UPDATE: RCMP identifies victim of homicide found on forest service road near Hope

Michael Walter Bonin of Prince George a victim of the targeted attack found east of Chilliwack

A 20-year-old from Prince George has been identified as the deceased male found on the Peers Creek Forest Service Road near Hope east of Chilliwack.

The male victim was identified by the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) as Michael Walter Bonin, a Prince George resident.

IHIT reports the homicide appears to be targeted.

On April 20, just before 7:30 a.m. members of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment (UFVRD) responded to a report of a deceased male located on a rural Forest Service Road north of Hope.

Based on the evidence at scene, the investigation was quickly deemed a homicide and the IHIT took conduct.

IHIT investigators are working closing with the UFVRD, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section, and the BC Coroner’s Service on the case. From the evidence gathered so far, an IHIT spokesperson reports the homicide appears to be targeted, but it is unknown if the location where Bonin’s body was located was where the murder occurred.

“As the investigation is its early stages, there remain many unanswered questions,” said Cpl. Meghan FOSTER of IHIT. “Anyone with information about Mr. Bonin’s homicide is asked to contact the police.”

While just 20 years olf, Bonin had a number of contacts with the justice system, according to Court Services Online. In July 2016, he was charged with arson damaging property. A stay of proceedings was issued on that charge on Aug. 10, 2016.

Prior to that he was charged with assault causing bodily harm for a Dec. 11, 2014 incident, followed by two breaches. He was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months probation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. To remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).