WATCH: 30-year-old John Dillan Brown was found dead in his car Saturday evening. As Monica Martinez reports, investigators say this was a targeted attack.
An autopsy conducted on John Dillon Brown’s body this week confirmed his death was no accident.
“At this point the cause of death is not being release, but we can confirm it is a homicide but it is a targeted homicide so the public is not risk at this point,” said Cpl. Janelle Shoihet, RCMP E-Division.
The 30-year-old father was found dead in his car Saturday around eight in the evening. His Grey Honda Accord was parked near the west side of the one way bridge into Sayward.
Brown was last seen leaving a home in Campbell River at 1 pm on Friday, March 11th, the day before he died.
He had relocated to Campbell River but also had a primary residence in Saanich.
RCMP are now looking to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken with him in the hours before his death.
“We are going through the information that is out there, speaking to witnesses, doing a video canvass, a photo canvas at this point. No one has been identified at this point but certainly the investigation is active and ongoing,” she said.
John Dillon Brown has a criminal past and has served time in jail. He was found guilty of aggravated assault on two separate occasions in 2005, as well as obstruction of justice.
He was known in Mixed Martial Arts as featherweight fighter “tomahawk.”
He leaves behind two kids and a partner, who recently found out she’s pregnant with his child.
Earlier this month, there was another targeted attack, this one in Nanaimo. Multiple gunshots were fired into a car, but the man was inside was not injured.
After a police chase, two Lower Mainland men were arrested and charged with attempted murder.
Police say there is nothing to suggested the two incidents are linked.
“It looks like an isolated incident but again if you have any information we are appealing to the public to come forward with that information,” Cpl. Shoihet.
If you have information about this crime, please contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers (VIIMCU file #2016-1315):
- Sayward RCMP 250-282-5522
- Campbell River RCMP 250-286-6221
- Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text 274637