Charges laid in Ryan Saint Ange murder

Shayne Steven Vauthrin, 26, turns himself in to police.

Ryan Saint Ange

Ryan Saint Ange

A charge of second-degree murder has been laid in connection with the death of Ryan Saint Ange of Abbotsford.

Charges were sworn Monday in Abbotsford provincial court against Shayne Steven Vauthrin, 26. Sgt. Jennifer Pound, spokesperson for the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), said Vauthrin was  identified as a person of interest, and he turned himself in on Sunday after investigators contacted him.

Pound would not release any further details, including how he knew the victim.

According to the provincial court database, Vauthrin has no previous criminal charges or convictions. His only entry is for a speeding ticket in Manning Park in 2008.

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, but has said that drugs and/or gangs were not connected to the murder.

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.

It is also not know what connection, if any, that Vauthrin had to the property.

He is currently in custody and next appears in court this Friday.