Police, coroner investigate two deaths in Saanich home

Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit also on scene at 3700-block of Epsom Drive

Police are investigating the deaths of two people in the 3700-block of Epsom Drive this morning.

Saanich Police, the B.C. Coroners Service and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit are on scene after the discovery of two bodies inside the home at 3720 Epsom Dr. last night.

It wasn’t immediately known when the deaths occurred, but neighbours say police and ambulance units were on scene around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and did not use sirens upon arriving.

Chris Richards, who has lived on the block for six years, said she often saw an elderly woman coming and going from the house.

“This is a quiet neighbourhood,” Richards said. “We had a power outage in the area for four hours last weekend. I don’t know if it had anything to do with that.”

Neighbours said an elderly woman named Dorothy recently moved out of the house and Dorothy’s daughter, Susan, was the most recent occupant.

A next-door neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, described Dorothy as “lovely” and confirmed the woman had recently moved into a care home.

Saanich police refused to offer further information on scene.

“The investigation is in the preliminary stages,” said Const. Bryan Rowan in an email. “At this time, there is no information to suggest there is a concern for public safety.”

More to come.

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