Missing Indo-Canadian Woman From Surrey Turns Up Dead

On January 23, 2019, the family of 38-year-old Rajwinder Bains reported her missing to the Surrey RCMP and a missing person’s investigation was initiated. Investigators conducted extensive ground searches, spoke to multiple people, and conducted area canvassing for video surveillance. Bains was last seen leaving a TD Canada Trust bank in the 5600-block of 152 Street in Surrey at approximately 9:30 a.m. on January 7, 2019.    

By DESIBUZZCanada Staff

SURREY – A missing Indo-Canadian woman from Surrey who was reported missing last month, has turned up dead – and police are now investigating her death as murder.

“During the course of the investigation, Ms. Bains’ body was discovered and her death is now being investigated as a homicide,” the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said in a news release.

On January 23, 2019, the family of 38-year-old Rajwinder Bains reported her missing to the Surrey RCMP and a missing person’s investigation was initiated. Investigators conducted extensive ground searches, spoke to multiple people, and conducted area canvassing for video surveillance.

On Thursday, IHIT released a surveillance image of Bains at the TD Canada Trust bank on 152 Street and 56 Avenue. She was last seen leaving the bank at around 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 7.

IHIT is investigating her death with help from Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Team and the BC Coroners Service, but Cpl. Frank Jang said there is still much they don’t know.

He asked anyone with information that could help their case to come forward.

“IHIT is exploring all avenues of investigation into Ms. Bains’ death,” Jang said in a statement. “Detectives continue to pursue leads that may answer the many questions remaining.”

During the course of the investigation, Ms. Bains’ body was discovered and her death is now being investigated as a homicide.  IHIT has conduct of the investigation.

IHIT is working closely with its partners from the Surrey RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the B.C. Coroners Service to gather evidence.

“IHIT is exploring all avenues of investigation into Ms. Bains’ death,” says Corporal Frank Jang of IHIT.  “Detectives continue to pursue leads that may answer the many questions remaining and are urging anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

About the Author

DESIBUZZCanada
Raj Paul Dhillon is an award winning journalist based in Vancouver, Canada. He received his second National Best Editorial Award from the National Ethnic Media and Press Association of Canada, presented to him by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 21, 2010 in Toronto. Aside from an extensive writing/editing work with a number of newspapers and magazines (currently the editor of the South Asian LINK newspaper, the oldest South Asian newspaper in Canada), he has also done freelance writing for mainstream publications like The Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight newspapers. He holds a degree in Communications and in Film from Simon Fraser University.

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