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Online Escorts: Vancouver Police Probe Deaths
The suspicious deaths of two prostitutes in the same building in the space of a fortnight has sparked a major investigation in Canada.
The bodies of Jill Lyons and Karen Nabors, who both worked as online escorts, were discovered in an apartment building in Vancouver.
Ms Lyons, 45, was discovered dead in her own apartment on August 12 but autopsy reports have proved inconclusive, local media has reported.
The body of Ms Nabors was discovered on August 25, also in her own apartment, and police are believed to have found evidence suggesting the 48-year-old was murdered.
"Investigators know both women were engaged in a high-risk lifestyle and were working as online escorts," Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman Sgt Jennifer Pound said in a statement.
"The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team's priority is to reach out to all escorts and remind them of the risks involved and to take extra precaution as it is unclear at this point why, or even if, they are in fact being targeted.
"There are similarities between the two deaths, but it is still too early to link them conclusively."
Both women were known to bring clients back to their apartments after posting adverts online.
"They were just earning money to pay for their rent. They weren't ladies who would work the street or anything like that," neighbour Martin Piasta told Canadian paper the Globe and Mail.
As police searched surrounding bushes, residents of the apartment building reacted with shock to news of the death of Ms Nabors.
Neighbour Shannon Hecker said Ms Nabors was a considerate and friendly person.
"She's a good person. Despite what people may think about what she did for a living, she didn't deserve that," she told the Province newspaper.