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Shannon Rogers | Victoria | Murdered | Found June 12, 2011
« on: June 17, 2011, 05:41:02 PM »
Police release name of Victoria woman found dead
Shannon Rogers was found dead in Colquitz River Park on Sunday
 
By Katie DeRosa, Postmedia News June 16, 2011

Saanich police have released a name and photograph of the Victoria woman found dead in Colquitz River Park in the hope that people will come forward with information on when she was last seen.

Shannon Elizabeth Rogers, 26, was reported missing by her boyfriend to Victoria police on June 10, less than 48 hours before her body was found by a boy and his father amid thick brush in the park behind Tillicum Centre on Sunday.

Police have not released the results of an autopsy conducted in Vancouver on Tuesday, but Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said preliminary results do not point to any obvious cause of death.

Saanich police are conducting a homicide investigation, which means Rogers died at the hands of someone else, but they have not said whether they believe Rogers was murdered.

"The set of circumstances and the way she was found is very suspicious to our investigators," Jantzen said.

Rogers's body was badly decomposed and was there for "some time," Jantzen said, but police not been able to determine exactly how long.

Her boyfriend told Victoria police he last saw Rogers in their shared apartment downtown about a week before he reported her missing.

Her boyfriend has been interviewed by Saanich investigators, Jantzen said.

"We want to know if she was seen inside the time of that week," Jantzen said. "Our officers have been doing interviews and there's conflicting information on when she was last heard from."

Rev. Al Tysick, former executive director at the Our Place, said Rogers frequented the Pandora Avenue drop-in centre and Rock Bay Landing on Ellice Street.

She was addicted to crack cocaine and was a sex trade worker, he said.

Tysick said Rogers always looked out for the other girls who worked the street.

He remembers a time when a sex worker got into a fight and was bear sprayed. "[Rogers] was the first to step up and want to help," he said.

Tysick said Rogers's boyfriend was 10 to 15 years older and also part of the street community.

"Just like normal couples, some days they wouldn't have a great night. But I've never had concerns about their relationship," he said. "Nobody on the street said to me 'he's pounding the sh*t out of her or she's trying to get away.'"

Tysick said he is "very concerned" for the safety of other sex trade workers in light of Rogers's death.

Megan Lewis, program manager at PEERS Victoria Resource Society, said violence against sex trade workers in Victoria has gone up 56 per cent in the last three years, quoting stats provided by Victoria police.

She said when a woman reports an attack to an outreach worker, a "bad date sheet", which includes details of the incident and a description of the man, is sent to all service agencies who work with vulnerable women.

Downtown social services agencies have been notified of the death so they can spread the word to their clients, Jantzen said.

"The real dedicated street canvas started [Wednesday]," he said.

Saanich police have set up a tipline for the file. Anyone with information on Rogers's death or last known whereabouts is asked to call 250-475-4356.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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