On Monday, a homeless man was found dead on the curb lane of a major roadway in Langley. His shopping cart lay near him, with articles he collected strewn around. Police found a business across the street which had video running. Now they have a suspect.
LANGLEY, B.C. - Police have executed a warrant and searched a tractor-trailer truck suspected of being the vehicle that ran over and killed homeless man Julian Michael Kirk who was left to die on the curb lane of 200 Street in Langley.
Cpl. Holly Marks said the vehicle was identified through a video surveillance tape obtained from a business across the street from where Kirk was found dead on Monday evening.
Kirk was found dead near his shopping cart, with items strewn around. Police found no vehicle debris and speculated that he may have been run over by a large vehicle such as a truck or a bus.
Kirk was identified by a policeman who regularly interacts with homeless people in Langley, said Marks in an interview. "A fingerprint comparison determined the officer was correct," she said.
While Kirk was homeless, he had family in the area.
Marks said the second big break came when video surveillance tape was analyzed and police saw a truck with particular company markings had passed the same way at the time Kirk was struck.
Marks said a search was conducted of the truck but she did not know the outcome of the investigation. Lab tests may take time, she said.
The driver of the tractor-trailer has been identified and is currently a person of interest in the case, she said.
"This investigation progressed quickly. This can be attributed to the well coordinated efforts of the police and the public. There have been an overwhelming number of tips provided by the public in their effort to to assist police with this tragic incident," she said.
"Commercial businesses contacted throughout this investigation have been both supportive and forthcoming with information and assistance," she added.
Langley RCMP are urgently seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. Anyone with information that might assist police is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200. Should you need to remain anonymous, please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).