IHIT investigating double homicide in Richmond (updated)

THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has taken conduct of a double homicide in Richmond. 

On March 19 at 4:45 a.m., Richmond RCMP frontline officers responded to the 22000-block of Rathburn Drive to assist with a structure fire.  Once the fire was extinguished, two deceased individuals were located inside the residence.  The circumstances surrounding the deceased were believed to be consistent with a homicide and IHIT was called in.

IHIT is working closely with the Richmond RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroner’s Service to gather evidence and complete priority tasks.

“At this time the two victims have not yet been identified.  IHIT investigators are working hard to further this investigation, identify the victims and locate next of kin.  Investigators have determined that a burned black BMW SUV reported shortly after the homicide near 16 Avenue and 194 Street in Surrey is believed to be associated to the homicide,” said Detective Lara Jansen of IHIT. 

“We are asking anyone with CCTV, dash cam video or information related to the homicide or the burned BMW SUV to contact IHIT.”

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

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