May 12, 2014 1:55 pm

Suspicious Surrey deaths deemed a murder-suicide

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP and IHIT have confirmed that an 83-year-old Surrey woman was killed by her 61-year-old daughter on May 1. The daughter then committed suicide.

Police say that the daughter, Kathleen, had been suffering with ongoing health concerns prior to her death.

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Police have now identified the two women who were found dead inside a Surrey home on Thursday evening.

The victims are 61-year-old Kathleen Maximuik and her mother 81-year-old Anne Shouchuk.

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Investigators don’t believe there’s a third party involved, but they are still trying to determine if foul play was a a factor.

They are asking anyone with information to call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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VANCOUVER – Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, (IHIT), were called to a home in Surrey late last night after two women, ages 83 and 61, were found dead.

Police were called at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday night to the home on 111A Avenue and 136 Street. Investigators are not yet commenting on what may have unfolded at the address, but they do not believe it was a random act.

Neighbours tell Global News two women live at the home, a mother and daughter. They have lived in the home  for a very long time, but there has  been no activity at the home in the last few weeks. The elderly woman was said to be quite frail. IHIT would only confirm that the two people are related and did not say how long the two had been unaccounted for is not clear.

Neighbours say it appears a family member came by on Thursday and that is when police were called shortly after.

“It’s scary,” said neighbour Christy Baldwin. “We talked to them, they’re very nice people.”

“They’re very nice ladies.”

The investigators will be requesting that an autopsy be conducted on the two women to assist them in their investigation.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and we are working to establish what happened inside the residence. We do not believe there’s a third party involved and we are yet to determine if foul play is a factor,” says Cpl. Dominic Duchesneau.

Names of the women have not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

IHIT is asking anyone who may have information about these suspicious deaths to call, the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca

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