Residents of a quiet cut de sac in Brocklehurst say they were not surprised to see a heavy police presence outside a home on their street this week — part of what Mounties have said is a murder investigation.
According to neighbours, at least a half-dozen police cars sat outside 1431 Woodstock Pl. on Thanksgiving Monday.
Police have said their work at the home was part of their investigation into the murder of Troy Gold. The 35-year-old was reported missing last week and police confirmed on Wednesday that he had been murdered.
Residents of four Woodstock Place homes spoke with KTW, but none were comfortable having their names published.
“I think everybody knows there has been some concerns about that house for a while,” one neighbour said. “It’s one of those things. Everyone knows something isn’t right — the people that come and go. It’s one of those things.”
Police have said no arrests have been made, but noted suspects have been identified.
The Woodstock Place home is believed to be associated with a 23-year-old Kamloops man believed to have gang ties. One neighbour said the home, which is listed for sale, is owned by the 23-year-old’s grandparents and property records show it is registered to a couple.
A call to the home on Wednesday was answered, but KTW was told the 23-year-old was not home.
Police have said a crime scene in Lac du Bois is also connected to Gold’s murder. Investigators have not said whether Gold’s body has been located.
Gold has a lengthy criminal history, including a manslaughter conviction in connection with a stabbing death on a Kelowna beach in 2001.
According to a Kelowna Daily Courier story, Gold was 19 when he attacked 32-year-old Martin Cotey with a knife after approaching Cotey and his girlfriend on Okanagan Lake beach the early morning of Aug. 7, 2001.
“Armed with a carving knife and spoiling for a fight, Gold told Cotey to get off his beach,” the Courier story stated.
“Cotey, 32, tried to appease him and Gold stabbed him, leaving him to die. A pathologist said he would have bled to death if he hadn’t drowned first.”
Gold was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
In April 2015, Gold was sentenced to almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Kelowna bank.
In 2012, he served six months behind bars in connection with a robbery in Victoria, while also compiling assault and theft convictions in Sydney.