Police have seized a vehicle sought in connection with the investigation into the slaying of Surrey, B.C., university student and aspiring actress Maple Batalia.
A late-model white Dodge Charger was seen on Simon Fraser University surveillance cameras leaving the area of Batalia’s slaying just after 1 a.m. PT on Sept. 28, when the 19-year-old was shot in the school’s parking lot. She died a short time later in hospital.
Authorities have seized the car, Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team told CBC News Thursday.
Pound would not say when the car — which she referred to as “the suspect vehicle” — was seized and would not say who the owner was, but said police have spoken to the person in whose name the car is registered.
There have been no arrests in connection with the slaying.
2 men in surveillance video sought
On Thursday police also announced they want to speak to two men who have shown up in surveillance video taken at SFU before Batalia was killed.
The two men are seen entering a building at the Simon Fraser University campus in Surrey just after 12 a.m. PT on Sept. 28, about an hour before Batalia was gunned down.
“These persons are not suspects in this crime, but may have information from before, during or after the crime that could possibly assist IHIT investigators." said Pound.
Batalia had been studying in the university’s library with friends and was alone and on the way to her car when the shots were fired.
“Maple died a tragic death and police are asking you to do your part in assisting with this investigation by forwarding any and all information you have,” said Pound, in an appeal to the two young men in the video.
“We are asking you work with us to ensure this doesn’t happen to any more innocent victims.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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