Charges laid in 2008 Pitt Meadows murder

Port Coquitlam resident Justin Aaron Yusko was stabbed to death six years ago

Inspector Ward Lymburner

A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder six years after a young man was left to die in a Pitt Meadows ditch.

Maly Morn, 32, of Ottawa, appeared in Port Coquitlam Provincial Court Monday on one count of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

He is accused of stabbing Justin Aaron Yusko, 28 and dumping him on Ford Road, near the Pitt Meadows airport on Jan. 29, 2008.

Yusko managed to flagged down a passing motorist and was rushed to hospital where he died of his injuries.

He was identified by a friend after police released a description of  his tattoos – a Chinese dragon on his right forearm and a devil’s head tattooed on his left forearm.

Yusko grew up in Maple Ridge but was living in Port Coquitlam at the time of his death. He is survived by his mother and step-father.

Cpl. Dominic Duchesneau, with the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Team, said Yusko and Morn knew each other through the drug trade.

Morn moved to Ottawa after the murder, but police arrested him on Saturday after he returned to the Lower Mainland for a visit.

“We had information that he would be in the Lower Mainland on the weekend,” said Duchesneau, adding that details about the motive will be revealed in court.

Morn has a criminal record that includes a conviction for drug possession and flight from a peace officer.

His arrest marks the third success for the RCMP’s Cold Case Team, which was formed in March 2012.

“I want to thank the families of the victims for their patience and trust they have shown in the IHIT Program. It’s their trust that motivates everyone here at IHIT to succeed,” said  Insp. Ward Lymburner of IHIT.

“Investigations are never closed. The victims of homicide are never forgotten.”

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