Police seize suspect car in Batalia murder

Investigators now have white Dodge Charger spotted leaving the scene of student's slaying

Police say they have seized a white Dodge Charger like the one depicted in this stock image that is considered the suspect vehicle in the Sept. 28 murder of Maple Batalia.

Police have seized a car investigators think was driven by the killer of SFU student Maple Batalia.

The late model white Dodge Charger was captured on surveillance cameras leaving the scene of the young student’s murder just after 1 a.m. Sept. 28.

Batalia, an aspiring actress and model who planned to go to medical school, was shot in the parkade near SFU’s Surrey campus and died a short time later in hospital.Video surveillance image showing white Charger

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) disclosed the seizure of the suspect vehicle Friday, one day after police released a video that shows two potential witnesses they want to interview.

The two men entered a building at SFU just after midnight, about an hour before Batalia was shot. She was walking alone to her car after studying in the university’s library with friends.

Investigators say they have spoken to the registered owner of the car but would not say who that is or when the car was seized.

They also want to speak to anyone else who may have seen the white Charger that night.

No arrests have been made.

If you have information you can contact the IHIT tiplines by calling 1-877-551-4448(IHIT) or email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to Solvecrime.ca

– with files from CBC

 

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