The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken conduct of an investigation after a deceased man was located in Burnaby, BC.
Background: On July 14, 2022 at 9:46 a.m., the Burnaby RCMP responded to a vacant lot in the area of Norland Avenue and Laurel Street, after a member of the public located a deceased adult male. IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation and is working closely in partnership with the Burnaby RCMP, the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD), the BC Coroners Service and the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS).
At approximately 4:30 a.m. on July 14, 2022, New Westminster PD responded to a vehicle fire in the 400 block of Fader Street. IHIT believes this vehicle to be linked to the homicide investigation and has taken conduct of the scene.
The name of the victim is being released to further the investigation and identify additional witnesses. Investigators can now confirm the identity of the victim as 31 year-old Christopher Irwin and believe the homicide was targeted. There are no further known risks to the public at this time.
We are releasing Mr. Irwin’s name in hopes that witnesses will come forward who can assist us in building a timeline of Mr. Irwin’s whereabouts in the time leading to his death, says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT.
Investigators continue to work tirelessly to collect evidence and speak with witnesses. We urge any associates of Mr. Irwin to please come forward.
IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone traveling in the 3300 block of Norland Avenue, Burnaby, between 3:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., or the area of Fader Street and Braid Street between 3:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. with dash cameras or who has any information regarding the homicide of Mr. Irwin is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.