WATCH ABOVE: Homicide detectives are looking into the discovery of a body in the middle of the road in southwest Edmonton. Shallima Maharaj reports.
EDMONTON – The medical examiner’s office confirmed a man’s death in southwest Edmonton is the first homicide of the year.
The man has been identified as 36-year-old Paul Murray Grandbois. The cause of death is not being released at this time because the investigation is still taking place.
Police were called to assist EMS in the Blue Quill Estates neighbourhood around 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, where the body was found laying beside the curb on 25 Avenue, between 119 Street and 120 Street.
Later in the morning a section of the avenue was blocked off by police tape and the body was covered by a tarp.
The road is flanked by two apartment complexes: Blue Quill Gardens and Lockhart Gardens. EPS spokesman Scott Pattison couldn’t say who called 911, but assumed it was someone from one of the complexes. Police are looking to talk to residents of the apartments, who may have heard or seen something suspicious.
“Obviously a lot of people have probably gone off to work already,” said Pattison on Wednesday. “If you’re learning about this through the media, certainly if you have any information, contact EPS. Police and detectives definitely want to hear from you.”
Police said they did not have any suspects.
Grandbois’ criminal record includes a July 2008 conviction of failing to comply with conditions, an April 2009 conviction for failing to appear, and a May 2009 conviction for breaching conditions. In December 2009 he was sentenced to 32 months in jail for sexual assault and in April 2013 Grandbois was sentenced to 30 days in jail for assault.
NOTE: This article was originally published on Jan. 21. It was updated with the name of the victim on Jan. 22 and on Jan. 23 with his criminal record.