The police have issued a public warning to women in the sex trade after two “online escorts” were found dead in the same apartment building in New Westminster. The deaths took place over the course of two weeks.
Just before 10 p.m. on August 12, New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) responded to the death of 45-year-old Jill Lyons at an apartment complex in the 200-block of 11th Street.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
This past weekend on August 25, the body of 48-year-old Karen Nabors was found in another apartment in the same complex.
NWPD state that it appears Nabor’s death is a result of foul play.
New Westminster Police Statement:
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in conjunction with the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) is asking the public to be vigilant following two separate suspicious deaths.
The first incident occurred on August 12, 2013 just before 10:00 p.m., when the NWPD responded to the sudden death of 45 year old Jill Lyons, at an apartment complex in the 200 block of 11th Street. It was unclear on the cause of death and an autopsy showed inconclusive results. As it stands, investigators are awaiting the toxicology results to assist in determining the cause of death.
The second female, 48 year old Karen Nabors, was located deceased in her home on August 25, 2013. The NWPD were dispatched to the same apartment complex on 11th Street and evidence retrieved supports that foul play may be a factor.
The two victims were located in their own apartments within the same apartment complex and they were known to each other. As a result of the similar nature and Geography of the two deaths IHIT has taken conduct of both investigations.
“Investigators know both women were engaged in a high risk lifestyle and were working as on-line escorts,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound. “ IHIT’s priority is to reach out to all escorts and remind them of the risks involved and to take extra precaution as it is unclear at this point why, or even if, they are in fact being targeted.”
We are asking anyone with information to come forward and speak with investigators by calling the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT or, if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.