British Columbia

Police search for missing vehicle after double homicide in Vancouver

Vancouver police have confirmed they are investigating a double homicide in the Marpole area, and are seeking more information.

Neighbours say an older couple lived in the Marpole-area home

A Vancouver Police investigator scours the property where two deaths were discovered in the Marpole neighbourhood of Vancouver. (CBC)

Vancouver police are looking for a vehicle that's gone missing from the Marpole home where two people were killed this week.

Investigators have confirmed the dead man and woman found Wednesday inside the small blue house at West 64th Avenue and Hudson Street were victims of a homicide.

Now, officers are asking the public for help locating a white vehicle bearing B.C. licence plate ACK 605.

"Based on the information collected so far, detectives believe a white 2014 Kia Soul is associated to the home on West 64th Avenue and it's missing," Const. Jason Doucette said in a news release.

"We are asking the public to keep an eye out for this vehicle, not to approach if they see it and instead call 911."

A white 2014 Kia Soul, similar in model to the vehicle shown here, was missing from the home where two people were found dead. (Kia/The Associated Press)

Both victims in their 60s

Police were called to the quiet tree-lined south Vancouver neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon to check on the well-being of the residents.

Inside they found a dead man and a woman. Both were in their 60s.

The deaths mark Vancouver's 14th and 15th homicides of 2017.

"It is still very early in the investigation and a motive isn't clear yet," said Vancouver Police Const. Jason Doucette.

"As our detectives collect information and put the pieces of this puzzle together, we are encouraging anyone with information about the deaths, regardless how unimportant they think it may be, to contact us immediately."

By 2 p.m. PT Wednesday, more than a dozen detectives from the Homicide Unit arrived at the house.

Neighbours watched as investigators donned white suits, then scoured the front yard, steps and garden for evidence. The yard and trampoline are now surrounded by yellow police tape.

The front steps were a focus of investigation after two people were found dead inside the home. (CBC)

Two people who said they were relatives arrived on scene at one point Wednesday, appeared visibly distraught and spoke to police before they were led away.

Neighbours said an older couple lived in the home, now the focus of investigation.

"It's pretty shocking. I thought this was a safe neighbourhood. That such a terrible thing could happen, it really puts things in perspective," said University of British Columbia student C.K. Wong.

Neighbours C.K. Wong and Danial Cheung say they are shocked police are investigating two deaths at a home where they often saw an elderly couple. (CBC)

He and neighbour Danial Cheung often waved at the older man when he was out on his lawn with his walker.

"People are friendly here. You can say hi to them. This is the last thing you'd expect in such a peaceful neighbourhood," said Cheung, also a student at UBC.

"We picked this place to live because it looked really peaceful. We didn't really expect this," said Cheung.

Anyone with information is urged to call 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-8477.

Police investigate two suspicious deaths in Vancouver. (Tamara Rahmani/CBC)

With files from Meera Bains