A convicted murderer and prison activist is being held in custody after his wife — also a convicted murderer — was found stabbed to death in their Surrey home, police revealed yesterday.

Thomas Robert Elton, 54, is in custody on a parole violation while police investigate the murder of his 59-year-old wife, said RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr, a spokesman for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

RCMP were called to an apartment building in the 14800 block of 104 Avenue at noon on Monday and found a woman dead. A man in the apartment was taken into custody.

RCMP were not releasing the victim’s name yesterday, but media reports identified her as Brenda Blondell, a paroled murderer and member of Strength in Sisterhood, an activist group that offers support to women in prison.

Carr said the victim was on parole for a 1987 murder in Burnaby.

No charges had been laid by press time yesterday and Carr said there was no rush as the suspect was being held for violating his parole.

Elton was convicted of a murder in 1975 while he was incarcerated at the Matsqui Institution.

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