Homicide victim found in Langley is white male; IHIT calls it targeted incident

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Thursday announced that the homicide victim found in Langley in a burned vehicle on Tuesday is a white male. But it added that further identification is pending.

IHIT said that information obtained in these early stages of the investigation indicate that this was a targeted incident.

It said that the location of the burned vehicle and victim are not connected to the area they were found in. Investigators are continuing to analyze evidence and are determining if this is related to any of the ongoing conflicts in the Lower Mainland.

On July 20, at approximately 7 p.m., Langley RCMP was called to the 8200-block of 197 Street for the report of a vehicle fire. Once the fire was extinguished, a body was located inside the burned vehicle. IHIT assumed conduct of the investigation and is working closely with its partners at ICBC, the Langley RCMP, the BC Coroners Service, and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section.

IHIT investigators have determined that the vehicle was a Red Ford F150 (see photos) with body-kit modifications.

The investigation continues and IHIT is seeking public assistance. It is asking for anyone with dashcam who may have been driving along 200 Street and 82 Avenue around 6:45 p.m. on July 20. IHIT is also interested in the Red Ford F150.

“The Red Ford F150 has modifications and may have stood out,” said Sgt. David Lee of IHIT. “We are looking to speak to anyone who may have seen it.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca