Charges laid in Vanderhoof, B.C. homicide investigation

Vanderhoof, BC – On Monday March 9th, 2020 Vanderhoof RCMP received a call for a well-being check at a local residence.

Upon attendance to the residence police located the 62-year-old home owner, Joy Morris, deceased. The subsequent investigation determined that Ms. Morris’ death was the result of a homicide.

The BC RCMP North District Major Crime Unit took conduct the investigation with assistance from the BC RCMP South East RCMP Major Crime Unit, Vanderhoof RCMP Detachment, Penticton RCMP Detachment and the Prince George RCMP Forensic Identification Section.

Murder Homicide
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On Friday April 10th, 2020 investigators arrested 42-year-old Justin Johnston for the murder of Ms. Morris. Johnston was arrested in the South Okanagan where he had recently moved.

Both Johnston and Morris were known to each other and police do not believe there to be further risk to the greater public. Johnston was remanded in custody and will make an appearance in court, via video, on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020.

File # 2020-600

Vanderhoof RCMP

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