Police believe a sexual offender who died last week while serving time in Mission Institution was murdered.
Officers with Correction Service Canada (CSC) discovered an unresponsive male inside his cell at the medium security prison around 10: 45 p.m. on Friday.
Emergency services were called to the scene, however the victim could not be revived and was pronounced dead.
As a result, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called to the scene, and an autopsy was scheduled for early this week.
"Investigators continue to look into this suspicious death," Sgt. Jennifer Pound of IHIT said in a press release.
"It appears to be a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team . . . has been called in and has since taken conduct of the investigation."
CSC identified the victim as 39-year-old Troy Squires, although the IHIT would not confirm that because the victim's next of kin had yet to be notified.
Squires had been serving an indeterminate sentence for forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats to cause death/harm, assault with a weapon and overcome resistance. He began serving that sentence in January of 2006. The CSC will also review the incident, said Brandon Banks, assistant warden of management services for CSC, in a press release.
Mission Institution is a medium security facility that houses roughly 250 inmates. ..Source.. by Cam Tucker, The Times