IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN
A police officer walks down the steps of the Welcome Inn home for people with psychiatric disabilities, where a man's body was found Wednesday.
An autopsy is expected today as police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found at a city home for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Emergency workers are parked outside the Welcome Inn on Wednesday. (IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN)
A Brandon police officer takes pictures of the Welcome Inn, where a man's body was found on Wednesday morning. (IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN)
"The death is being considered suspicious," Brandon Police Service Const. Ron Burgess confirmed on Wednesday. "Right now, we’re just considering it as suspicious, I don’t really have any more details."
The man was found inside the Brandon Community Welcome Clubhouse.
The Brandon Homelessness website describes the home as a non-profit housing co-op that offers 14 apartment rentals to people living with psychiatric disabilities.
It’s not clear whether that apartment count includes an attached building.
It’s also the base for the Grey Owl Extended Program, which offers drop-in and extended programming for people with psychiatric or developmental health issues.
Paramedics were called to the stately brick home at the corner of 11th Street and Louise Avenue around 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday and found an "unresponsive" man in one of the suites.
Police say they were called to the home at 9:23 a.m. and found a man dead at the scene.
The BPS Forensic Identification Unit arrived shortly after.
It’s not clear how long the man had been dead.
As of Wednesday afternoon, police described the death as "suspicious," but it hadn’t been determined whether foul play was involved and an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.
One neighbour and one resident of the home supplied a name for the deceased, but that name hasn’t been confirmed by police or other authorities.
The neighbour, who’s familiar with the home and its tenants, said the man was reportedly found when the home administrator and a worker went to check on him because he hadn’t been seen in some time.
He said the man was found on the second floor where there are a couple of suites.
"He was a pretty good guy … Compared to a lot of people you meet in the world, he was one of the nicer guys," said the neighbour, who described the deceased as a long-term resident of the home and estimated him to be in his early to mid-30s.
The neighbour, who asked not to be identified, said that the last time he saw the man was a few days ago.
Citing the ongoing investigation, staff at the building declined comment. A message left for the woman said to be the building administrator didn’t return a call by press time.
The neighbour supplied a general description of the home, which hosts such events as pizza nights to allow people with mental illnesses to socialize.
Besides suites, the building includes space used for community meetings.
The neighbour said that, in general, staff are present at the building during the day when the door is unlocked.
But the home is locked at night, he said, and visitors would have to ring the bell so tenants can let them in.
"As far as I know, everybody who lives in the building is not really a dangerous person," he added.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2013