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Update: 'Person of interest' interviewed in relation to Calgary's fifth homicide of 2015

Update. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2:14 p.m.:  Police say they have identified a man who was sought as a person of interest in in the homicide investigation, and the man is currently being interviewed by investigators. No charges have been laid.

Original story:

The Calgary Police Service believe there was a struggle at the scene of the city’s fifth homicide of 2015.

According to police, the body of Dawns Echoes Baptiste was found in the 0 to 100 block of Whitworth Rd. NE just after 3 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Her remains were discovered when police went to check-up on a woman who was reported to have been lying in the backyard of a residence. She was declared dead on scene.

On Friday night, Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm, with the Calgary Police Service’s homicide unit said it appears there was a confrontation in the area where Baptiste’s body was found.

“There was a definitely a struggle that occurred, most certainly,” he told reporters.

“At this point, it’s really early in the investigation, but it’s suffice to say that the scene was a violent scene, for sure.”

Now, the CPS is asking for help from the public in determining Baptiste’s movements before her death.

“That is important because right now, we don’t know what her movements are in the days prior to the events and if people have information, that may assist us in our investigation.”

Chisholm said police have made contact with family friends to inform them of the death and noted they are currently co-operating with police.

He also said officers may be looking to speak with employees at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, as its believed the victim frequented the location.

She is described as an Aboriginal woman, 5'5" in height with a medium build, brown hair and blonde highlights. Police say she was wearing a hooded red winter jacket, black sweatpants and tan-coloured work boots and is known to wear eyeglasses.

Police also noted officers have collected some items from the scene that are of use, but said because the investigation is in its early stages, details could not be released.

As of right now, the CPS is seeking suspects in four of the city’s five homicides of 2015.

Members of the public with any information about Baptiste are asked to contact the CPS at 1-403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.

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