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Police say they've found no motive for murders of Marpole couple

Patrick Johnston, Postmedia Network

Dianna Mah-Jones, 65, and Richard Jones, 68, were found dead in their Marpole home on Sept. 27 (PNG)

Dianna Mah-Jones, 65, and Richard Jones, 68, were found dead in their Marpole home on Sept. 27 (PNG)

Investigators say they've yet to uncover the motive for the murder of a Marpole couple in September.

Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam, 25, was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Richard Jones and Dianna Mah-Jones.

"We haven't found clear links," between Kam and the Joneses, Vancouver police chief Adam Palmer said at a Tuesday news conference.

Palmer said Kam was originally born in Hong Kong and moved with his family while he was a teenager to Calgary.

Kam had moved to Vancouver in July and had been staying at a home not far from the Joneses. He didn't appear to have family in the area nor was he employed.

Even after police interviewed people who lived in the neighbourhood, it wasn't clear that the Jones had ever encountered Kam before.

"Good old-fashioned police work" led to police identifying Kam as a suspect, Palmer said.

Palmer said Kam didn't have a criminal record nor did he have any documented mental health issues.

The Jones did list their home for short-term rentals on Airbnb, but Palmer said he wasn't aware of there being any connection to Kam there either.

After several appeals to the public for information, the police received more than 100 videos and "numerous" other tips, Palmer said. He made a special point to thank the community for their assistance.

Mah-Jones was an occupational therapist with Vancouver Coastal Health. In 2015, she was named the Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists B.C. In June, she was honoured as the VCH and Provincial Health Care Hero at the annual B.C. Health Care Awards.

Palmer called the couple "upstanding people."

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