Ar­rest made in 2009 Burn­aby mur­der

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Burn­aby: A sec­ond de­gree mur­der charge has now been laid against one man in a 2009 homi­cide in Burn­aby.

On the evening of Sun­day March 15, 2009 at about 7 p.m., the Burn­aby RCMP re­ceived a re­port of an un­con­scious woman found in­side a res­i­dence in the 6700-block of Col­borne Av­enue. Po­lice ar­rived to find 33-year-old Kim­berly Hall­garth dead in­side the home with sus­pi­cious in­juries and the In­te­grated Homi­cide In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (IHIT) was called in to take con­duct of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Af­ter nine years since Ms. Hall­garth’s death, IHIT de­tec­tives have gath­ered new ev­i­dence to sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vance the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. On Novem­ber 2, 2018, 32-year-old Joshua Bo­den was ar­rested by IHIT and the B.C. Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice has ap­proved a charge of sec­ond de­gree mur­der against Mr. Bo­den in re­la­tion to Ms. Hall­garth’s mur­der. “To­day’s out­come was the re­sult of the ex­cel­lent foun­da­tional work by in­ves­ti­ga­tors nine years ago, which con­tin­ued into the present day where we have met the high thresh­old to bring this file to a con­clu­sion re­sult­ing in charges now be­ing laid against Mr. Bo­den. We never wa­vered in our in­ves­tiga­tive ef­forts,” says In­spec­tor Dave Chauhan, Act­ing Of­fi­cer-in-charge of IHIT. “We are grate­ful for the sup­port we re­ceived from our many law en­force­ment part­ners through­out the Lower Main­land re­gion.”

“I want to thank IHIT in­ves­ti­ga­tors who worked dili­gently over th­ese nine years to se­cure a charge in the homi­cide of Ms. Hall­garth,” says Su­per­in­ten­dent Chuck Mcdon­ald, the op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer for Burn­aby de­tach­ment.

Mr. Bo­den will ap­pear be­fore a judge in B.C. Pro­vin­cial Court on Novem­ber 5, 2018. If any­one has in­for­ma­tion that could fur­ther this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, you are asked to please come for­ward to IHIT by call­ing the in­for­ma­tion line at 1-877551-IHIT (4448), or by email at ihit­info@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to re­main anony­mous, please con­tact Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Kim­berly Hall­garth’s Fam­ily State­ment First of all, we would like to thank all the mem­bers of IHIT’S Cold Case Team for all their hard work and re­lent­less ef­forts on this in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We have waited nearly 10 long years for this mo­ment and are re­lieved that clo­sure is in sight. Only we know the unimag­in­able grief that our fam­ily has been go­ing through and the toll it has taken on ev­ery fam­ily mem­ber. What we have been go­ing through is some­thing that no fam­ily should ever have to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Kim was a bub­bly and car­ing per­son who deeply loved be­ing the mother to Hai­ley and the void that her mur­der has left in our hearts can never be filled. She loved life and was al­ways able to make ev­ery­one around her laugh. For those of you who knew Kim, you know that she had a heart of gold and gen­uinely cared about every­body she was close to. We will al­ways re­mem­ber her in­fec­tious laugh. We rec­og­nize that noth­ing can bring Kim back. How­ever, we need and de­serve clo­sure and are glad to see this next step to­day. We strongly urge the ac­cused, his fam­ily, friends and ac­quain­tances who were or are aware of any de­tails re­lated to this in­ci­dent and with­held any in­for­ma­tion from the po­lice to come for­ward now and do the right thing. We un­der­stand the ac­cused and his fam­ily have also suf­fered from this sense­less act of vi­o­lence. We can only hope that the ac­cused will co­op­er­ate and help ev­ery­one in­volved move for­ward. We would also like to thank our ex­tended fam­ily and friends for their end­less love and sup­port through this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time.

At this time, we would like to ask the me­dia to please re­spect the pri­vacy of our fam­ily.

Kim­berly Hall­garth

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