The death of 60-year-old Martin Payne is being treated as an isolated incident by West Shore RCMP and Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU).
Police found Payne deceased in his Metchosin home in the 1000 block of Brookview Drive on Friday, July 12th while following up on a report that he was missing from work.
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According to RCMP, his death has been ruled as suspicious and foul play is confirmed. After several days of investigation, officers also believe that this is an isolated incident.
“The investigative team consists of more than 20 police officers. The investigation has made significant progress in developing leads and suspects in the death of Martin Payne,” says Staff Sergeant Raj Sandhu Acting Officer in Charge of West Shore RCMP.
“Police believe this crime is an isolated incident. The investigation continues and investigators are working hard at processing the scene, gathering evidence and pursuing all avenues of investigation.”
Payne’s red Ford F150 pickup truck, with licence plate 7432HY, was located by Oak Bay Police Tuesday afternoon on Woodburn Avenue. The truck is an extended cab 4×4, is two toned with red and grey, has running boards and also has a black metal headache rack and black bed rails.
Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the truck between the afternoon of July 8 and July 9 at around 1 p.m., and anyone who observed suspicious activity near the 1000-block of Brookview Drive in Metchosin.
“Residents with security cameras are asked to review their systems for this time period and report any suspicious activity to police,” says Cpl. Chris Dovell of West Shore RCMP.
No suspects have yet been arrested in connection to the death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit information line at 250-380-6211.