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Police ID man murdered in Pitt Meadows

Police have identified a man who was found dead Tuesday morning in a Pitt Meadows field near the border of Maple Ridge as Brandon Howson.

An autopsy on the 26 year-old Maple Ridge resident was scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon. Police believe he was murdered.

“Mr. Howson is known to police and it appears that this homicide was targeted. However, it is too early to speak to a motive or any gang affiliation,” said Sgt. Jennifer Pound with the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

Ridge Meadows RCMP were called around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday after a passerby saw the man lying face down in the cranberry field at the end of 224th Street at 144th Avenue.

Police cordoned off the area where 224th Street turns into a gravel road and forensic investigators searched the area for evidence. Investigators returned to the scene on Wednesday.

The body was found in sparsely populated agricultural area, near Timberline Ranch, where Pitt Meadows meets Maple Ridge.

There has not been in murder in the City of Pitt Meadows since 2008.

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