RCMP identifies victim in St. Stephen, confirms death the result of homicide

St. Stephen – The New Brunswick RCMP’s Major Crime Unit is investigating the death of a 25-year-old man in St. Stephen as a homicide.  The victim has been identified as Christopher Hanley from St. Stephen. Police believe this to be an isolated incident and the investigation is ongoing.

On September 15, 2020, shortly before 3 a.m., members of the St. Stephen RCMP responded to a report of an unresponsive male at a residence on Ross Avenue in St. Stephen.

When police arrived on scene, they discovered Hanley’s body. An autopsy has been completed and Hanley’s death has been determined to have been a homicide.

“Early Tuesday morning, the racing community was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Chris Hanley,” said fellow racer James McDonald in a video posted on Facebook. “Chris was well respected on and off the track, and would lend a hand whenever and wherever he could.

“During these times of grievance, we have to remember we do not count the days, we make the days count.

“We will miss you, and race in peace.”

Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area between midnight and 4 a.m. on September 15, is asked to contact the Major Crime Unit at 1-888-506-RCMP (7267). Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca