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Police investigating woman’s suspicious death in west Edmonton supportive housing unit

WATCH ABOVE: Police are investigating what could end up being the city’s 20th homicide so far this year. Kendra Slugoski has more from west Edmonton.

EDMONTON — Homicide detectives are investigating after a woman was found dead in a west Edmonton apartment building.

Police responded to the building on 156 Street near 103 Avenue just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, after being called to the address by EMS.

The three-storey walk-up, called Christopher’s Place, is in the Canora neighbourhood.

The building is managed by Homeward Trust, a local not-for-profit that works to address homelessness in Edmonton. The social agency said the George Spady Society is contracted to run the property as a permanent supportive housing unit.

The residence is for “individuals and couples facing barriers to sustainable housing,” and has 24/7 on site support with a case worker living in the building.

The George Spady Society’s website said it provides a safe, controlled environment for people who require significant permanent supports, adding “this program operates from a harm reduction perspective.”

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Notices taped to the back door listed five people banned from the building, including one person believed to be involved in “illicit behaviour.”

Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156 St. in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood.
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156 St. in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156 St. in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood.
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156 St. in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156st in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood.
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156st in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood. Kendra Slugoski, Global News
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156 St. in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood.
Edmonton Police Service Homicide detectives were called to investigate after a woman was found dead in an apartment building at 10315 156 St. in west Edmonton's Canora neighbourhood. Kendra Slugoski, Global News

Police said the death was considered suspicious, and the Homicide Section has taken the lead in the investigation.

The woman’s identity is not known, and an autopsy has yet to be scheduled.

If confirmed a homicide, it would be Edmonton’s 20th of 2016.

READ MORE: Edmonton homicides 2016: Who, where, when and how

More to come…

With files from Kendra Slugoski, Global News

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