Body found outside vacant Saanich house

A witness says a body has been found in the driveway of an unoccupied house at the corner of Crease Avenue and Wascana Street in Saanich.

Heather Allensen said she saw the body of a man outside a house across the street from hers at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Allensen said the body was surrounded by blood. When police and ambulance arrived, she heard a paramedic say it looked like the man had been shot.

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Allensen said she walked her dogs right by the house on the corner at 7:30 in the morning and didn’t see the body then. About an hour later, she saw an elderly woman standing outside, and went out to ask if she was OK. The woman told her she had found a body. Allensen stayed while the woman waited for authorities to arrive.

Allensen described the man as in his late 20s to 30s, with long hair and a long beard.

“He was wearing no shoes, no shirt, and looked like he had black or blue track pants on. Maybe in his morning attire still,” she said.

Allensen didn’t recognize the man from the neighbourhood.

A section of Crease Avenue on either side of the intersection with Wascana Street was behind police tape while forensic investigators dressed in white suits gathered evidence from around the house where the body was found.

A sign for a construction company stands outside the house. Allensen said the building is empty while under construction.

Allensen’s house was one of several cordoned off by police tape. Despite how close to home this incident was, she said she wasn’t surprised.

“It’s everywhere,” Allensen said. “That’s Victoria now. It’s just the way the world’s going.”

Saanich police said they are investigating an incident in the area that will cause traffic to be rerouted for an extended time, but wouldn’t provide further details about what happened.

A portion of the Galloping Goose trail near Crease Avenue and Wascana Street is taped off. Cyclists and pedestrians using the trail are advised to use Cadillac Avenue from Tillicum Road to Harriet Road.

regan-elliott@timescolonist.com

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