Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says the city is looking at setting up surveillance cameras and streetlights along a stretch of Colebrook Road, or perhaps even blocking it off altogether, after a patrolling Mountie discovered two more bodies there early Wednesday morning.
So far this year, four bodies have been dumped along a four-block section of the rural road.
Watts drove down to the latest scene, near 125A Street, on Wednesday to see how close these latest bodies were dumped to that of 29-year-old Delta resident Amritpal Saran, whose charred body was found in the 12100-block of Colebrook Road on Feb. 24, and the body of Jaskaran Singh Sandhu, 26, found in some grass beside Colebrook Road, in the 12300-block, on Jan. 28.
"Suffice to say we're extremely concerned," Watts said. "We're going to see what we can do."
Blocking off a section of Colebrook Road is "another option," she noted. If the city decides to do so, it wouldn't be the first time a troubled Surrey street is blocked off. In 2003 Doug McCallum, Surrey's mayor at that time, had a two-block strip of Whalley's notorious 135A Street barricaded for several months in an effort to curb prostitution and drug dealing there.
Of Surrey's 10 homicides so far this year, four have been connected to Colebrook Road. Watts said at least one of the victims was brought there from elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. She asked police to step up their patrols along the road "a month or so" ago, and it was on one of these patrols the officer discovered the two bodies, of a man and a woman, at about 2 a.m.
Homicide investigators at press time were trying to determine their identities.
"Until the identity has been determined investigators will not know the connection, if any, today's victims have to each other or to the other two victims found recently in this area," Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokeswoman for IHIT said Wednesday.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551IHIT (4448), Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222TIPS, or contact the investigators by email at email@example.com.
Police have yet to identify suspects in any of these Colebrook homicides. To their knowledge, Saran wasn't associated to any gang. Sandhu, whose body was found a mere two blocks away from Saran's, had survived an attempt on his life in September 2011, at a Mr. Lube on Barnett Highway in Coquitlam. Police believe the deaths of Saran and Sandhu aren't related.
Colebrook Road runs from Mud Bay along the bottom of Panorama Ridge eastward into Cloverdale, where it ends in sprawling fields, only to resume once again near the Surrey-Langley border.