A house in Maple Ridge remained behind police tape Tuesday as investigators tried to determine whether a man found dead inside was murdered.
Ridge Meadows RCMP, paramedics and the fire department were called to the house on Carshill Street just after 2:15 a.m. Monday to care for a man in medical distress.
Paramedics performed CPR on the 59-year-old man, but he died a short while later, despite efforts to revive him.
The house was sealed off following the man’s death and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called in to help Ridge Meadows RCMP to determine what lead up to it.
“We believe there was some sort of domestic incident that occurred prior to this man’s death,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound with IHIT.
“I can’t get into a lot of the details surrounding that.”
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said she didn’t hear or notice anything amiss Sunday night or early Monday morning.
She only realized something was wrong when she saw a police car parked outside the house.
Another neighbour claimed the man had a heart attack.
Homicide investigators, however, are being cautious and processing the scene as if it were a murder. Pound said the man had no “visible” injuries on his body.
“At this point, it looks suspicious and we are investigating it as a homicide. But we are going to need to have the autopsy results to shed some light on what occurred and what the cause of death is,” she added.
No one has been arrested, but police are questioning the man’s family and wife.
Officers will also be canvassing neighbours.
The results of the autopsy are expected late Tuesday or early Wednesday.