UPDATED: Body found in Burnaby park identified

Carla Marie Smith - RCMP handout
Carla Marie Smith
— image credit: RCMP handout

Police have identified the woman found dead in a Burnaby park on Monday.

Carla Marie Smith, 27, was a Vancouver sex trade worker. She was also known to use the names Carmen and Justine.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of death or if Smith died at the scene where she was discovered or at another location and later placed there.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

Smith's body was found in Warner Loat Park in North Burnaby on Monday by a local man out for a lunchtime walk.

Burnaby RCMP believed the woman appeared to have met with foul play.

Investigators from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and Burnaby Serious Crime Section scoured the area for evidence Monday night and throughout Tuesday, canvassing local residents for information. The Lower Mainland District Tactical Troop was also in the park conducting a comprehensive line search inside the wooded area.

Investigators are asking anyone who regularly uses the adjacent off-leash dog park who may have seen anything out of the ordinary over the past week to give them a call.

“Oftentimes people see things and don’t realize that it is important to a homicide investigation until police ask,” said IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Dale Carr.

Police say there is nothing that suggests this incident has any links to gangs, drugs or organized crime or links to any other homicide investigation.

Police are aware there have been a number of women found deceased in parks over the last couple of years, but have found no links between the events.

"Each of the investigations are separate and distinct. The only similarities are that they are women found in a park," said Carr.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT. Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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