ON Saturday, September 25, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Ridge Meadows frontline officers responded to a black pickup truck on fire at the intersection of Park Lane and Vernon Trail in the 21700-block of 136 Avenue. Once the fire was extinguished and a body located, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to investigate.
The examination of the scene and area canvassing is still being completed by IHIT in partnership with the Ridge Meadows RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS), as well as the BC Coroners Service.
The black pickup truck was determined to be a matte Black Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab. It may not have had a muffler; so, it would have been very loud as it travelled through Maple Ridge and the surrounding areas. (See photos of actual truck and stock image.)
Homicide investigators are continuing their canvass in Maple Ridge for witnesses and CCTV in order to construct a timeline. They are looking for anyone with information, dashcam video or residential video of the vehicle in the time leading up to the fire. The areas of interest surround the 21700-block of 136 Avenue in the Silver Valley Area of Maple Ridge from approximately midnight to 2 a.m. in the early morning hours of September 25. (See area map.)
The identification of the victim is still pending. There is insufficient information at this point to rule out or link this incident to the ongoing conflict in the Lower Mainland. IHIT is able to confirm that this was a targeted incident.
“We recognize the community is looking for answers, but we are not speculating on motives or associations,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “We are gathering all the facts so we can update and reassure the public as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is requested to immediately contact IHIT investigators by contacting the IHIT Info-Line at 1-877-551-4448.