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Saanich Police (File photo/Victoria Buzz)

Police are confirming they are investigating a suspicious death in 100-block of Crease Avenue in Saanich, following the discovery of a body Saturday morning.

In a release, Saanich police said they responded to a report of a man laying unresponsive outside a home at the intersection of Crease Avenue and Wascana Street. He was confirmed to be deceased by emergency personnel and due to the nature of his injuries, his death has been deemed suspicious.

No other specific details were released, however, a witness said the body of a male could be seen in the driveway of an unoccupied house and was surrounded by blood.

He was described as being in in his late 20s to 30s, with long hair and a long beard.

The area around where the man was discovered remains cordoned off and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) has taken over conduct of the investigation.

“This is a residential area, close to several businesses, the Galloping Goose Trail and the Trans Canada Highway. It is very likely that someone from the area or passing through, saw something of value to this investigation,”said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for the Saanich Police.

“If you were in the area between 6am and 9am yesterday morning, we want to hear from you. Additionally if you were driving through at that time and have dash cam video, we would like to view it.”

The man’s identity and the cause of death is still unknown.

On Sunday, Saanich police tweeted that they were still in the area and asked people to not cross under the yellow tape.

It is expected that officers will be in the area, with it cordoned off, until sometime Monday.

Traffic is being rerouted near the intersection of Crease Avenue and Seaton Street. Galloping Goose Trail was also shut down to all vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Anyone with information is asked to contact VIIMCU’s Information Line at 250-380-6211, or to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.