Family of John Hanna make public appeal

Burnaby, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

2022-07-13 14:55 PDT

File # 2009-6342

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is calling on the public to help further its ongoing investigation into the death of 25-year old, John Hanna.

Background: On July 16, 2009, at approximately 3:48 a.m., Burnaby RCMP responded to a report of gun shots and a vehicle fire in the area of Plum Avenue and Clinton Street, Burnaby. Upon arrival members located the body of a deceased male, later identified as John Hanna.

John Hanna smiling

Now, 13 years later, the investigation remains open and IHIT continues to monitor and investigate.

IHIT remains committed to seeking justice for the Hanna family and we continue to monitor the investigation and action all leads, says Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT.

Mr. Hanna’s family is appealing for the public’s help for information and has prepared the following statement:

It’s been 13 years since my son was killed and I am still waiting for answers, waiting for this case to be solved, waiting for closure. It’s been hard, my life has been on hold for 13 years. I can’t move on, I can’t sleep, work or do anything without thinking about him and wanting to find out what really happened to him. I feel paralyzed. My life has been upside down since he passed. I need help. I need closure. My family needs closure. We deserve to get closure. We are asking for help and for anyone that knows anything to come forward and help me get the closure I need to move on. Johnny would want me and our family to move on but not knowing what happened to him is what haunts me everyday. The pain and agony is something no mother should have to bear. From a mother of a murdered son, I need your help to solve this case. Big or small, all your tips can point us in the right direction.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at


Released by

Sgt. Timothy Pierotti

Media Relations Officer
Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6T3
Office: 778-290-5202


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