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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.
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.

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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