Police investigate death of homeless person

Incident took place in the area behind Save-On-Foods on Sumas Way

Abbotsford Police were on scene Friday afternoon adjacent to the Save-On-Foods on Sumas Way to investigate the death of a homeless person.

Abbotsford Police were on scene Friday afternoon adjacent to the Save-On-Foods on Sumas Way to investigate the death of a homeless person.

Abbotsford Police are investigating the death of a homeless man in Lonzo Creek Park behind Save-On-Foods on Sumas Way.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the scene just before 11:30 a.m., but paramedics soon left.

Abbotsford Police Sgt. Casey Vinet said that when officers arrived, they learned that a 54-year-old Abbotsford man was deceased.

Police have not released further details on the circumstances surrounding the death.

Investigators are on the scene, and have taped off the forested area between the grocery store and the former Milestones restaurant location.

That area leads to Lonzo Creek Park, located directly behind Save-On, and is known to be inhabited by homeless people.

Some bystanders at the scene were upset and hugging one another. Jesse Wegenast and Ward Draper of 5 and 2 Ministries – who provide services and advocacy for the homeless – were on hand to lend support.

They confirmed to The News that a homeless person had died, but they could not provide any other details.

Staff with the Salvation Army also arrived to offer support.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.