Halifax Regional Police say a 47-year-old man found dead in his Dartmouth apartment was the victim of a homicide.
Just before 3 p.m. Sunday, police say officers were called to an apartment building at 167 Victoria Rd. in Dartmouth, after receiving reports of a deceased person in a third-floor apartment.
When police arrived, they found Grant William Kidston dead in his two-bedroom apartment.
After an investigation by the HRP’s major crime unit, the death was ruled a homicide yesterday afternoon with a man in custody for questioning.
But few other details have been released about Kidston’s death.
“We do have a party in custody for questioning, no charges have been laid and the investigation is continuing,” police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter said. “We are looking to speak to anybody who has information on Mr. Kidston’s whereabouts over the last several days.”
Palmeter refused to release the cause of Kidston’s death, stating it is part of the investigation. Before police had the results of the autopsy, Palmeter said there was no visible indication of how Kidston died.
“We do have a cause of death now, but we’re not releasing it,” he said. “It’s information that may be crucial as far as speaking to possible suspects, things of that nature, so it’s just not something that we’re going to release.”
There are four units on each of the apartment building’s three floors. Yesterday, an HRP officer was stationed on the third floor landing, preventing non-residents from going up.
One of Kidston’s neighbours on the second floor, who did not wish to be identified, said they rarely spoke to the victim, but always found him friendly and well-spoken.
“He seemed friendly,” said the neighbour. “He was just a normal guy, he spoke very nice, you know, like that.”