Police suspect foul play after man found dead in Burnaby Monday morning

Police are investigating Joseph Morrissey's death as a possible homicide. IHIT

Detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Burnaby Monday morning.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says Joseph Vincent Morrissey, 51, was found dead in the 6700-block of 4th Street around 7:20 a.m.

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Police say the Vancouver man had “injuries consistent with foul play,” and that the death is believed to be connected to the drug trade.

“We don’t believe Joseph Morrissey’s death was random,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang in a media release.

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“We are appealing to those who knew Mr. Morrissey to help us answer the key questions of who was he meeting with and what he was doing prior to his death.”

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Police are also looking for any dashcam video shot between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7:20 a.m. in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), by email at, or to contact Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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