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04/01/2018 18:57 EDT | Updated 04/01/2018 18:58 EDT

Steinbach, Man. Deaths Of Father, Son Are Suspicious, Police Say

Steinbach RCMP officers say there is no threat to public safety.

An RCMP patrol car is shown in a 2014 stock photo.
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An RCMP patrol car is shown in a 2014 stock photo.

STEINBACH, Man. — Police are investigating what they call the "suspicious" deaths of a father and son whose bodies were found in a home on a quiet cul-de-sac in Steinbach, Man., on Saturday.

Officers with the Steinbach RCMP say they aren't looking for any other suspects in the case and there's no threat to public safety.

They say they were called to the home at about 2 p.m., and they found the bodies of two men aged 54 and 25.

Police are not confirming their identities, but they say next of kin have been notified.

A neighbour, Bissarat Ezuz, says Lyle Beeching, his wife Margaret and their two adult sons lived in the home.

Ezuz said she attended the same Catholic church as the Beechings, calling them good friends and good neighbours.

They are the nicest neighbours I have.Bissarat Ezuz

She said she had no idea there was trouble in the home until she heard sirens on Saturday.

"They are very quiet, they are very humble. They are the nicest neighbours I have," Ezus said Sunday.

Staff Sgt. Harold Laninga, the RCMP detachment commander in Steinbach, said police were alerted by someone who attended the residence and called them. But he wouldn't say if that person was a relative.

No threat to the public

"While these deaths are considered suspicious, we are not actively searching for any individuals or suspects related to this matter, said Laninga.

"There is no threat to public safety. I think it's important that people are aware of that."

Police didn't offer any other information about the nature of the incident.

The RCMP and its major crimes unit are continuing the investigation.

Ezuz said one of the Beechings' sons is in his final year at the University of Manitoba and makes the daily commute to classes in Winnipeg with friends. The other son, who is older, isn't employed or going to school, Ezuz said.

'We are in shock'

Still, she said he is often seen walking in the neighbourhood with his father and they went hunting together.

She isn't sure which of the sons was killed.

"You don't expect in this neighbourhood and Steinbach is a very small city. Right now we are under shock. Easter time you don't expect things like this to happen," Ezuz said.

Ezuz said she tried to phone Christ Our Saviour Church to let them know to include the family in prayers during the service on Easter Sunday. She said that due to the circumstances she didn't feel up to going herself.

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