UPDATE: Victim named in Halloween night homicide near Cultus Lake

Body of Jordan Christopher Smyth found in rural area on Soowahlie reserve near Chilliwack on Nov. 1

The RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has released the name of the victim in the overnight Halloween incident near Chilliwack.

Jordan Christopher Smyth was found deceased near Cultus Lake early on Nov. 1, 2019.

The body of Jordan Christopher Smyth, 26, was found on the Soowahlie First Nation reserve near Cultus Lake at approximately 7 a.m. on Nov. 1.

Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT said Smyth was known to police and they believe his killing was targeted.

Smyth had a number of criminal charges in Chilliwack provincial court in 2019, and when he was charged with identity theft and vehicle theft in April, RCMP reported he was from Sicamous. He was convicted of numerous charges on that file and was sentenced to one year probation, a $500 fine and a one year driving ban.

• READ MORE: Car theft suspects arrested by Mounties in Chilliwack

All of the 26-year-old’s criminal matters were relatively minor and all in the last year, according to Court Services Online.

Smyth’s body was found in an open area off a remote section of Sleepy Hollow Road on the reserve about one kilometre from Cultus Lake.

Drivers with dash-cam video who were travelling on the roadways in the Cultus Lake area on Halloween night are urged to contact IHIT immediately.

IHIT is working with the Chilliwack RCMP, the B.C. Coroners Service and the Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) to gather evidence. The examination at the crime scene continued Nov. 2 as the Lower Mainland District’s Tactical Troop were deployed to conduct a thorough search of the surrounding areas for physical evidence.

“Mr. Jordan Smyth was known to police and we believe he was targeted for murder,” Jang said. “He was found wearing a black zippered hoodie, grey sweat pants, and light-coloured running shoes. There are many aspects of this investigation that still remain a mystery including the motive behind the homicide.”

After the death, a number of people posted rest in peace messages on Smyth’s Facebook page. One suggested the young man had children: “I’m so sorry to hear about this my heart goes out to your parents & your children may you rest in peace my friend.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact IHIT’s information line at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

• RELATED: IHIT releases name of Chilliwack homicide from Tuesday

• RELATED: RCMP’s Emergency Response Team raid ‘clubhouse’ near Chilliwack homicide scene

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