RCMP seek lost phone linked to Langford New Year’s Eve homicide

RCMP seek lost phone linked to Langford New Year's Eve homicide
A police vehicle is seen outside a Sewlyn Road home in Langford where Raymonde Elder, 59, was found dead on Jan. 1, 2022.

Investigators in Langford are looking for someone who may have found a lost cell phone linked to the death of a woman on New Year’s Eve.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit says it is continuing its investigation into the death of Raymonde Elder, 59, whose body was found during a wellness check at her Selwyn Road home Dec. 31, 2021.

Her son, 27-year-old Ryan Elder, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death.

VIIMCU says it’s now hoping to speak with anyone who may have found the cell phone between Dec. 25 and Jan. 18 in the area of the Galloping Goose Trail and Atkins Road in Langford, between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Westwind Drive.

Anyone who came across the phone in that area is asked to call BC RCMP at 250-380-6211.

RCMP have said the homicide is believed to have been an isolated incident.

Raymonde’s brother, Alex McEwen, said his nephew struggled with mental illness, creating a strain on his relationship with his mother.

“Recently it was very volatile, very volatile, always arguing and shouting each other. I mean, even when he was younger, he loved her. Probably still loves her. And she loved him. She would do anything for him,” he told CHEK News earlier in January.

One neighbour said that he had heard fighting from inside the home before Raymonde was found dead.

McEwen says the family called the police many times for help as Ryan’s mental health deteriorated.


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