IHIT Asks For Help In Ten Year Old Cold Case – Kellen McElwee

Burnaby/Surrey – Approximately ten years ago, Kellen McElwee went missing and foul play was suspected.  His remains have not yet been discovered.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) continues to investigate Mr. McElwee’s murder and needs anyone with information to come forward.

The family of Mr. McElwee is appealing for the public’s help to find his remains and to identify those responsible for his murder.

Kellen-McElwee – Photo Courtesy IHIT

Letter from the family of Kellen McElwee:

We remember Kellen’s childhood as being normal.  He was involved in hockey at a young age as well as baseball.  As a family, we moved from one event to another.  He was a good student all through school and excelled in mathematics.  He had the widest smile and the kindest heart.  He was very unassuming but he had his own opinions and stood up for his beliefs.  Kellen was a driven and passionate young man when he was faced with a challenge or a friend needed help.  He was just beginning a new chapter of his life teaching marketing skills and loved the interaction and the challenge his students presented.

Kellen did not have a criminal record.  We never thought he would disappear off the face of the world without a goodbye.  He did not act stressed or fearful for his life.  Kellen had many friends from different times in his life and never seemed to have any difficulties interacting with any of them. 

The last ten years have not been easy for our family.  Kellen would now have been 35 years old.  He might have married and he might have had children who we will never get to meet.  We would like to bring Kellen home.

At this time, we would like to ask for anyone who may have information about Kellen’s death to please contact IHIT.  Perhaps over the years you have heard rumours or stories about what happened to Kellen.  Perhaps you saw something on Facebook or another social media site about what happened to Kellen, but you thought the police must know about that so you never said anything.  We would be eternally grateful if you are able to provide the police with any information.  Please bear in mind no information is irrelevant and you may remain anonymous.  We are making this appeal particularly to those who knew Kellen and may have valuable information that can help the police solve his murder and find his remains.  Kellen’s presence will always remain with family and friends.  We hope this public plea will help bring Kellen and our family the justice he deserves.


Thank you.

-Paula and Len McElwee

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 by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

IHIT Media Release from Five Years ago

March 19, 2013

IHIT File: 2008-2344

Burnaby File: 2008-12989

Five years ago Kellen McElwee went missing. Investigators believed he met with foul play and on April 22, 2008 the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the file.

“Police have received many tips throughout the years but none that have led us to Kellen’s body, doing so remains our priority,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

Based on the information gathered to date, police have not been able to make any conclusive links to gangs, drugs or organized crime as being responsible for the disappearance of Kellen.

On April 2, 2008 Burnaby RCMP released photos of a male obtained through video footage from Kellen McElwee’s condo building. The male in the photos was wearing a winter jacket with a fur rimmed hood and carrying a DC brand backpack.

Today’s date marks the 5th anniversary since Kellen’s disappearance. His parents, Len and Paula McElwee, would like to address the media in hopes of reaching the public who have information on their son’s location.

Investigators would like to take this opportunity to ask those individuals that have intimate knowledge about this homicide to come forward.

“Five years is a very long time to hold on to this information and we know that lifestyles can change significantly in this period of time. With the change of lifestyle comes better decision making and choices. We are asking that you make the choice to come forward with information that will allow this family to feel at peace,” says Sgt. Jennifer Pound

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT TIP LINE at 1-877-551-4448 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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