Police identify Dartmouth homicide victim
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2012 12:02PM ADT
Halifax Regional Police have identified the victim of a homicide in Dartmouth as 61-year-old Kevin Farren of Waverley.
Police responded to 56 Havenbrook Hill in the Portland Estates neighbourhood around 2:30 a.m. Friday.
When they arrived at the home, they discovered Farren's body. His death was ruled a homicide a few days later after an autopsy was performed, although the cause of death has not been released.
Investigators remained on the scene all day Friday, scouring backyards and a nearby pathway for clues.
Two vehicles were seized from the property and two men were taken into custody, but they were released Friday night without charges.
Paperwork indicates the Havenbrook Hill home is owned by Mohammad Rashidi.
"Across the street? Yeah I know the gentleman who owns the property," said neighbour Greg Murphy on Friday. "Quiet man…son lives with him."
A family friend, who asked not to be identified, said Rashidi was in the Middle East at the time of the incident and his son Davood and another young man live in the home with him.
The woman also said Rashidi updated his status on his cell phone just before 11 p.m. Thursday – it read "studying."
She said he is a student at Saint Mary's University and that Davood is one of the two people who have been questioned by police.
"We won't disclose any details about the two individuals just because we only release information about them if they've been charged with a criminal offense and they've not been," said Halifax Regional Police spokeswoman Theresa Rath last week.
A friend of the Rashidis said it is believed Farren may have been the family's accountant.
Police say the community has been co-operating in the case and they are encouraging anyone else with information to come forward.
This is the third confirmed homicide in the Halifax area this year.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jacqueline Foster