|Herald photo by David Rossiter
Police tape and evidence cones were visible from the front of a home in the 200 block of Stafford Bay North Tuesday morning. Lethbridge regional police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at the residence Monday afternoon.
A 58-year-old man's death remains a mystery as police search for clues in his northside home.
Neighbours have identified the man as George Span, but police haven't released his name even though his family has been notified of his death.
After being unable to contact Span, an acquaintance of his went to his house to check on him around 3:30 p.m. Monday, found him dead, and called police.
Police believe the man's death was suspicious, but they haven't said why. Neither have they deemed the case a murder, leaving those in the area to speculate about what may have happened.
Bruce and Margareta Matthews lived next door to Span in the 200 block of Stafford Bay North for 28 years. They knew him as a good neighbour, a trustworthy fellow they'd leave their house keys with while they were away on holidays. They didn't know anything was wrong until they arrived home around 4 p.m. Monday to find emergency vehicles clogging their typically quiet cul-de-sac.
"It's very, very quiet, so something like that -it is really shocking," Margareta said.
"He was a good neighbour. We were on good terms with each other," Bruce added. "He was always helpful. If you needed something done, he'd do it for you."
"I think people are concerned," he continued. "I'd really like to know what has happened, but no one's saying anything at the moment."
An autopsy scheduled for Thursday morning in Calgary is expected to reveal the cause of death, but in the meantime police have released few details about their criminal investigation, which was ongoing Tuesday as the forensics unit looked for more evidence inside the house and search-and-rescue teams combed the property.
Officers had already interviewed neighbours, but Staff Sgt. Ian Sanderson of the Criminal Investigation Section couldn't say whether canvassing the neighbourhood has led police to a suspect.
"I can't speak to suspects. All factors are on the table, the investigation's underway, we'll certainly update when we can," he told reporters during a news conference at the police station Tuesday afternoon.
The news conference turned up more questions than answers. Sanderson couldn't say whether the man was known to police, whether they saw any evidence of foul play or how long the victim had been deceased before his body was discovered, only that "at this point in time, everything is fair game."
"The circumstances of the actual death investigation causes us great concern and it's ruled as a suspicious death, but unfortunately, based on the evidence that we have to follow that, we can't release further information," he said.
Sanderson asked members of the public to share any information they may have about the man's death by calling Lethbridge regional police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
"If there's any persons out there that are aware of this death occurring, (if) they have any relevant information whatsoever, the smallest to the largest piece would benefit our investigators, so please forward it to us," he said.