Man found without vital signs at home


Major Crime investigators last night were probing the “suspicious death” of a man found without vital signs in a south-end home that neighbours said was often visited by police.

 




The man was pronounced dead in hospital after being discovered by police following a call for assistance at 2:16 p.m. to 86 Somero Private, north of Hunt Club Road between Albion and Conroy roads.

 




Neighbours said a family of six live in the two-storey Ottawa Community Housing rowhouse, although the oldest son may have moved out recently.

 




None of the neighbours Metro interviewed knew the family’s surname and could only say that they thought the father’s name was Pierre and the oldest son is named Oliver. Resident Cindy Robert said she frequently saw the family that occupied 86 Somero.

 




The husband was much older than his wife, she said, probably as old as 60. She also saw two girls and two boys living there, ranging in age from eight to 23.





Police were frequently called to 86 Somero, according to Mowale Hassan, who lives across the street. Another neighbour, Scott Steven, said unit 86 was known on the street as a problem house.





“In the last months, I think the police have been there four or five times,” he said.





Steven once called police himself, claiming that teenaged boys in the unit had threatened other children.





Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493.




tim.wieclawski@metronews.ca














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  • Investigators last night said it is standard procedure to treat a suspicious death as a homicide, until proven otherwise.