|Edmonton Police Service officers investigate a suspicious death at 107 Avenue west of 104 Street in Edmonton, Alta., on November 24, 2012. A body was found dead in front of a Servus Credit Union building. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON — Homicide detectives are investigating after a man's body was found on a sidewalk just north of Edmonton's downtown core Saturday morning.
Officers were called to the area around 2:15 a.m., after a passerby noticed a man laying face down in the snow.
A blood trail could be seen leading up to the body from the alley, covered by a tarp in front of the Servus Credit Union.
"Because of the evidence of violence in the immediate vicinity of the body, homicide (investigators) have been called out and they've taken over the investigation," said Insp. Brian Nowlan, who added that the age of the victim has yet to be determined.
"I can't give much more details than that. It's still the infancy of this investigation."
Neighbours from nearby apartment buildings came out of their homes to survey the scene.
One man said he wasn't surprised to see police activity, but he was shocked to hear someone was found dead so close to home.
There are fights in the area all the time, said Jean Loui Barnabie, who lives in an apartment building close to where the man was found.
"I don't feel safe. I'm planning to move next month," he said. "I keep seeing people fighting for no reason. They're always fighting against each other, and the police come around every couple of hours."
Luaay Hermiz lives in the apartment building closest to where the man was found. His window overlooked out directly over the crime scene.
He echoed his neighbour's comments, saying that he did hear fighting, but didn't think much of it.
"I heard the usual. Fighting outside. I've lived here eight to nine months, so it's just the usual," he said.
"I hear yelling because people get high, and they lose their minds. They're fighting for no reason."
The man's body remained at the scene for most of the morning, but was loaded up onto a gurney just before noon and taken away by the medical examiner.
A white vehicle was towed from the alley, but Nowlan said at this point it's not clear to him if it is linked to the investigation.
Investigators blocked off a large area.
So far there are no suspects in custody, but investigators say they have interviewed a few people who they believe may have seen what happened.