Tag Archives: British Columbia

Double homicide in Courtenay, B.C

RCMP responded to a home in Courtenay, on October 5th at around 3:10am on reports of a shooting. Police arrived at the scene to find a man and a woman dead, and two other men in the home. One of the two men was suffering from a gunshot wound.

The two men found in the home have been arrested, however there has been no word on charges. Police have not released the names of the victim’s or the accused as the investigation is still in the early stages.

More to come…

Update: Missing Japanese ESL student Natsumi Kogawa found dead in Vancouver

Natsumi Kogawa 30,  was reported missing on September 12th by a concerned friend after they made plans and Kogawa never showed up.

The body of Kogawa was found on the grounds of the  Gabriola Mansion in Downtown Vancouver on September 28th. at around 7pm. Kogawa was last seen  walking with a man in a surveillance video that was shot on September 8th.

William Schneider 48, has been arrested and at the moment has been charged with indignity to a human body.

An autopsy will be performed on October 3rd to determine the cause of death.

Update February 13th
William Victor Schneider, 49, charge was upgraded on February 10th to second degree murder.

32 year old shot to death in Maple Ridge

Ridge Meadows RCMP responded to reports of a shooting at around 2am on September 24th. Police arrived to find a 32 year old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police believe the shooting was targeted.

More information will be added as it becomes available.


Police have identified the victim as Jonathan Patch 32.  Dean Sahanovitch 55, has been charged with the murder of patch.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 (IHIT).

Body of Cree Woman Deanna Desjarlais found

The badly decomposed body of Deanna Desjarlais 27 was found in a wooded area without a path leading to it, in Surrey, BC. Police were able to determine the identity of the woman through a thumb print.

Desjarlais family filed a missing persons report late April after she  had travelled to Vernon BC and nobody could get in touch with her.

Police have not released any other details at this time..

UPDATE: Victims identified. Double homicide in East Vancouver

Police were called to a home on Dieppe Place, Saturday September 17th at around 10pm. On arrival police found a man and a woman, both pronounces dead at the scene.

Police have not said who called in the report, and have not released the names of the victims. The cause of death will not be released at this time.

Three people all in their 20’s have been taken into custody in relation to the murders.

More to come…

UPDATE-September 20

Police have identified the two homicide victims as  Xuan Vanvy Bacao 24, and Samantha Le 29. Police also said there was a 4 year old child hiding during the murders and was uninjured, as well as another person kidnapped from the home. Police rescued the kidnapping victim on September 19th.

Three men have been arrested in connection to the homicide, however no murder charges have been laid. Shamil Ali, Harinam Cox and Gopal Figueredo have all been charged with kidnapping, extortion, unlawful confinement or imprisonment and aggravated assault.


Surrey stabbing victim Troy Clysdale dies of injuries

Surrey police were called to the scene of a stabbing on September 14th at around 2pm in the area of 135th Street and 108th Avenue.

Police found Troy Clysdale 49, and another man who were both suffering from stab wounds. Clysdale was in serious condition and was rushed to hospital where he died on September 15th. The other man is expected to survive.

Boni-Muhammed Mutawakel 20, was arrested feeling the scene and has been charged with aggravated assault.  RCMP have been consulting with the Crown Counsel on the charges being upgraded to homicide.

UPDATE: 52 year old woman shot to death in Chilliwack

RCMP responded to report of a shooting on September 2nd at around 8pm on Chilliwack Central Road east.

Two victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds, the 52 year old woman died at the scene, and the other victim a man in his 20’s was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries. Allegedly  the victims were shot in a vehicle before crashing into a field.

Police believe the attack was targeted and ask anyone with information to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 (IHIT).

UPDATE: The 52 year old woman has been identified as Diane Kathleen Johner.  The second victim who is still in hospital but is expected to survive is an ex MMA fighter from Abbotsford.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448.

Gurdev “Dave” Hair identified at the victim of the Abbotsford homicide

Abbotsford police received a report of shots fired on Crown Court August 17th at around 9pm. The man was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police believe the attack was targeted.

The IHIT (Integrated Homicide Investigation Team)  reported on August 18th that the victim had been identified as Gurdev “Dave” Hair 45.

A man by the same name was wanted in a 2012 Kidnapping and torture of a 44 year old Mission BC man.