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Police continue to search for clues in South Surrey murder

Police are still investigating the murder of Timothy Szabolsci (below). - File photo
Police are still investigating the murder of Timothy Szabolsci (below).
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Investigators continue to search for evidence more than three weeks after a man was shot dead in his South Surrey home.

There is no indication that 52-year-old Timothy Szabolcsi’s past illegal activities were a direct contributor to the homicide, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) spokesman Sgt. Bari Emam told Peace Arch News last week.

“Investigators will continue to gather evidence and determine the facts prior to releasing any more information about their progress,” Emam said.

Szabolcsi’s body was found inside a residence in the 2500-block of 156 Street in the morning of June 20, following a call to RCMP for help from inside the house.

Shortly after, IHIT arrived on scene and emergency response teams, along with the a canine team, scoured the area, with a tactical team eventually swarming a neighbouring house.

According to Emam, the deployment of the tactical team was to ensure no other people and vehicles were outstanding in the area of the murder.

He added that a vehicle parked near the house that was swarmed had piqued the interest of investigators, and the tactical team assisted in securing it.

In the days that followed, details about Szabolcsi’s past emerged, including a conviction and one-year jail sentence after he had operated a pain-management clinic in Texas without a medical licence and under a different name, and after stealing $30,000 from the parent company of the clinic.

In March, Szabolcsi – a former Manitoban – and his then-wife, real-estate agent Sheri Brown, appeared on Dr. Phil for an episode entitled “Did she marry an impostor?”

In the online synopsis, Brown, a Delta resident, claimed Szabolcsi had told her he was “a retired doctor, former professional hockey player, wealthy businessman and Canadian Air Force pilot.”

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