Gene Lahrkamp (left) and John MacKenzie are No. 2 and 21 respectively on the top-25 list of Canada’s Most Wanted.

Gene Lahrkamp (left) and John MacKenzie are No. 2 and 21 respectively on the top-25 list of Canada’s Most Wanted.

Escaped murderer from Mission Institution is 1 of 2 B.C. men on Canada’s Most Wanted list

John Norman MacKenzie, 61, walked out of minimum-security unit in 2018

An escaped Mission Intitution inmate has made Crime Stoppers’ list of Canada’s 25 most-wanted fugitives, released Tuesday (April 26).

John Norman MacKenzie, 61, is No. 21 on the Be On the Lookout (BOLO) list.

He was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder and armed robbery, among other offences, when he was noticed missing from Mission Institution during a head count on Aug. 7, 2018. He is wanted for being unlawfully at large.

MacKenzie was being housed in the minimum-security unit.

Police announced in January 2020 that the BOLO program was offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to MacKenzie’s capture.

RCMP at the time said they believed MacKenzie might have left Canada.

The list of Canada’s Most Wanted can be viewed at boloprogram.org. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-855-448-8477 or report at solvecrime.ca.

A $100,000 award is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for the murder of an Abbotsford gangster in Thailand.

Gene Karl Lahrkamp, 36, is No. 2 on the BOLO list.

Lahrkamp of Trail, B.C. is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Jimi Sandhu, 32, at a beachside resort in Rawai, Phuket on Feb. 5.

Lahrkamp, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces from 2012 to 2018, was one of two men linked to Sandhu’s killing.

Police in Thailand reported that two men had jumped out of bushes and fired up to 20 shots at Sandhu as he got out of his vehicle.

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Police said the men left the scene and threw their weapons – two 9 mm handguns, a CZ and a Walther – into the sea, but the guns were later retrieved in shallow water with the use of a metal detector.

The pair had arrived in Thailand on Dec. 18 and left on Feb. 6, according to police. Investigators later identified them through CCTV footage and other evidence.

Lahrkamp’s co-accused, Matthew Leandre Ovide Dupre, 36, was arrested Feb. 20 in Edmonton.

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