Body identified, IHIT seeks help in suspicious death

The body found Dec. 2 in the bushes off Fareham Avenue and Elwell Street in South Burnaby has been identified and the next of kin have been notified.

The victim has been identified as Branson Kerick Rendell Sanders, 20, of Burnaby.

An autopsy was conducted Dec. 5 but further testing is required to determine the exact cause of death, said Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in a press release.

IHIT is treating the incident as a suspicious death and is trying to piece together evidence that may shed light on the events that took place leading up to Sanders'  death.

“We are asking anyone who may have seen or spoken with Branson on or close to December 2, 2011 to contact IHIT investigators,” said Pound.

Just after 9 a.m. on Dec. 2, police were called after the body was found near George Derby Conservation Area, adjacent to Robert Burnaby Park.

IHIT is asking anyone with information on the suspicious death to call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT(4448), email or, to remain anonymous, provide the tip at or 1-800-222-8477.

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