CA: Woman found slain in Burnaby park identified as 27-year-old Carla Marie Smith

VANCOUVER SUN
Tuesday, February 16, 2011

Kim Bolan

Second woman in a week found slain in a Metro Vancouver park

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Carla Marie Smith, 27, has been identified as the woman found slain in a North Burnaby park Monday.
Photograph by: Photo submitted, Special to the Vancouver Sun

METRO VANCOUVER — The woman found slain in a North Burnaby park Monday has been identified as 27-year-old Carla Marie Smith.

Smith was known to Vancouver police as being involved in the sex trade, Cpl. Dale Carr of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Tuesday.

She also used the names Carmen and Justine.

Carr said investigators have not yet determined the cause of death, or if Smith died where she was discovered or at another location.

“We are hoping that today’s autopsy will assist us with that determination,” Carr said.

A passerby out for a walk in Warner Loat Park, just off Burnaby Lake Regional Park, found the woman’s body about noon Monday.

The body was off a trail in a wooded area, but close to Winston Street, a busy road running along a series of industrial strip malls.

The smaller park is used to access the larger regional park, which has a series of trails.

Carr said police haven’t found a link to other cases where women have been found murdered in Metro Vancouver parks in recent years.

“Investigators have continued to consult on all files and have found that there are no links between each of the events,” he said. “Each of the investigations are separate and distinct investigations; the only similarities are that they are women found in a park.”

No charges have been laid in several other similar cases.

Last week, a woman was found wrapped in plastic and dumped in a ditch at North Vancouver’s Kirkstone Park. Her name has not been released.

Last September, the body of 15-year-old Laura Szendrei, a North Delta high school student, was found in a wooded area of North Delta’s Mackie Park.

In June 2010, the body of 41-year-old Teri-Lyn Williams was found in the bushes off 104A Avenue between King George Boulevard and Whalley Boulevard. She was also a sex-trade worker.

And in April 2009, Wendy Ladner-Beaudry, 53, was killed while jogging on a nature trail in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. That case also remains unsolved.

Carr said anyone who recognizes Smith and has information that may help the investigation should call the IHIT tip-line at 1-877-551-IHIT.

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