Calgary police identify victim, deem Highland Park death a homicide

Calgary police identified the victim of a fatal stabbing as Frank Burton. Calgary Police Service

CALGARY – Calgary police have identified 56-year-old Frank Burton as the victim of Wednesday’s suspicious death, saying he died of stab wounds. Police officially declared the case a murder on Friday.

Officers were called to the 4200 block of Centre Street N.W. at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday by a witness who spotted a man covered in blood.

EMS officials said they found a man suffering from “traumatic injuries believed to be from a stabbing.” He was transported to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition where he later died.

Police said Burton had a history of mental illness and has previously “put himself in vulnerable positions with people.”

Police don’t believe the incident was random, but haven’t determined a motive yet. They’re asking residents to look through their yards and report any suspicious clothing or weapons.

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Police are also looking for a suspect described as darker skinned with a stocky build and about five feet ten inches tall. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident.

Investigators are hoping to speak with the residents of eight separate suites in the home where the attack occurred.

Anyone who lived in the home and hasn’t been interviewed by officers is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at  1-800-222-8477.

With files from Melissa Ramsay

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