Prince George RCMP are unsure whether a sword found in the Hudson’s Bay Slough canal on Tuesday is connected with a homicide on Saturday.
Prince George resident Vernon Baker, 44, went to a home in the 2300 block of Victoria Street at about 6:30 a.m. on April 11, and told the people there he had been stabbed. Police and paramedics arrived and took Baker to Prince George Regional Hospital, where he later died of his wounds.
“It’s from a stab wound, so we have to classify it as a homicide,” RCMP spokesman Cst. Gary Godwin said. “(But) we’re not treating it as a murder at this point. We don’t know what we have yet.”
The investigation is ongoing to determine if the samurai-type sword found Tuesday is connected with the homicide.
Witnesses saw Baker walking by himself at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning near the First Litre Pub on Strathcona Avenue.
“We’ve had a lot of good tips already from people. We’re still interested in hearing from anybody who knows his whereabouts between 5 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.” Godwin said.
Baker is described as an aboriginal man, 5’11” tall, 190 lbs., with black hair. He was, “known to police,” Godwin said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Tips can also be made online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.