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IHIT identifies homeless man as homicide victim

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A homeless man has been identified as the person found dead on the banks of the Fraser River near Sapperton Landing Park on Saturday.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the case because foul play has been determined as a factor in the death.

IHIT identified the victim as Christian Klatt, 36, of no fixed address. His family has been notified. A release said Klatt was living in a makeshift camp on private property at the foot of Cumberland Street in New Westminster where he was discovered Aug. 16 about 6:45 p.m.

IHIT will continue to work with New Westminster police on the case. A motive has yet to be confirmed, said IHIT.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the homicide to call the IHIT tipline at 1-877-51-4448 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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