Homicide investigators release criminal profile of unknown killer of Burnaby teen Marrisa Shen

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      More than nine months after a 13-year-old girl's dead body was found in Burnaby's Central Park, police have offered clues into her unknown murderer's state of mind.

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said today that it "continues to pursue all avenues" in the killing of Marrisa Shen last July.

      This includes asking the RCMP's behavioural sciences group to develop a criminal profile of the person who's believed responsible.

      Police say the murderer "may have demonstrated the following behaviours after Miss Shen's death":

      • unexpectedly moved (permanently or temporarily);
      • uncharacteristically avoided the Central Park area;
      • withdrew from social or family activities;
      • missed work or scheduled appointments;
      • showed suicidal gestures or attempts;
      • showed interest or special attention to the media coverage related to Marrisa Shen's death; and/or 
      • increased or decreased his or her drug and/or alcohol use.

      "There continues to be a high degree of public interest in the homicide of Miss Shen," Cpl Frank Jang said in a news release. "I strongly urge anyone with information or anyone who may recognize these characteristics and behaviours in someone they know, to please come forward and speak with IHIT."