Martin Payne, 60, was found dead in his Metchosin home on July 12. Police have confirmed foul play and believe the crime is an isolated incident. (Martin Payne/Facebook)

RCMP identifies persons of interest in murder of Metchosin man

Martin Payne, 60, was found dead in his Metchosin home on July 12

Police have identified persons of interest in the murder of a Metchosin man that took place in mid-July.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is continuing to investigate the murder of 60-year-old Martin Payne. Payne’s body was found in his home in Metchosin on July 12.

In a statement, Sgt. Raj Sandhu of the West Shore RCMP said police cannot discuss Payne’s murder in detail as it is an active investigation.

READ ALSO: RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

“The investigative team has made great progress in the investigation. Persons of interest have been identified,” Sandhu said. “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.”

Sandhu said “the investigative team continues to work hard at gathering evidence to support charges against those responsible for (Payne’s) homicide.

“We want to thank the public and specifically the residents of Metchosin who have remained patient as police work through this extensive investigation.”

READ ALSO: ‘Goodness prevails’: Neighbours reflect following suspicious death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

To further the investigation, police are asking the public to help identify the owner of a backpack that was recovered on July 9. The backpack is navy blue with large beige lettering on the front identifying the brand as “Journeys by Jerry Van Dyke.”

Anyone with information regarding the murder of Martin Payne, or the owner of the backpack, is asked to contact the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit’s information line at 250-380-6211.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Police are looking for the owner of this backpack as part of an investigation into the murder of Martin Payne. Payne, 60, was found dead in his Metchosin home on July 12. (Photo courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

Just Posted

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Police investigating incident in Saanich neighbourhood

Neighbours tell Black Press Media that a body has been found, but police remain tight-lipped.

Colwood man takes on Ride to Conquer Cancer for 11th year in a row

Team Finn has raised almost $3 million for BC Cancer Foundation

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Sooke’s Old-Fashioned Country Picnic set for Saturday

The free event combines music, kids activities, food and fun

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Most Read