The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIMCU), are continuing the investigation into the murder of Martin Payne, whose body was located in his home in Metchosin July 12, 2019.
“The investigative team has made great progress in the investigation,” said Staff Sergeant Raj Sandhu, Operations NCO at the West Shore RCMP.
“Persons of interest have been identified. As a result of the investigation’s progress police wish to inform the community of Greater Victoria that there is no reason to believe the public is at risk. We cannot discuss Mr. Payne’s murder in detail as this is an active investigation. The investigative team continues to work hard at gathering evidence to support charges against those responsible for his homicide. We want to thank the public and specifically the residents of Metchosin who have remained patient as police work through this extensive investigation.”
In an effort to further the investigation police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the owner of this blue backpack. The backpack was recovered on July 9, 2019.
The backpack is described as navy blue with large beige lettering on the front identifying the brand as Journeys by Jerry Van Dyke. (See a larger image of the backpack below.)
If you have information regarding the murder of Martin Payne or if this backpack belongs to you or someone you know, please contact the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit information line at 250-380-6211.
Released by Cst. Nancy Saggar,
Media Relations Officer, West Shore RCMP
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B3A4