Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT holds a photo of Bo Fan. The 41-year-old Chinese citizen has been identified as the victim of a homicide in South Surrey last week. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Chinese citizen identified as victim of South Surrey homicide

Bo Fan, 41, died in hospital after being dropped off with serious injuries

A 41-year-old woman has been identified as the victim of a homicide in South Surrey last week.

Bo Fan was taken to Peace Arch Hospital by friends and family in the early morning hours of June 17, and later died from injuries consistent with a homicide, Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT said during a press conference at Green Timbers Wednesday morning (June 24).

Fan, a citizen of China, had been in Canada since February of 2019 and was living in the Grandview Heights area of South Surrey, said Jang.

He would not divulge Fan’s cause of death or confirm where her injuries were sustained, but said it is clear from those injuries that she was a victim of homicide.

READ ALSO: Police investigating ‘suspicious’ death of woman dropped off at hospital

READ ALSO: Homicide investigation prompts search warrant in South Surrey’s Ocean Park Neighbourhood

The incident is not considered to have been a random act, he added, however, “there’s still much we need to learn about Ms. Fan and her history.”

Police were in the 2700-block of 168 Street for more than 24 hours June 17-18, in connection with the investigation, and ultimately turned their focus to a home on 27 Avenue.

Jang said investigators “don’t really know” if Fan was a resident of the home, only that she lived “in the area.”

He declined to confirm whether a search warrant that was executed at an Ocean Park home on June 18 was connected to Fan’s case, stating only that the search was related to an ongoing IHIT investigation.

Jang said police are reaching out in particular to the local Chinese community in their efforts to solve Fan’s homicide and learn more about her connection to an organization known as ‘Golden Touch’ and ‘Create Abundance.’

He said police know little about the organization, but believe it is a “self-improvement, wellness organization.” It has local and international ties, he added.

Jang emphasized that police have not uncovered any evidence to link the organization with Fan’s death, but believe there may be those locally who knew Fan, or had dealings with her, through it.

Jang said the friends and family members who brought Fan to hospital have been co-operative with police. However, police would like to speak with anyone else who knew the victim.

There have been no arrests or charges in the case so far, said Jang.

“Right now, no one’s in custody for her murder and that’s the important thing. We’re working hard to change that, but right now we’re still in our early stages.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-4448 or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. To make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca



tholmes@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Seabird Island community to recieve $2.1 million for community centre

Provincial, federal funding will contribute to local undertaking

Popular retired UFV therapy dog passes away

Mac the Therapy Dog consoled countless students and staff, as well as wildfire victims

Imagination Library Fraser Valley celebrating Christmas in July

Dolly Parton early literacy intiative looking for financial support to help with waitlist

Community Camera: July 9, 2020

Submit your photos through our website

Gryfalcon missing in Agassiz

Escaped from a falcon breeding centre, last seen near McCallum Road

B.C. sees 25 new COVID-19 cases, community exposure tracked

One death, outbreaks remain in two long-term care facilities

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Four-vehicle collision snarls eastbound highway traffic in Fraser Valley

Collision west of Lickman Road on Highway 1 includes three vehicles plus motorcycle

BREAKING: Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Man shot dead in east Abbotsford suburbs

Integrated Homicide Investigative Team called to investigate

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

Most Read