Homicide team called in to investigate “suspicious death” in Maple Ridge

Jan 13 2020, 10:34 am

Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) have been tapped to investigate what’s being described as a “suspicious” death in Maple Ridge.

In a release, IHIT said that at 1:21 pm on January 11, Ridge Meadows RCMP officers responded to a report of a body found in a rural area near the 245 block of Lougheed Highway. “The circumstances surrounding the body and the area were deemed to be suspicious and IHIT was called in to investigate,” the release said.

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

“At this time, the name of the victim is not yet known and investigators are working hard to confirm the identity,” said IHIT detective Lara Jansen. “Though the area is rural, investigators believe that it does get used frequently by pedestrians, so we are asking anyone who has been in that area to contact IHIT.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email.