Vancouver police released the identity of the city’s second homicide victim of 2020, who was found dead in South Vancouver last weekend.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. on January 18, a passerby had spotted a male body in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Marine Gateway Cineplex located at Southwest Marine Drive and Cambie Street. At the time, police were working to confirm the identity of the victim.
Today (January 23), the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) identified him as 31-year-old Mathieu Flynn of Richmond.
“This incident happened in a very public, busy area,” VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin stated in a news release. “We believe several people may have video from their vehicle or information that could help detectives solve this homicide.”
Although no arrests have been made yet, the VPD stated that investigators believe that it was a targeted incident and they don't believe there's a risk to the public.
Const. Visintin stated at a news conference today that Flynn is known to police.
Anyone with dashcam footage or who has vehicles equipped with factory video surveillance (specifically from a Tesla) who were inside the parking garage at 452 Southwest Marine Drive between 6 p.m. and 8:30 pm on January 18 is asked to contact the VPD at 604-717-2500.
Several hours after the discovery of Flynn's body, a 45-year-old woman was found dead under suspicious circumstances at her residence in Gastown at 1:30 a.m. on January 19. However, the VPD has not stated that there is any connection between these two cases.
Meanwhile, Burnaby RCMP found 28-year-old Julian Johnson suffering from a gunshot wound around 6:30 p.m. on January 19 at a Chevron gas station at 4487 Canada Way. He later died from his injuries in hospital.