The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is continuing their investigations into two separate attacks in Stanley Park, one that took place last year and a second that took place earlier this year.
While the VPD stated in a news release today (November 14) that Homicide Unit detectives have made "significant progress" in identifying the individuals who are responsible, they added that they are aware that there are witnesses with direct knowledge about the attacks who have not yet spoken with police.
Last year, the VPD reported that after 2 a.m. on November 16, a citizen driving past the north parking lot of Brockton Oval in Stanley Park saw an 82-year-old man in a grey 2011 Toyota Corolla who appeared to be in distress. When police arrived, they found the man suffering from severe injuries.
Due to his initial condition, he was unable to speak with police. However, the man is still in recovery and is now cooperating with the investigation. The police stated they could not reveal information that he has shared with detectives.
On February 1, the VPD released footage of a man walking with a limp near Brockton Oval around the time of the assault.
Police stated it was unclear if the man in the video played any role in the assault but he was a person of interest. This person has still not been identified.
After that incident, just before 11 p.m. on February 1, a man walking his dog on the beach discovered the body of 61-year-old Lubomir "Lubo" Kunik. Kunik has been on the seawall between Stanley Park's Second and Third beaches when he was attacked and killed.
The VPD stated that the attacks appear random, but they are comparing evidence between the two cases to determine if they are related.
“Our investigators have spoken with frequent visitors to the park and people living in the West End,” VPD Constable Jason Doucette stated in a news release. “We know there are lots of rumours out there about the attacks, especially amongst those who visit the trails at night. Rumour or not, we are asking people to come forward with any information they have about either of these incidents.”
The VPD stated at a press conference that some witnesses have come forward with information.
No arrests have been made yet.
The VPD are asking anyone who has information about either of these incidents to call detectives at 604-717-2500 or (to respond anonymously) Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.