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Last Updated: Saturday, May 8, 2010 | 8:50 PM PT Comments14Recommend36

A family member has been charged with first-degree murder in the April 19 death of a Vancouver police officer's widow.

The body of Patricia Rose Pelletier, 88, was found by Vancouver police at a home in the 3200 block of East 51st Avenue. Police were responding to a 911 call from family members who were concerned that they had not seen or heard from her for days.

Pelletier's daughter, Junette Page Jobin, 58, of New Westminster has been arrested and remains in custody pending a court appearance. No date has been set for the mother of three, who has no criminal record.

Pelletier's death was initially classified as suspicious, but Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said investigators dug deeper before laying the murder charge. He did not say what investigators found.

Neighbour Violet Kyle said she and Pelletier has been in the area for 56 years.

"She was a very good person. She did her own gardening. She painted her house on the inside and outside and she had a little tomato garden in the back. She was very energetic," Kyle said.

"We're just devastated. You have no idea."

Kyle said Jobin grew up in the area "but we did not know much about her. She sort of kept to herself."

Pelletier, the widow of Const. Kenneth Pelletier who died in 1972, was Vancouver's fourth homicide victim this year, compared with 13 at the same point in 2009

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