RCMP have confirmed murder charges laid last Friday against an Abbotsford man are tied to the 2006 death of 28 year old Kristy Morrey

She was found dead in her Beaver Creek home on August 20th of that year.

Larry Darling was arrested in Surrey, and is being held in custody, pending a court appearance on September 16th.

At the time of his arrest court records showed he was charged with a murder allegedly committed in Port Alberni on the same day Morrey’s body was found, but it wasn’t until a Tuesday news conference that RCMP confirmed the connection. RCMP also confirm Darling and Morrey knew each other.

For nine years, investigators across Vancouver Island with support from E Division Serious Crime Unit have worked tirelessly to determine what happened and who was responsible for Kristy’s death, says Inspector Chuck McDonald, officer in charge of E Division Serious Crime Unit.

Inspector Mac Richards is the commander of the Port Alberni RCMP.

I know Kristy’s family has been waiting for nine years for this day, when we could tell them the person responsible for her death, has been arrested. I can only hope that this news will bring some comfort to them as they move into a new phase of their healing journey, he says.