British Columbia

Police identify Surrey victim of 'suspicious' death in Coquitlam

A man found dead near an abandoned vehicle in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sept. 23 has been identified as Jason Zellmer from Surrey while police say they do not believe his death was random.

'From the evidence gathered so far ... Mr. Jason Zellmer’s death does not appear to be random'

Coquitlam RCMP have identified Jason Leigh Zellmer of Surrey, B.C., as the man who was found dead on Quarry Road Friday morning. (RCMP)

A man found dead near an abandoned vehicle in Coquitlam, B.C., on Sept. 23 has been identified as Jason Leigh Zellmer from Surrey, B.C., and police say his death does not appear to be random.

The 39-year-old was found after police got a call about an abandoned car in the 4900 block of Quarry Road in rural Coquitlam, close to the Pitt River.

Zellmer was found near the vehicle and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) took over after the death was "deemed suspicious in nature."

"From the evidence gathered so far, Mr. Zellmer's death does not appear to be random," an IHIT news release said Saturday.

"Investigators believe that Mr. Zellmer met with foul play and died as a result of the injuries he sustained. An autopsy is required to determine the cause of death." 

Police are looking for witnesses who might recognize Zellmer or saw a newer black Hyundai Elantra on Sept. 22. 

Meanwhile Cpl. Meghan Foster says Zellmer did have a criminal record dating back to 1997, with most offenses related to property crime.