Death of 24-year-old man, who was found near Pickering high school, being treated as homicide

Police are on scene of a suspicious death in Pickering. Catherine McDonald/Global News

Durham Regional Police say they’re treating the death of a 24-year-old man as a homicide after he was found in a Pickering forest on Friday.

Police said officers responded to a call from a woman who found the man while walking her dogs in the forest near Pine Ridge Secondary School, located near Liverpool Road and Finch Avenue, at around 7:30 a.m.

In an update released Friday evening, police said the man had “obvious signs of trauma.”

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The victim has been identified has Pickering resident Nicholas Samaroo.

A post-mortem examination was scheduled to determine how Samaroo died.

Samaroo’s death marks Durham Region’s first homicide in 2019.

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Anyone with information about the incident, or Samaroo’s movements and interactions over the past several weeks, is asked to call police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5407 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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