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Homicide team takes over missing woman case after apparent suicide of man in her vehicle

Last Updated Apr 18, 2020 at 2:36 pm PDT

Summary

April Parisian was last seen on April 7 in Spuzzum, about 50 kilometres north of Hope

Mounties asked for help in their search for Parisian Thursday and her vehicle was found that evening

RCMP attended and found a man with an apparent self-inflicted wound in the camper, now IHIT has taken over the case

CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — Homicide investigators have taken over a case of a missing woman after a man died of self-inflicted wounds inside a vehicle registered to that woman Thursday night.

45-year-old April Parisian was last seen by a family member on April 7 in Spuzzum, about 50 kilometres north of Hope.

RCMP appealed for help in their search due to concern for Parisian’s well-being on Thursday. Soon after, police were called when her truck and camper were spotted near the Abbotsford – Chilliwack border.

“Upon arrival they attempted to speak with a male inside the camper. After a short dialogue, they ultimately located the man inside with what is believed to be a self-inflicted wound. The police officers called EHS and provided medical assistance, but the man later died,” reads a release from RCMP.

The Independent Investigation Office, the province’s police watchdog, has been called in to investigate the man’s death because it occurred in the presence of Mounties.

The homicide team has taken over the probe into Parisian’s disappearance.

“The original missing person’s investigation remains active and given the recent events the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called in to lead the investigation. While April’s vehicle has been located her whereabouts is still unknown,” the release says.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact IHIT by phoning 1-877-551-4448, or by emailing at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. 

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Parisian is described as Indigenous with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5’7″ tall and weighs 133 pounds.