British Columbia

Kristy Morrey homicide: First-degree murder charge laid in 9-year-old cold case

Nine years after her death, a 51-year-old Abbotsford man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Port Alberni.

Larry Darling, 51, arrested and charged in 2006 murder

Kristy Morrey's body was discovered in her Port Alberni home in 2006. (Port Alberni RCMP)

Nine years after her death, a 51-year-old Abbotsford man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Port Alberni.

Larry Darling is charged with first-degree murder in the 2006 death of Kristy Morrey

In August of that year, the body of the 28-year-old woman was found in her home under a blanket. At the time police said she died of natural causes, but later announced she had been a victim of homicide.

The cause of death has never been revealed.

Darling, Morrey's ex-boy friend at the time, was investigated but cleared by police as a suspect, and the case went cold. 

The file was re-opened by the RCMP E Division Major Crime Section's Serious Crimes Unit in 2013. It's believed  new methods in forensic technology may have helped solve the case. 

"Today we stand before you strong, knowing that someone has been arrested," said the Morrey family in a written statement.

"Our initial reaction was shock, relief, and with a heavy heart, betrayal. We hope that we will eventually be able to find peace."

Darling was arrested on September 11th in Surrey without incident. He will appear in court in Port Alberni Wednesday, September 16th.


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