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Investigators still seeking public's help to solve North Van murder case
Investigators continue to search for clues in the brazen daytime murder of a respected member of the North Shore Iranian community in late November.
Rostam Poulad-Noshiravan, 69, was gunned down in his quiet Upper Lonsdale neighbourhood on Nov. 30, 2013, at around 1 p.m.
Minutes later, southbound traffic on both North Shore bridges was halted when police set up checkpoints as they hunted for a suspect.
Mounties say a grey or silver import-style car was spotted driving away from the crime scene.
But that vehicle has never been located and the search for the shooter continues.
A longtime resident of North Van, Poulad-Noshiravan sold tickets to Iranian cultural events and was a popular figure in the community.
Last week, Sgt. Bari Emam of the RCMP's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team told The Outlook by email that there have been no significant developments in the murder investigation.
Emam says Iranian media outlets have been helpful in broadcasting IHIT's appeals to the community for information but notes "we continue to ask those in the community to please come forward with information which can assist us in solving this murder."
On Dec. 12, Emam made a similar appeal, stating in a news release that "[Poulad-Noshiravan's] murder has left investigators with many questions and few answers to advance this case."
"Given the victim’s close ties to the Iranian community in the North Shore and rest of the Lower Mainland and the circumstances of the murder, we believe that someone within the Iranian community has the answers we are looking for," continued Sgt. Emam in the December release. "I ask anyone who has any information no matter how trivial to please contact us about this case. This was a senseless act and the victim’s family deserves to know why this happened.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip on their website at Solvecrime.ca