A Richmond man who disappeared eight years ago today, and was rumoured to have had ties to gangs and drugs, was an innocent “pawn” who was kidnapped and murdered, police have announced.
Narinder (Ned) Mander, 28, was last seen leaving his Surrey business on Oct. 9, 2001, in the company of two men in a red Dodge minivan.
Soon after Ned Mander’s disappearance, his family posted a $50,000
reward for information leading to his whereabouts. That reward still
stands for information leading to his remains.
“There has been much speculation in the media about gang links, however Ned Mander was not involved in drugs or gang activity,” Shields said.
“The purpose of taking Ned was to force him to phone a friend who was in a car with 26-year-old Rick Bhatti in order to lure them to a Surrey Sikh temple,” he said.
When Bhatti arrived at the meeting place, he was shot to death. Police said Mander was likely murdered later that evening.
Shields said the announcement is bitter sweet for Mander’s family, which declined to speak with the media.
“They’re very relieved that we have come out publicly and cleared Ned’s name as being potentially involved with drugs and gang activity,” said Shields.
“This is another innocent person that was caught up in the crossfire of other peoples’ crimes.”
Shields said police have “credible information” there is someone out there who knows the location of Ned’s remains, and asked they come forward anonymously.