At the onset of the investigation, the evidence indicated that Marrisa Shen’s death was a random attack. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest a change in the belief that this murder was random. We would like the public to know that Marrisa Shen’s death is a rarity, and there have been no other reported incidents like it in the Lower Mainland District. When there is information that can be shared with the public all future updates can be found on this website.
We would like to remind the public to remain vigilant, particularly during the winter months when the days are shorter and it becomes dark much earlier.
There are a number of safety strategies that you can employ to increase your safety as you continue to visit public parks. And remember, immediately report all suspicious circumstances and individuals to police. Dial 911 for emergencies and your local police non-emergency line for non-emergencies.
Don’t Go Alone
- Travel with friends, family and people whom you trust.
- If you’re travelling alone, make sure that before you set out for your walk you let someone know where you're going and how long you'll be. Ensure that this person will send for help if you don’t check in within a reasonable time.
- Pick a route that goes through open, populated and well-lit areas so you can see who is ahead of you and behind you. Avoid dark, secluded short cuts through forested areas. If you'd like to explore a more isolated trail, go with a friend. When you can, walk with or near others along the trail.
- Wear shoes that you can easily run in.
- Travel in areas that you are familiar with. Know the ways out to safe locations such as populated businesses or roads.
- Leave your valuables at home. If they're with you or in your car, you're just giving a thief a tempting target. If you need to bring them, put them in a fanny pack or inside pocket out of sight.
- Carry a whistle, alarm or other personal safety device. It gives you a sense of security and can draw attention if you find yourself in trouble.
- Carry your cell phone and know its limitations (i.e. the battery can run out or it can be hard to dial in the rain).
- Stay aware of your surroundings so you'll know if anything unusual is going on.
- Leave your headphones at home. You'll be safer hearing and seeing everything that's going on around you.
- When you have children with you, make sure you can see them at all times. Always accompany children into public washrooms.
How to Respond
- If you think you're being followed, leave the area and go to the nearest house or business and call the police.
- If confronted by someone who makes you feel unsafe, attract attention by yelling “Leave me alone!”, “Help!” or “Call 911!” If you’re carrying one, use a whistle or alarm while heading towards the nearest safe location.
Does something or someone seem suspicious to you? Report suspicious circumstances or individuals immediately to the police. Do not wait. Dial 911 for emergencies and your local police non-emergency line for non-emergencies.
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