Teen’s killer has day parole extended for six months

A man who beat a hitchhiking teenager to death in 2000 before leaving the body in a ditch west of Kamloops will remain on day parole.

Vivien Morzuch, 15, was found dead near the entrance to Steelhead Provincial Park, near Savona, on July 31, 2000. 

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The teen had hitchhiked to B.C. from his home in Montreal, hoping to find seasonal work. 

Brian Townsend, now 69, met Morzuch at a Revelstoke gas station three days before his body was found. 

Vivien Morzuch's body was found near the entrance to Steelhead Provincial Park outside Savona on July 31, 2000. He was 15 when he was murdered. - Kamloops This Week

Townsend beat Morzuch with a baseball bat before binding him with duct tape, wrapping him in a sleeping bag and dumping him in the ditch.

Morzuch’s murder went unsolved for five years. 

Townsend was linked to the slaying by DNA in 2005. He was arrested in 2006 at the conclusion of an elaborate RCMP Mr. Big undercover sting, which culminated in Townsend confessing to a Mountie posing as a powerful gang leader.

Following his second-degree murder conviction in 2008, Townsend was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of full parole for 14 years.

Townsend was granted escorted leaves in 2016 and has been on day parole since late 2017, meaning he lives in a halfway house with occasional overnight leave priviliges.

According to Parole Board of Canada documents, Townsend has been labelled a low to moderate risk to reoffend violently and a moderate risk to reoffend generally while on conditional release.

The documents state Townsend’s drug tests have been negative and he is following the rules of his halfway house.

The board agreed to extend his day parole for another six-month term.

© Kamloops This Week


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