Persons of interest identified in investigation into the murder of Metchosin man

Watch Police have identified 'persons of interest' in the murder of Martin Payne but won't say how many suspects there are or if it's linked to a prison break. Tess van Straaten reports.


Persons of interest have now been identified in the investigation into the murder of Martin Payne, but investigators aren’t offering any more details.

The body of the 60-year-old was found in his Metchosin home on July 12th.

“The investigative team has made great progress in the investigation and persons of interest have been identified,” said Staff Sergeant Raj Sandhu, Operations NCO at the West Shore RCMP

“We cannot discuss Mr. Payne’s murder in detail as this is an active investigation.”

Investigators are also looking for the public’s help in identifying the owner of a blue backpack. It was recovered on July 9.

It is navy blue with large beige lettering on the front identifying the brand as Journeys by Jerry Van Dyke, a travel agency based in Kitchener, Ontario.


Police seek public’s help in identifying owner of  blue backpack recovered on July 9/RCMP

Oak Bay police also found Payne’s red Ford F150 pickup truck on July 9 around 1 p.m. on Woodburn Avenue.

Police continue to say that there is no reason to believe the public is at risk.

“The investigative team continues to work hard at gathering evidence to support charges against those responsible for his homicide,” said Sandhu.

Police say that if you have information regarding the murder of Martin Payne or if the backpack belongs to you or someone you know, call the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit information line at 250-380-6211.

Sixty-year-old Martin Payne's vehicle was found in Oak Bay before Payne was found dead (Photo: RCMP)

Sixty-year-old Martin Payne’s vehicle was found in Oak Bay before Payne was found dead (Photo: RCMP)



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