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Foul play ruled out but mystery still surrounds death of Shannon Rogers

Jun 13 2012
Shannon Rogers: Her body was found June 12, 2011 

Shannon Rogers: Her body was found June 12, 2011

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Saanich police have ruled out foul play in the death of 26-year-old Shannon Elizabeth Rogers, whose body was found a year ago in Colquitz River Park, but mystery still surrounds her death.

Police said Rogers died of a drug overdose several days before she was found June 12, 2011, in deep underbrush. Investigators don’t know if anyone was with her before she died or how she ended up in the wooded area behind Tillicum Centre.

“There is no evidence to suggest Shannon’s death was at the hands of another person,” said Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen at a press conference on Tuesday. There were no injuries that suggested an assault, he said.

It took months to complete a forensic autopsy and toxicology exam, which was complicated by the fact that Rogers’ body had been outside exposed to the elements for several days.

Rogers, a sex trade worker who struggled with a crack cocaine addiction, was reported missing to Victoria police by her boyfriend on June 10, one week after he had last seen her at the couple’s downtown apartment.

She was found in the park about 2:15 p.m. June 12 by a man and his son walking along the trail.

Investigators interviewed dozens of people, including her boyfriend, family and people she dealt with on the street, but still do have any answers as to how she came to be in the park or who she was with.

Jantzen would not say if drug paraphernalia was found in the area.

Rogers’ boyfriend of a year, Mike Bull, said Saanich police investigators sat down with him and Rogers’ mother and went over the autopsy results several months ago. Bull said they were told there was cocaine and three different types of sedatives in Rogers’ system.

Bull said Rogers never took sedatives. He thinks someone gave her the sedatives in order to inject a lethal amount of cocaine. Saanich police would not comment on this theory.

He said Rogers had an anxiety disorder and rarely left the downtown core.

“It’s all very suspicious,” Bull said. “It doesn’t make any sense at all.”

Saanich police are still looking to talk to people who saw Rogers in the days and hours leading up to her death, Jantzen said.

Anyone with information on Rogers’ whereabouts between June 3 and 12, 2011, is asked to call the Saanich police major crimes tip line at 250-475-4356 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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