Homicide investigators are saying little about a body found at a Fernridge home which also contained a marijuana grow operation.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Langley RCMP received a call asking police to attend a residence in the 2000 block of 200 Street to check on the well being of a man who was staying at the residence.
Police attended and located a deceased male and a grow-op inside the rural residence.
“We are in the early stages of the investigation and processing the crime scene in an effort to determine what occurred inside the residence including the motive,” said Cpl. Adam MacIntosh of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
The deceased is a Caucasian man whose identity hasn’t been confirmed.
MacIntosh said police won’t be releasing how the man was killed. It’s also not known how long his body was inside the home before police were called.
Neighbour Mandy said a “Troy” lived at the home, which also contains a large barn in the back.
She had no idea a grow-op was next door. However, she did note that the man living next door didn’t appear to work and was always home.
“But there wasn’t cars coming and going from the home,” Mandy said.
“Troy is a very nice guy,” she said. “He would call me if my dogs got out.”
Her neighbour has a border collie and police weren’t commenting on the whereabouts of a dog living at that home.
It should be noted that there is no confirmation that the body found in the home is that of the man who was renting the house.
Mandy said her neighbour appears to be in his late 40s or early 50s.
She said her dogs didn’t bark last night until police arrived, which makes her think the body may have been there for a while.
IHIT and Langley RCMP investigators are at the scene and will likely be there for the next couple of days.
This is the first murder of 2013 in Langley.
A 40-year-old man, Cole Manning, was murdered in a Willoughby basement suite on New Year’s Eve. Surrey’s Jason Brewer, 26, was arrested that day and charged with second degree murder.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they can contact the IHIT tip line by calling 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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