The murder of a one-legged homeless man found dead near his wheelchair in an East Vancouver playground is disturbing and heinous, police said yesterday.
The body of Michael Ciro Nestoruk, 41, was discovered at Sir Guy Carleton Elementary School early Thursday morning by parents who were dropping off their children.
Revealing details of the crime for the first time yesterday, Const. Lindsay Houghton said Nestoruk’s wheelchair was found a short distance away from his body, as were a pair of pants and a shoe.
Houghton wouldn’t say how the man was killed, only to say that he was murdered – making him Vancouver’s 13th homicide victim this year.
“Mr. Nestoruk was a disabled man and confined to a wheelchair,” Const. Lindsay Houghton said.
“He was a homeless defenceless victim and this is truly a disturbing and heinous crime. For someone to do this to him, it’s tragic.”
Houghton said Nestoruk frequented the area around Joyce Street and Kingsway and is appealing to anyone who might have seen him the morning of April 9 to call police.
“Any information, even details that people might not think are important, could be very helpful to assist detectives in establishing a timeline and putting the pieces of this puzzle together,” Houghton said.
“Investigators are having a hard time piecing together the events leading up to his death.”