Investigating murder

RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and Lillooet RCMP have confirmed that the death of Patrick Zube Ayward was a homicide. 

Officers were called out Saturday afternoon to investigate a kidnapping and suspicious death.

In a news release issued Friday police reported the identity of the deceased as 71-year-old Patrick Zube Aylward.

They say his body was found in a residence on a rural road outside of Seton Portage, about 25 kilometres west of Lillooet, B.C.

Investigators say they believe it was a targeted killing, however, they have not yet released the cause of death, or any suspect information.

They also say they are aware of "numerous rumours" about the death circulating in the communities of Seton Portage, D’Arcy, Pemberton and Whistler.

"Investigators are still interested in speaking to anyone who travelled Highline Road during the late evening of Friday October 12 and early morning of Saturday October 13," stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit have activated a dedicated tip line for the investigation into Aylwards death and that should anyone have information regarding Aylwards murder to contact Tip Line at 1 (877) 987-8477.

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