(Photo Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

(Photo Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

RCMP homicide team investigating death of Langley man on Christmas Eve


LANGLEY, B.C. — The RCMP are asking for the public’s help as homicide investigators piece together what happened in the hours leading up to a man’s death in Langley, B.C., on Christmas Eve.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says officers found 67-year-old Dennis Johnston unresponsive in a home just after 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

Officers attempted to revive Johnston, but he was pronounced dead.

Police say one person at the scene was initially taken into custody before being released.

Investigators say they believe it was an isolated incident unrelated to gang conflict in the Lower Mainland.

Detective Lara Jansen says Johnston attended a social gathering earlier in the day and IHIT is encouraging anyone who was at that event to come forward.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 26, 2019.