Accused in Serena Vermeersch murder to appear in Surrey court next month

SURREY – Raymond Lee Caissie, accused of murdering Surrey teenager Serena Vermeersch, will next appear in Surrey provincial court on Nov. 17.

A Surrey Search and Rescue team found the 17-year-old girl’s body on Sept. 16, near railway tracks in the 14600-block of 66th Avenue in Fleetwood. She’d been reported missing the day before.

Caissie, 43, was arrested the following week in Vancouver and is been charged with second-degree murder. He has spent most of his life behind bars for sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, robbery, theft, and other crimes.

The Corrections Branch put out a public notification bulletin on Caissie on June 14, 2013, revealing that the "high-risk sexual and violent offender" was "currently on bail supervision" and living in Surrey.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts predicted he would reoffend and expressed outrage that he’d been released into her community.

There is an interim 517(1) publication ban prohibiting the publication or broadcast of evidence heard in court.

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