Body found on property of Gabriola Mansion in West End, one man in custody

Jordan Armstrong, Global News

Vancouver Police say a body has been found at one of the city’s most historic mansions and one man is in custody.

Police discovered the body on the property of the historic mansion shortly before 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Sergio Magro / Global News

There was significant police presence at the house, located at Davie Street and Nicola Street, throughout the day on Thursday.

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Investigators are continuing to gather evidence and will work with the BC Coroner to identify the victim and cause of death.

A 48-year-old man was arrested and put into custody shortly before midnight Wednesday. Charges have not yet been laid.

Police say there is no concern for public safety.

The 17,000 sq. ft. mansion was built sometime between 1900 and 1901 for B.T. Rogers, the founder of Rogers Sugar, a famous Vancouver refinery established in the 19th century.

The mansion has been empty for years.

It once used to house Macaroni Grill restaurant, but was sold for $6.72 million last year after originally going on the market for $10 million in 2014, with plans to turn it back into a residence again.

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