Karver Morford was murdered in his Ryder Lake home last November.

Karver Morford was murdered in his Ryder Lake home last November.

Top Stories of 2011: Ryder Lake murder mystery

The family of Karver Morford stepped forward to plead for anyone with information about their son’s murder to call Chilliwack police.

The family of Karver Morford stepped forward to plead for anyone with information about their son’s murder to call police.

“We know we can’t bring him back,” his mother Judy told The Progress in an interview last September. “But someone must know something, even if it’s just who could be capable of such an act.

Morford’s father Jim said it would take a “particular kind of person” to commit such a brutal crime.

“It was a home invasion, and it was brutal, absolutely brutal,” he said.

Police investigators are not releasing details of the crime, to protect the integrity of their investigation.

But what is known is that Morford, 35, lived a quiet life in a secluded house in Ryder Lake.

Sometime between Nov. 6-8 2010, someone made their way up the kilometre-long driveway to the house where Karver’s blue and grey Ford 250 pickup was parked outside.

His body was found by his father.

Why anyone would want to hurt their son, a gentle man who enjoyed his privacy but was well-regarded by all who met him is “unfathomable” to the family.

And for anyone to think that Karver was up to anything illegal in his secluded Ryder Lake home, or that he somehow deserved what happened to him, Judy said, grappling for words, “that’s so …”

“Wrong,” said Jade, finishing his mother’s sentence.

Jade said while his brother “liked his privacy,” he had formed “solid bonds” with the friends he did make.

Karver left school and shied away from socializing after he was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was fourteen years old.

Over the following years he kept busy “re-inventing” himself as a cowboy in Ashcroft and a logger in Kitimat, but he returned to live in the Chilliwack area where he enjoyed the outdoor life and keeping up with his friends.

“He was always keen on keeping up with what other people he had known were up to, and was fond of reminiscing about the adventures he’d had with everyone along the way,” his mother recalled in a memorial tribute.

“He had what he once called a ‘photogenic’ memory of the people and events in his life, and what he didn’t remember he was still quite handy at making up,” she said.

“No one has the right to take someone else’s life, and especially not to just get away with it,” she said. “As his family, friends, and community, we can only carry on by doing all we can to help, and by believing that justice will someday be served.”

rfreeman@theprogress.com

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