Woman faces manslaughter charge in 2013 Abbotsford death

Body of 31-year-old man was found in parking lot on West Railway Street

A 37-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter in relation to a 2013 death in Abbotsford.

Leighann Marie Blair also faces one charge of theft of a credit card on the same date.

The body of a 31-year-old man – whose name police have never released – was found Sept. 9, 2013 in a parking lot in the 2500 block of West Railway Street.

At the time, police said a man and a woman had come across the deceased man at about 1:45 a.m., and the incident did not appear to involve foul play.

Investigators were initially unable to identify the man and released photos of his two tattoos.

Three days later, police indicated that the man had been identified, but his name was not being released. They said he was an “upstanding citizen” with strong family connections.

They also indicated that they were still awaiting results of an autopsy.

Const. Ian MacDonald said, because the matter is now before the courts, he could not comment on the specifics of the case, including the cause of death.

Blair is next scheduled to appear Nov. 8 in Abbotsford provincial court.

According to the B.C. provincial court database, she has prior convictions for theft under $5,000 and breaching her probation and bail conditions.

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