Elderly couple named in homicide investigation at Abbotsford home

Couple named in homicide

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has identified the couple found dead inside an Abbotsford home earlier this week.

They were 77-year-old Arnold De Jong and 76-year-old Joanne De Jong.

At around 10:26 a.m. on Monday, May 9, the Abbotsford Police Department (AbbyPD) responded to a residence on the 33600 block of Arcadian Way and found the two deceased inside. IHIT was called in to investigate.

The deaths are being treated as suspicious and IHIT is seeking witnesses and CCTV video to assist in the investigation.

At this point, it’s uncertain if the couple was killed in a random attack or a targeted incident.

Homicide investigators are still collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses and constructing a timeline.

IHIT is working with the Abbotsford Police Department and the BC Coroners Service.

“The safety of the citizens in Abbotsford, and the community as a whole, are of the highest priority. Every available resource is being utilized,” said Constable Paul Walker with AbbyPD.

“We are sharing information with AbbyPD and following multiple leads,” said Sergeant David Lee of IHIT, “we are asking anyone with information about Arnold and Joanne to call IHIT. There (sic) information may be key.”

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