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Search for missing B.C. woman prompts homicide fears, second death

VANCOUVER — Police are releasing more details about a British Columbia woman they fear may be the victim of a homicide.

VANCOUVER — Police are releasing more details about a British Columbia woman they fear may be the victim of a homicide.

Metro Vancouver's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says 45-year-old April Parisian was last heard from on March 28 and was declared missing earlier this month.

The resident of the Fraser Canyon community of Spuzzum owned a red, 1998 Chevrolet pickup with a camper and may have been with her boyfriend, Paris Margesson, and her brown pug dog.

On April 16, police appealed for help and received a tip just hours later that the camper was in the Abbotsford area.

Officers tried to speak to a man in the camper but he suffered a self-inflicted wound and died a short time later.

Parisian is still missing and the homicide team says it is creating a timeline of her movements and wants to speak with anyone who saw her, her boyfriend, dog or camper between March 28 and mid-April.

Sgt. Frank Jang with the homicide team says foul play is suspected and any small bit of information is vital.

"I understand there is a concerned group of April's friends and family who are anxiously waiting for an update on her whereabouts and we are doing all we can to find answers," Jang says in a statement.

The organization that examines all police-related deaths or serious injuries is also involved because the death of the man in the camper occurred while officers were present.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team must determine whether police actions or inaction led to the man's death.

Abbotsford police and the BC Coroners Service are leading the sudden death review.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2020

The Canadian Press