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RCMP investigating death of woman, 56, found in parking lot

Feb 21 2012

Nanaimo RCMP are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the parking lot of a south-end pub.

The Mounties received a call at 12: 30 a.m. Saturday saying a woman was in medical distress in the parking lot of the Newport Bar and Grill at 580 Haliburton St.

When emergency services arrived, they found the body of the 56-year-old woman. The cause of death was not released but an autopsy will take place this week, police said.

The investigation has been turned over to RCMP Serious Crime Unit, Const. Gary O'Brien said. The unit will try to determine the events that led up to the woman's death and whether the care she received helped or harmed her, O'Brien said.

The dead woman did not live above the Newport and is not known to police, said O'Brien.

The family of the deceased have been notified and has requested that her name not be released.

The pub earned a designation as "a nuisance property" by Nanaimo city council on Feb. 13. That means the owner will be billed for nuisance calls by the RCMP or by city bylaw officers.

The business, also known as the "Jolly Miner," has a number of apartments on the second floor and has been a hub of crime for some time. Residents of the area have complained to police about break-ins, garbage, drug trafficking, prostitution and theft.

Nanaimo RCMP received close to 50 calls to the apartment building and its parking lot over the last two years.

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