Police investigating second suspicious death in Dartmouth
Halifax Regional Police are investigating a second suspicious death reported in Dartmouth over the course of three days.
Officers responded to the report of a suspicious death at 4:08 a.m. Sunday. Investigators were on the scene at 3 Farthington Place for the majority of the day.
Police say they received a 911 call from someone else in the building and a woman was found dead.
Investigators say her identity, name, age and whether she lived in the building has not been confirmed at this time.
Residents of the apartment say they woke up to find their building flanked by police officers.
“I woke up and we had a whole of police here, and I was told to stay in the apartment,” says resident Crystal Brushett. “We can leave; however, we can’t get back in. If we do leave until they’re finished investigating it is because it’s an active crime scene.
The first death occurred a couple of blocks away on Friday afternoon on Pincecrest Drive in Dartmouth.
Following an autopsy, investigators ruled the death of 42-year-old Derek Philip Miles a homicide.
“The first death is not believed to be a random act, although we can’t confirm they’re connected, and there’s nothing to suggest they are connected,” says Const. Carol McIssac of the Halifax Regional Police. “At this time, we do not believe the public has any reason to fear for their safety.”
McIssac says police have not yet identified suspects in either case, but believe someone has information on the separate incidents.
“We do believe that there are people in the community that have knowledge of both deaths and we would suggest that they contact police,” says McIssac.
Investigators say they hope to have autopsy results on the woman’s body on Monday.
Police are asking anyone with information about either of the investigations to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
Investigations into both deaths are ongoing.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Heidi Petracek.