On September 30, 2012 26-year-old January Lupaz was found in her New Westminster home with stab wounds. She later died in hospital.
On December 5, 2012 IHIT arrested 20-year-old Charles Jameson “Jamie” Neel in connection to this murder. He has now been charged with Second Degree Murder.
“New Westminster and Abbotsford are long-standing partners in IHIT and contribute to the team’s ability to deploy anywhere in the LMD from Hope to Pemberton. In this case, IHIT’s deployment in New Westminster was greatly facilitated by our established working relationship with them. The integration of law enforcement from so many municipalities contributes to IHIT’s effectiveness when investigating homicides. It is well known that those responsible for these violent crimes operate throughout the LMD with little regard for municipal boundaries,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
IHIT investigators continue to investigate the motive for this murder. No further information will be provided at this time as the matter is now before the courts.