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UPDATE: 42-year old man charged with second degree murder of Vanderhoof resident

Joy Morris, a 62-year old was found dead in her home on March 9 by the Vanderhoof RCMP.

A 42-year-old man was arrested in connection to the homicide of a Vanderhoof resident, police said in an April 14 news release.

Joy Morris, a 62-year woman was found dead in her home on March 9 by local police. RCMP said they received a call for a ‘well-being’ check at the local residence in Vanderhoof.

READ MORE: Police investigating suspicious death in Vanderhoof home

“Subsequent investigation determined that Ms. Morris’ death was the result of a homicide,” police said.

Justin Johnston, 42, has been charged with second degree murder of Joy Morris, BC Prosecution office confirmed Wednesday.

Johnston was arrested in the South Okanagan on April 10, where he had recently moved, RCMP said.

Morris and Johnston knew each other and police said they do not believe there is any further risk to the greater public.

Johnston made his first appearance on April 10 and was remanded in custody. His next appearance is scheduled for April 15 in Prince George via video.

This investigation was conducted by the BC RCMP North District Major Crime Unit, with assistance from the BC RCMP South East RCMP Major Crime Unit, Vanderhoof RCMP Detachment, Penticton RCMP Detachment and the Prince George RCMP Forensic Identification Section.

More to come.

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

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