Second person charged in Ryan Saint Ange murder

Robert Adam Van Dusen of Aldergrove faces second-degree murder charge in connection to Abbotsford's first homicide of the year.

Ryan Saint Ange

Ryan Saint Ange

A second person has been charged in connection with the murder of Ryan Saint Ange of Abbotsford.

Robert Adam Van Dusen, 26, of Aldergrove was arrested Thursday and has now been charged with second-degree murder.

His arrest follows that of Shayne Steven Vauthrin, 26, of Abbotsford who turned himself in to police and was charged with second-degree murder last Monday.

Cpl. Adam MacIntosh, acting spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), said the two suspects are known to each other, and the incident was not a random attack.

He said no further suspects are believed to be involved in Saint Ange’s death.

“The quick action and diligent work of the IHIT investigators has resulted in the arrest of two individuals in connection to the January homicide, helping the family move closer to finding closure.”

Neither suspect has a prior criminal record.

Saint Ange, 21, was found dead just after midnight on Jan. 14 by a friend who had dropped by to visit him at his home in the 27700 block of 56 Avenue.

Although others lived in the home, nobody else was there when the friend arrived.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has not released the cause of death nor the circumstances leading up to it.

IHIT conducted a search of a home and property in the 27800 block of Huntingdon Road on Jan. 28 in relation to the investigation, but it is not known what evidence might have been discovered.

Van Dusen is slated to appear in court today (Monday). Vauthrin’s next appearance is on Thursday.

This was Abbotsford’s first murder of the year. No arrests have yet been made in the second one, in which the body of 31-year-old Jimmy Chau of Edmonton was found Feb. 19 in a field on Farmer Road.