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Updated: IHIT responds to suspicious death near Egmont

A 58-year-old man was located with serious injuries on Sept. 23. RCMP says all evidence to date suggests a targeted incident.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating the death of a 58-year-old man found on Sept. 23 on the Sunshine Coast

Henry Doyle of Vancouver, who had recreational property on the Sunshine Coast, has been identified as the victim to help IHIT’s investigation. 

“We’re looking to speak with anyone who was in the area of Klein Lake on September 23,” Sergeant Timothy Pierotti of IHIT said in a press release. “If you saw Mr. Doyle, or anything suspicious in the area, we ask that you please contact IHIT.”

Doyle was located with serious injuries on the Klein Lake Forest Service Road near Egmont, said the press release. Despite emergency first aid on the scene, the man died. The dirt bike, which Doyle used to travel to the area, was found near his body. The RCMP were first called to the scene at approximately 8:45 p.m., Pierotti said in a follow-up email.

The BC Coroners Service has been consulted, and Doyle’s death is considered to be suspicious in nature, a Sept. 26 press release states. IHIT is working with the Sunshine Coast RCMP, BC Coroners Service and Integrated Forensic Identification Section on the investigation. 

IHIT is not providing further details regarding Doyle's injuries at this time "for investigational purposes," Pierotti said. Asked if there was a danger to the public, Pierotti said that, "All evidence to date, suggests that this was a targeted incident and not a random attack." 

Doyle had a recreational property on the Sunshine Coast, Pierotti said.

Doyle was the president and founder of Heaps & Doyle Company, which offers career assistance to dentists. He was also the president and chair of the board of directors of the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC) since 2021. 

“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Henry Doyle, the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC),” the DIAC board of directors and management team shared in a statement about Doyle’s death on its website on Sept. 27. 

“Henry was an esteemed leader in the Canadian dental industry and his death is a great loss to all who knew him. As President of DIAC, he led the Association with passion and integrity. 

“On behalf of our members and the Canadian dental industry as a whole, we offer our deepest sympathies to Henry’s family and friends. He will be truly missed.”

IHIT is looking for any witnesses or anyone who travelled in the area of Klein Lake to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]