The scale of the RCMP’s expanding investigation into the homicide of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry in Pacific Spirit Park has nothing to do with the prominence of the victim’s family, an RCMP spokesman said yesterday.

The 53-year-old mother of two was found murdered along a park trail on Friday. Ladner-Beaudry is a member of the Ladner family, which Ladner in South Delta is named after.

She was co-chair of the B.C. Games Society, chair of the KidSport fund and a former Sport B.C. board member.

Her antecedent was a founding member of Canada’s largest law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and her brother Peter Ladner is a former two-term councillor and mayoral candidate.

“It would be irrelevant whether this victim was prominent, a street worker, homeless or otherwise,” said Cpl. Peter Thiessen yesterday, the fourth day since her murder.

“A significant homicide took place here and we’re responding to it.”

An autopsy has been completed, but investigators are not saying how Ladner-Beaudry died.

RCMP officers expanded their search yesterday south of Marine Drive.

Around 75 officers will remain on the scene, near the junction of Southwest Marine Drive and 41st Avenue, until the end of the day today.

Investigators have received 50 tips and provided a description of what Ladner-Beaudry was wearing to help refresh people’s memories.

She wore silver, white and baby blue New Balance running shoes as well as black tights, a white long-sleeved shirt with grey stripes and a black windbreaker with white pin striping.

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