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Suspicious death east of downtown Ottawa now city’s 2nd homicide of 2020: police

Ottawa police are investigating after officers found a body in a building east of downtown on Monday. Beatrice Britneff / Global News File

UPDATE: Ottawa police said late Tuesday that they’d arrested one person in connection to the Cummings Avenue homicide investigation. Police didn’t share any further details and said an update would follow. 

A suspicious death investigation launched after police found a dead body east of downtown on Monday afternoon has turned into a homicide probe, the Ottawa Police Service has confirmed.

Officers discovered the body shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday in a residence in the 1100 block of Cummings Avenue, located just east of St. Laurent Boulevard and north of Ogilvie Road, according to the police service.

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In a news release Tuesday afternoon, police identified the dead person as Jason Saunders, a 45-year-old Ottawa resident, and announced that major crime investigators are treating his death as a homicide.

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An Ottawa police spokesperson confirmed this marks the city’s second homicide of the year.

Investigators have not released any information about how Saunders was killed.

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The police force said the investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Investigators urge anyone with information about this homicide to call 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 or email mcm@ottawapolice.ca.

People who want to submit anonymous tips to police can call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or do so online at crimestoppers.ca.

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