A memorial for 13-year-old Marissa Shen near the tennis courts in Central Park. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)

No suspects in ‘random’ murder of Burnaby girl: IHIT

Police investigating Marrisa Shen’s death ask public to remain vigilant

Investigators are calling the death of a 13-year-old Burnaby girl a “random attack.”

Marrisa Shen’s body was found in Central Park on the morning of July 19, after her parents had reported her missing the night before.

Surveillance footage shows she was last seen at her family’s home, near the crime scene, at 6 p.m. on July 18.

RELATED: Police rule 13-year-old’s death a homicide, investigation continues

“A review of the evidence to date reveals that Ms. Shen’s murder was a random attack,” Cpl. Megan Foster of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team told reporters on Wednesday. “At this time, we have not identified a suspect or suspects.”

Supt. Chuck McDonald warned the public to remain vigilant. Residents should ensure that someone knows where they are at all times and to avoid going to secluded areas alone.

“The homicide of Marrisa Shen has been a crushing blow to this community,” said McDonald. “It is very difficult to make sense of, and as a parent of two daughters, I cannot begin to imagine the impact and the terrible toll this has had on Marissa’s family.”

Foster said her death is not linked to any other violent incidents.

“Investigators are in search of anyone who took photographs or video inside or surrounding areas on the night of July 18 between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.,” said Foster. “This includes dashcam video.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

A heartfelt note for Marrisa Shen’s family at Central Park. Katya Slepian/Black Press

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Man surrenders peacefully to police after 7-hour standoff at Ladner home

Man had entered the home against his court-ordered conditions

Homelessness group puts pressure on White Rock council

Peninsula Homeless to Housing task force brought forward three action steps for council

Stabbing at Surrey banquet hall sends man to hospital

RCMP says victim has ‘non-life threatening’ injuries, incident still under investigation

‘Just like Iron Man’: Calgary surgeon undergoes experimental spinal surgery

Dr. Richi Gill was in a freak accident on a boogie board during a family vacation in Hawaii

Rescue crews search for 2 hikers on Mount Seymour after distress call

North Vancouver RCMP say they don’t know what the nature of the call is yet

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Lee Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

A Mother’s Wish: Ryan Shtuka’s mother wants her son to be ‘forever known’

‍‍‍‍‍“Let me tell you a story …. it all began with a boy named Ryan”

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Most Read

l -->