Submitted. IHIT is announcing today that Second Degree Murder Charges have been sworn in connection to the homicide in Mission Institution on December 2, 2011. The victim was identified as Troy Robert Squires who was serving his sentence in the institution at the time of his murder. He was being held indefinitely as a dangerous offender.
IHIT investigators continued to work aggressively on this homicide and have secured Second Degree Murder Charges against James Saar. Mr. Saar was serving a life sentence at the time of the murder for homicide related charges and aggravated assault. He was eligible for parole in 2017. He had been moved to a maximum security institution outside of British Columbia shortly after the homicide of Troy Squires.
“In the initial stages of the investigation multiple arrests were made. Through process of elimination and assistance from our Integrated Forensic Identification Section, James Saar has been charged with the murder of Troy Squires,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Initial Media Release:
On December 2, 2011 at approximately 10:45pm Correctional Service of Canada Officers discovered an unresponsive male inside his cell.
British Columbia Emergency Services attended the cell and the victim was pronounced dead.
Investigators continue to look into this suspicious death. It appears to be a homicide and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called in and has since taken conduct of the investigation.
Although some reports have released the victim’s name, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has yet to notify the next of kin, therefore, will not release or confirm the name of the deceased.
IHIT are working closely with the Mission RCMP as well as the Correctional Service of Canada to ascertain the events leading up to the victim’s death.
At this point several persons of interest have been identified and interviews will be underway. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team will continue to process the scene throughout the weekend.