A suspicious death in Port Alberni is now being called a homicide.

The initial call came in early Saturday morning.

Police responded to the 3500 block of 4th Avenue and once on scene, found a 20-year-old man from the Port Alberni and Ahousat area laying in the street with stab wounds to his chest.

“We have finished processing the crime scene but we are still asking the public for their assistance. If anyone was in the area at approximately 6:30 am on March 27th or may have witnessed this incident, please call us,” explained Sergeant Clayton Wiebe of the Port Alberni RCMP.

The RCMP says the investigation is ongoing and they believe the suspect and victim knew each other.

Police are asking anyone who was in that area around 6 30 in the morning to come forward

If you have any information, you are encouraged to call the RCMP at 250 723-2424.