Murder suspected in 'shocking' death of Vancouver man in Burnaby

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team needs the public's help to catch a murder suspect.

Burnaby RCMP found 51-year-old Joseph Vincent Morrissey of Vancouver dead Monday, Jan. 13 just after 7:20 a.m. in the 6700-block of Fourth Street in Burnaby by Robert Burnaby Park.

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Morrissey was discovered to have injuries consistent with foul play and IHIT has now taken over the investigation.

“We don’t believe Joseph Morrissey’s death was random,” says Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT. “We are appealing to those who knew Mr. Morrissey to help us answer the key questions of who was he meeting with and what he was doing prior to his death. Furthermore, we ask that anyone with dash camera footage or individuals who were walking in the area of Lakefield Drive and Fourth Street between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. and may have observed suspicious activities to contact IHIT.”  

“We understand that incidents like this can be shocking, particularly because they don’t happen often in our City and we are committed to working with IHIT to advance this investigation,” says Burnaby RCMP Officer-in-Charge Chief Supt. Deanne Burleigh. “We would ask that if any member of our community has information that could assist in this investigation to please contact IHIT.”  

IHIT is continuing to work closely with Burnaby RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence. The investigation is still in its early stages but investigators believe this incident is related to the drug trade. An autopsy will be conducted this week.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at

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