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No known motive despite charges approved in Marpole double killings

Last Updated Nov 9, 2017 at 7:17 am PDT

The Marpole home where Richard Jones and Dianna Mah-Jones were found on Wednesday, Sept 27, 2017. (Stephanie Froese, NEWS 1130)

A 25-year-old man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder

The bodies of the couple were discovered in late September

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite an arrest and charges approved, the motive behind a double homicide in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood over a month ago is still unknown.

Twenty-five-year-old Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam made his first court appearance on Tuesday after being charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

On September 27th, police were called to a home on 64th Avenue near Hudson Street to check on the well-being of two people and when they arrived they discovered the bodies of Dianna Mah-Jones, 65 and Richard Jones, 68. Mah-Jones was an occupational therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health.

The bodies of Dianna Mah-Jones and her husband were found in a home in Marpole. (Courtesy Vancouver Coastal Health)

Today, VPD Chief Constable Adam Palmer praised the force’s investigators for making the arrest. “We’ve had members working around the clock, seven days a week. In fact, more than 200 officers and civilian members have been working on this case from 15 different speciality units within the VPD.”

He also thanked the public for being patient while police conducted their investigation. “Our investigators received more than 100 sources of video and numerous tips. I want to acknowledge it can be frustrating for the public when weeks go by after a major crime occurs and a suspect is not arrested. Rest assured, that in cases like this, our teams are working diligently behind the scenes and around the clock. These investigations are challenging and they strain our resources and our people but know that our members are committed to doing what they need to do to find the suspect(s) and keep Vancouver safe.”

WATCH: Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer updates the Marpole investigation

The chief was pressed repeatedly on releasing more information about the accused, about what may have led to the crime and the connection between Nam Kam and the couple. “What we’re saying is we’re not clear if there was any relationship at all whatsoever.”

Police say Nam Kam, who lived not far from the crime scene, does not have a known criminal or mental health record and they provided background information on him. “He was born in Hong Kong. He immigrated to Canada with his family when he was a teenager. They settled in Calgary and he has been in Vancouver since July.”

They don’t know his employment history and weren’t aware if he was potentially linked to any other ongoing investigations.

The killings were the 14th and 15th homicides of 2017 in Vancouver and Palmer says the case is nowhere near over. “We still continue the investigation. Just because somebody is arrested doesn’t mean the case is concluded and the detectives… will still be working hard on this case and the investigation will continue.”

Police say it’s still possible the killings were random. “We have no information whatsoever to tie the victims to the accused. There is no connection whatsoever that we can find and as I said earlier, there is nothing negative or untoward in the backgrounds of the victims whatsoever. They were going up their lives, causing no trouble for anybody,” explains Palmer.

Nam Kam’s next court appearance will be on November 14th.

Anyone with more information about the deaths is asked to call the VPD at 604.717.2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477.