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Kamloops Mounties looking for witnesses in Howard Johnson Motel murder investigation

RCMP continue to investigate the murder at the Kamloops Howard Johnson Motel.
February 15, 2021 - 9:15 AM

The investigation into the Howard Johnson Motel murder in Kamloops continues, with RCMP remaining on-site to canvass witnesses.

They are also asking for the public’s help with its investigation into the murder of a man Saturday night.

“This homicide occurred early in the night at a time when many people are usually still awake,”  Const. Crystal Evelyn, a spokesperson for the Kamloops RCMP said in a press release. “If anyone saw anything suspicious at all that they think may be related to this investigation, please contact us right away. Maybe you saw someone hanging around the area who caught your eye, or maybe it was someone running away in a hurry around 8 p.m. when the call came in – if you think that something you heard or saw may be related, please let us know.”

Kamloops RCMP frontline officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Howard Johnson Motel on the 500-block of Columbia Street. When police arrived, they found a man in his twenties dead. He had been shot in one of the units. The Serious Crime Unit was called in and has taken over the investigation.

Based on the preliminary information, police believe the homicide was targeted and related to the illegal drug trade. Police believe there is no immediate safety concern to the general public.

The murder scene at the Howard Johnson, as well as two rooms at the Star Lodge, are being held as part of this investigation to be searched by police teams including the Forensic Identification Services. Police are also conducting interviews and neighbourhood inquiries and collecting any video footage that may be available. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, please contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-4173.

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