery of the body prompted a heavy police presence on Sunday afternoon, Ridge Meadows RCMP confirmed.

Officers were notified of the discovery by Emergency Health Services around 12:40 p.m. that same day.

“The cause of death was not immediately apparent therefore the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was notified and attended the scene,” said Insp. Jayson Lucash.

“At this time police do not believe this is related to any Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

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The body was located in a field in the 20000 block of Old Dewdney Trunk Road. Officers did not disclose how the body was discovered.

At the time roads in the area were closed to assist in the investigation as officers collected evidence.

“Ridge Meadows RCMP continue to investigate with assistance from IHIT,” Lucash said.

BC Coroners Service is working to determine the cause of death. The woman’s identity is not known at this point.

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