September 19, 2017 10:35 pm

Marrisa Shen homicide investigation has investigators pleading for patience

July 19: RCMP identify teenage girl found dead in Burnaby Central Park

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Two months after the murder of a 13-year-old Burnaby girl, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is asking her family — and the public — for patience with the investigation.

Over the weekend, a spokesperson for the family of Marrisa Shen praised investigators for their hard work, but said the family is frustrated the case hasn’t been solved.

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IHIT Cpl. Meghan Foster spoke to the status of the case on Tuesday.

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“These investigations are ongoing. Homicide investigations can be lengthy, we have said that many times before,” Foster said.

“We appreciate the frustration and how there are many unanswered questions in regards to Marrisa’s death. We’re working tirelessly to try and collect those answers. We ask that people just have patience and hope we’ll have some answers soon.”

WATCH: Full coverage of the Marrisa Shen murder at Globalnews.ca

IHIT has said previously that there were 90 persons of interest in the case, but admitted on Tuesday that the figure was fluid.

“I can say that that number is a fluctuating number as we eliminate persons of interest,” Foster said.

“But in essence of recent media releases and media coverage, there are new people resurfacing in our investigation too, so as that number goes down, it also goes back up.”

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Shen was last seen on the evening of July 18, and her body was discovered early the next morning in Burnaby’s Central Park.

Police believe she was killed in the park, in what they described as a random murder.

In August, police said they had followed up on around 200 tips, and collected video from more than 60 locations.

Police also put out a separate appeal for video from the area, including some that was shot at a vigil held last month for the murdered teen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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