One month after the murder of a 15-year-old South Surrey teen, investigators are again appealing for anyone who has information that might help solve the case to come forward.
Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Friday that officers have yet to make any arrests in connection with the death of Dario Bartoli.
“They’re still working on the file, they’ve had some good information,” Ashton told Peace Arch News. “They have received some tips and they’re following up on those… hoping more people will come forward.”
Bartoli, a student at Earl Marriott Secondary, died in Peace Arch Hospital on Dec. 13, from injuries suffered in what police suggest may have been an “alcohol-fuelled” altercation earlier that morning in or near Bakerview Park, located at 18 Avenue and 154 Street.
Police were alerted to a disturbance just before 3 a.m., after Bartoli and a 14-year-old boy fled to a home in the 15600-block of 18 Avenue.
Transported to hospital with critical injuries, Bartoli died just after 10 a.m.
Police say the second boy was not injured.
The homicide occurred just three days after the body of eight-year-old Teagan Batstone was found in the back of a vehicle in the 13900-block of 35A Avenue, a cul-de-sac off of Crescent Road.
The girl’s mother, 41-year-old Lisa Batstone, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the girl’s death, and is next scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on Jan. 26.
Police have yet to announce the specific cause of death for either child. Ashton said in Bartoli’s case, releasing the information could hinder the investigation.
She encouraged anyone with information that could help officers investigating Bartoli’s death to call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-4448. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
She noted it is not unusual for people to not realize that a detail that may seem inconsequential to them could be what ties a case together.
“If anybody has thought of something or wants to come forward,” it could help in the investigation, she said.