EDMONTON — Police have confirmed the death of a 24 year old found Monday is now being investigated as a case of homicide. The deceased has been identified as Lena Steinhauer.
Police were called to the house on 112 Avenue and 95 A Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday, and found the woman in one of the five suites.
Land titles documents show the owner of the house as Tasneem Gohar, wife of Carmen Pervez, who was convicted in a $30 million mortgage fraud scheme. Pervez has long owned and operated rental properties in the area and has been accused of failing to maintain them.
Neighbours say the home has been a rooming house for years, but aren’t sure how many people have been living in the residence. Neighbours add police have been called frequently to the house, usually regarding noise and garbage complaints.
“There was like an argument in front of the house once, and we called the police,” said a neighbour who doesn’t want to be identified.
“And we’ve called the police a few times, just worried about sort of suspicious activity, like what appears to be people coming and going so much that we thought there was drug dealing.”
Although an autopsy has been performed, a cause of death is not being released.
The death is Edmonton’s second homicide of the year.