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Man wanted for 1st-degree murder of missing Markham couple

Last Updated Sep 28, 2021 at 5:40 pm EDT

A Markham couple has been missing since Sept. 18 and police are asking for the public's help in locating them. HANDOUT/York Regional Police

York Regional Police have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for a 35-year-old man in connection with the disappearance of a Markham couple.

Investigators now say the husband and wife, missing since Sept. 18, are believed to have been murdered in a targeted attack in Vaughan.

Investigators say they’re actively working on recovering the bodies.

Phuong Tan Nguyen of Toronto is wanted on two charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Quoc Tran, 37, and Kristy Nguyen, 25. Police say there is currently no information to suggest the suspect is related to one of the victims.

York Police also released photos of a vehicle of interest believed to be associated with the double homicide.

Anyone that might have seen this particular vehicle around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Zenway Boulevard area near Highway 27 and Highway 7, is asked to come forward. Police say they have information that connects the couple to the address at around 5:30 p.m. that same day.

Investigators say the suspect, described as five-feet-nine and around 180 pounds, is considered armed and dangerous. They believe he has left the GTA and if spotted, witnesses are urged to contact police immediately.

“He is encouraged to seek legal counsel and turn himself in. Investigators are reminding the public that anyone who is, or has, assisted the suspect may be subject to criminal charges,” York Police said in a news release.

 

Phuong Tan Nguyen, 35, of Toronto is wanted for the first-degree murder of a couple from Markham. HANDOUT/York Regional Police