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Homicide number nine victim identified: update

Vancouver Police have identified the victim of the city’s ninth homicide of 2011 as being 37-year-old Melanie Alexis O’Neill of Vancouver.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on July 26, Vancouver Police received a call to check on the welfare of a woman in the 100 block of West 13th Avenue. Officers entered the residence after attending and getting no answer. They discovered the body of a deceased woman inside the residence.

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine when Melanie O’Neill died and the cause of death. Melanie O’Neill was not previously known to police.

The male associate that was initially detained for questioning has been released from custody and charges have not been laid.

The investigation is continuing and anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the 100 block West 13th between Tuesday, July 19, and Tuesday, July 26, is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Homicide Unit at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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