Murder of Vancouver Island teen targeted

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VICTORIA – The brutal murder of a Langford 18-year-old whose charred body was found near the Galloping Goose Trall was a targeted killing, Westshore RCMP said Thursday.

Cpl. Darren Lagan said police have identified multiple suspects, but evidence is still being gathered and no arrests have been made.

“There is a large difference between being a suspect and being arrestable and being able to prosecute somebody in the courts,” he said at a morning news conference. “We are still at that in-between phase.”

The body of Kimberly Proctor was found March 19 on a rock ledge next to Millstream Creek under the Galloping Goose Regional Trail — a place popular with local youth — less than 36 hours after she was last seen at the Station Avenue bus interchange.

Last night, shortly before 8 p.m., investigators executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 3200 block of Happy Valley Road, in Langford, the West Shore RCMP said in a news release today.

The police say they are not identifying the suspects at this time.

The grisly discovery of the teen’s body so close to the popular walking and cycling trail raised safety concerns in the community, which is the reason the police say they are informing the public of the development in the case even though they are releasing little information.

“To this end, investigators are taking the unusual step of informing the public that they have identified suspects they believe are responsible for Kimberly’s murder,” Lagan states in the news release.

“Based on their knowledge of the suspects, investigators are confident that Kimberly’s murder was not a random crime. Investigators will not reveal any further details at this time, on (sic) those identified as suspects.

“We are sharing this limited information on our progress in identifying suspects, in hopes of providing the community with some answers to the many questions and fears they have surrounding Kimberly’s murder.”

The police also urged those who know the suspects and what happened to Proctor to come forward.

Lagan said at the news conference police believe there are individuals who know the suspects and have valuable information. He issued a public appeal for those individuals to come forward.

“The information is going to come out, and it best come from them," said Lagan. "We need to ask them to think of Kimberly’s family and to think of her mother and father.”

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