UPDATE: Woman found in Mount Pearl park dies in hospital, RNC says

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is refuting a CBC News report that suggests there were knife wounds on the body of a woman who died in hospital Monday after she was found injured at a park in Mount Pearl.

CBC News initially reported that RNC sources told the media outlet there were knife wounds on the 33-year-old woman’s body.

Shortly after CBC aired that report, Const. Talia Murphy contacted The Telegram and said the woman “did not have any injuries that would be consistent with a stabbing.”

Police were called to Power’s Pond Park shortly before 2 a.m. The woman was taken to hospital in critical condition. The RNC announced the woman’s death in a news release issued shortly after 4 p.m.

The cause of death has not been determined.


(Earlier story)

A 33-year-old woman — located within Powers Pond Park in Mount Pearl early this morning — has died in hospital, the RNC says.

The RNC was called to the scene about 1:48 a.m. Upon police arrival, the woman was transported to hospital in critical condition.

RNC officers with the criminal investigation division and the forensic identification section also attended the area.

The RNC is working in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to help establish the cause of death.

The RNC will continue to hold the scene overnight while the investigation is ongoing.

Investigators with the Major Crime Unit would like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.


(Earlier story)

The investigation continues into the discovery of an injured woman in Powers Pond Park in Mount Pearl early this morning.

All police are saying at this time is a 33-year-old woman was found in the park after members of the RNC responded to the area around 2 a.m. The woman was taken to hospital, reportedly in critical condition.

An RNC spokeswoman said they are not releasing any further details yet as investigators continue to look into the matter.


(Earlier story)

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers are saying little as they have the entrance to Power's Pond park blocked off this morning.

A member told The Telegram there will be a media briefing some time later this morning.

The RNC's overnight report said earlier today that patrol members, major crime investigatiors and forensic identification services were at the scene of an overnight incident.

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  • Ms K
    January 08, 2013 - 03:41

    I'm very sorry for this family's loss. Although I do not know the full situation, I believe both St John's and Mt Pearl need to consider better safety options. After the recent rash if sexual assaults downtown, I went to the RNC building to see what I could do to protect myself and what safety measures may be being put in place. The response "don't walk alone". Considering when I walk to my vehicle downtown that's not usually possible, that is not good enough. I asked about self defense devices and spray, none of it is legal. A item used in self defense against an unarmed individual can be considered a weapon. So a (wo)man being attacked by a physically stronger attacker can have no assistance to defend themselves unless the attacker is armed. (At least that is what members of the RNC told me)

  • Ms K
    January 08, 2013 - 03:25

    With all the recent attention to assaults, particularly sexual assaults downtown, I inquired at the RNC building what an average (wo)man can do if faced with a dangerous person. "Don't walk alone". There has to be a better answer than that. Any self defense item can be considered a weapon and may cause the defender to get charged instead of the more physically powerful attacker. I am sorry for this family's loss; Although I do not know the full situation I think there should be more safety options than "Don't walk alone" (even to your car).

  • bern
    January 08, 2013 - 00:11

    Does it matter what McLeans, Time, MUN crime study etc has to say?? we live in a society of humans as any other community and at any time at any place crime can happen. We all need to be aware of surroundings. In any event this might very well have been a suicide...so think before you jump to conclusions. Our police dept is on the ball and do a very good job considering what they have to deal with. This is life people.

  • Christine
    January 07, 2013 - 21:51

    This is tragic and senseless.... hope the family finds healing here. To the OTHER Christine, I believe you are completely accurate! We are one of the most safest cities/province to live in. It's unfortunate that this dear lady had to die. Nobody deserves that! God bless and remember that she is the victim and may God rest her soul.

  • stephen
    January 07, 2013 - 17:27

    This is a sad situation for anyone connnected to this person. Very tragic. with regard to RJ , 60% of people get 53% of statistics wrong 74% of the time. Somewhere I heard this stat..

    • RJ
      January 08, 2013 - 00:00

      I wish it was different and a safe place..please refer to an article on CBC, July 23/11 as to Stats about violent crime in St.John's.Number 1 in the whole country. :(

  • Christine
    January 07, 2013 - 17:23

    Although I did 'hear a rumor' somewhere at one point RJ, something about St. John's and violent crimes, you are completely INCORRECT about our crime rates. Both Stats Can and Maclean's show similar results, the only crime where we even fall on the radar is for B&Es (and we're at the bottom of the list), but if you look at the provincial comparison for canadian cities here, http://www2.macleans.ca/worst-cities/ you'll see that St. John's NL is definately the safest bet in all of Canada. It is a shame what happened to this poor woman, goes to show there's crazies everywhere!

    • RJ
      January 07, 2013 - 23:51

      With regards to crime here ...10 yrs ago St. John's had a overall rating of #65 as reported by Maclean's.Last yr it had moved up to #25.The highest increase of any city in Canada.Also if you look up last yrs crime stats St. John's boasts the the highest per capita increase in violent crimes of any city in Canada. Sad with such a small population a once safe city had to turn this way,and in such a short time.

  • Janet Humber
    January 07, 2013 - 15:57

    The public needs to not get into panic mode...obviously the RNC would inform us if we or our children were at risk!!

  • Dani
    January 07, 2013 - 15:50

    RJ, I'm wondering what your source was that St. John's had the "highest violent crime rate in all of Canada in 2012"? I can't find any 2012 stats online really. I always thought Winnipeg was the big winner of that "prize" every year. I think that if they're being this tight lipped there is no doubt there was foul play. Plus... they don't call in the big shot detectives when someone slips and hurts themselves on a walking trail. Something bad happened to this women, and I don't blame people for worrying!

  • CornerBoy
    January 07, 2013 - 15:40

    My Prayers go out to her family, what a tragic event so close to the end of the holiday season. May she RIP.

  • Paradise
    January 07, 2013 - 15:03

    Not good when stuff like this happens :(

  • ano
    January 07, 2013 - 12:50

    I would hope that there isn't a threat to the public being hidden from us

    • RJ
      January 07, 2013 - 13:59

      Of course living in one of the highest crime spots in Canada ..there is risk.Anyone walking alone is foolish...think about how many ppl have been attacked in the past yr alone ... St.John's and area is a haven for low life scum. The highest violent crime rate in all of Canada for 2012...Put that in the next NL tourism ad!!

    • John
      January 07, 2013 - 14:58

      St. John's doesn't have the highest crime rate in Canada. Also, this took place in Mount Pearl, not St. John's, another community with a very low crime rate statistically. On the Macleans list of most dangerous cities in Canada, St. John's is number 25. http://www2.macleans.ca/crime-chart/ Awful story regardless, hopefully an answer is found soon, and any threat to the public is dealt with swiftly, hopefully people will not have knee jerk reactions and think that the entire city is in danger due to one incident, that none of us know anything about yet.

  • saelcove
    January 07, 2013 - 09:50

    Later to day they will be asking for public assiatance

  • Common sense
    January 07, 2013 - 07:44

    If there was a threat to public safety the rnc would without a doubt notify the public of this risk. Chances are if they haven't then it's an issue that's being dealt with.

  • KMA
    January 07, 2013 - 07:19

    As a parent of 2 school-aged kids living in the area, it concerns me that there are 4 schools in this direct area, but we have no idea if there is any safety threat to everyone, but most importantly the school children, in the area. I would like to think that if there was a safety concern for the public with this developing "situation", the Police would make that known so people could take appropriate precautions.

  • shawn
    January 07, 2013 - 07:09

    town is gone mad and so has i