Police are asking for the public’s help in solving the death of a woman whose body was found in West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park early yesterday morning.

Investigators were tight-lipped with details about the incident, saying only that the woman appeared to be living in a tent near Juniper Point and that her death is being treated as suspicious.

“I can’t say what’s been ruled in and what’s been ruled out,” said Cpl. Fred Harding.

“The officers are still doing a very detailed search of what, for all intents and purposes, is a crime scene.”
Harding said a passerby discovered the woman’s body around 3 a.m. but couldn’t say what they were doing in the park at that hour.

He added he wasn’t aware of any homeless people living in the park, but the well-to-do neighbourhood near Horseshoe Bay is usually quiet and safe.

“There are hundreds of visitors (to the park) every day, almost 365 days of the year,” said Harding. “It’s patrolled regularly.”

The 74-hectare woodland that overlooks English Bay is popular with rock climbers and hikers, and has two access points — one from the road and the other from the beach.

It’s unclear when it will reopen.

Vancouver police are helping with the investigation because the West Vancouver Police Department doesn’t have a homicide team.