IHIT investigating death of Dennis Johnston, 67, in Langley

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is requesting assistance in the investigation into the homicide of 67-year-old Dennis Johnston of Langley.      

On December 24, at 9:23 p.m., Langley RCMP frontline members responded to the 2900-block of 224th Street to assist EHS and the Langley Fire Department with an unresponsive male.  Despite resuscitation attempts, the man was pronounced dead and IHIT was subsequently called in.

One person at the scene was initially taken into custody but later released.  Investigators believe this was an isolated incident, not related to the ongoing Lower Mainland Gang Conflict.

IHIT is working closely with the Langley RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

In order to further the investigation and establish a timeline prior to his death, IHIT confirmed the name of the victim.

“We urge anyone who was with Mr. Johnston or has details of his activities prior to his death to speak with investigators,” said Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT.  “We know Mr. Johnston was at a social gathering earlier in the day on Christmas Eve and encourage those who were there or saw him there to come forward.”

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

Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)