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Police investigate latest murder at downtown bus station

Another homicide crime scene investigation took place at the downtown bus terminal in less than a year.

Another homicide crime scene investigation took place at the downtown bus terminal in less than a year.

Detectives are investigating the death of Daniel Louis Thomas, 25, whose body was found in the area of McDougal Hill by a person who was walking past at around 2 a.m. yesterday.

Police are trying to determine what happened between the time Thomas left an inner city shelter early Sunday morning and the time of the incident.

Thomas’ body was found on a landing halfway down the staircase on McDougal Hill, police said.

Although the victim’s body was found on the stairs, the downtown bus terminal was also closed while police examined evidence at the scene, but police were unable to provide details about the connection between the two locations.

Lisa Sobchyshyn, senior communications specialist for EPS corporate communications, told Metro the victim did have head trauma and police are interviewing witnesses, but no further details were released yesterday.

The suspect is described as a native male, between 14 and 20 years old, with a thin moustache, short dark hair, and wearing dark clothing.

“We put out a call to the public that if anyone had any information whether they saw something themselves or heard something unusual,” Sobchyshyn said.

“If they think it would be of use to us, we would really appreciate them contacting us at our complaints line.”

On July 1, 2009, a bus full of passengers witnessed the fatal stabbing of 42-year-old Shane Howarth at the downtown terminal shortly after the Canada Day fireworks display.