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B&E ends in tragic death

Police are calling the death of a 75-year-old Rossland man, disturbing and possibly random.

Thomas Feeny a long time resident of the area was discovered in a home along Feeny Road last Thursday.

Supt. Tim Head says the road was named after Feeny’s family.

The BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit, with the assistance from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit and the Kootenay Boundary Regional General Investigation Section are investigating what Head calls a tragic death.

“The area was cordoned off, the scene has undergone an extensive review by the Forensic Identification Section and the neighbourhood has been canvassed,” he explains.

“The BC Coroner Service was notified and an autopsy has been scheduled for today (Monday) in order to confirm the exact cause of death.”

At this time the preliminary findings from the investigation lead police to believe that this appears to be a random incident, or a crime of opportunity.

“I can say that this appears to be a break and enter type incident that ended in a violent and disturbing homicide,” says Head.

Police are reviewing any other break-ins in the area and have not been able to eliminate the possibility that there is a connection with the homicide investigation.

A series of specific items are missing from the residence. Police are releasing photos and descriptions of the items in the hopes someone may have information that will lead to the recovery of the items and individual or individuals who took them.

In addition to releasing information about these items, the RCMP have also set up a dedicated tip line at  1-877-987-8477 for the public to call should they have any information about the items or this homicide.

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