Man charged in connection to murder of Surrey teen Serena Vermeesch

SURREY — A man has been charged in connection to the murder of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch.

According to the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, as of Sunday (Sept. 21) a man was facing charges in connection to the death of the Surrey teen, who was found dead Tuesday in Newton.

The man cannot be named due to a publication ban and earlier in this weekend IHIT announced they were no longer seeking a grey Dodge pickup truck that was seen leaving the area the day Vermeersch’s body was found.

Vermeersch’s body was found Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. by Search and Rescue in the 14600-block of 66th Avenue of Surrey, near the railway tracks. She had been reported missing the day before by her family after she failed to come home.

Police previously said they suspected Vermeersch’s murder was a random attack that occured in an area close to the teen’s home and just eight blocks away from an RCMP detachment. 

IHIT will release more details at a press conference that will be held Monday (Sept. 23) morning at 10 a.m.

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