Dillon Brown

Sayward suspicious death updgraded to homicide

Police have released the name of the victim in a suspicious death in Sayward last week and they are upgrading the case to a homicide.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) in partnership with the BC Coroners Service and the Campbell River and Sayward RCMP, continue to investigate the death of John Dillon Brown, 30, of Saanich, Cpl. Janelle Shoihet “E” Division Media Relations Officer said in a press release today.

Brown was last seen leaving a residence in Campbell River at approximately, 1 p.m. on Friday, March 11 driving a 2009 Grey Honda Accord bearing B.C. license plate BR126G. Brown’s body was discovered just before 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 in his vehicle parked near the west side of the one way bridge into Sayward.

An autopsy earlier this week, assisted in determining Brown’s death to be a homicide. Investigators believe Brown died as a result of a targeted attack, and the public are not at risk.

VIIMCU investigators want to speak to anyone who may have seen the victim or his vehicle, between 1 p.m. on Friday March 11 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Photos and video images may greatly assist.

If you have information about this crime, contact one of the following and cite VIIMCU File 2016-1315:

  • Sayward RCMP at 250-282-5522,
  • Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221,
  • Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), Text Crimes (274637) or on online.

Meanwhile a gofundme page has been set up to help Brown’s widow and small children. On the page it seays, “Dillon Brown was a compassionate and dedicated father of 2, his love for his children and his wife was undeniable. Nicole is an amazing, beautiful, hard working, young mother of two, and her strength and determination is beyond admirable. Not only is this unexpected tragic news too much for one person to emotionally/physically/mentally handle, but now she has just been informed that she is also pregnant with his child.”

Brown was a MMA fighter who went by the name of Tomahawk and last fought in 2014.

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