Dylan Koshman has been missing since the fall of 2008, and police only confirmed the case had been taken over by the Edmonton Police Service Homicide Unit at the end of March, 2017.

That change and renewed exposure for the case has renewed hope for Koshman’s family, who hope it helps investigators find out what happened to the young man.

Back on October 11, 2008, Koshman walked away from his home in the area of 104 Street and 33 Avenue – reports indicated Koshman had gotten into an argument with his roommates before they kicked him out.

In the years that followed, and up until 2014, police reported there was no evidence of anything suspicious in relation to the case.

Police confirmed Friday that Homicide Unit detectives had had been involved in the investigation since 2015.

“We’ve been providing direction, advice to Missing Persons Unit investigators, and we’ve also been re-interviewing some of the people involved,” Staff Sgt. Duane Hunter said Friday.

Koshman’s sister Tara said the development was a positive one.

“So this definitely is renewed hope that something is going to happen in his case,” Tara Koshman said.

The family said they heard news of the change from news reports, not through police.

“Tell the family first, our lives are not a TV show,” Koshman said.

Police said investigators from three units are now on the case: Homicide, Historical Homicide and Missing Persons, and they’re asking for tips anyone may have.

Police have set up a tip line for this specific case – 780-391-5444.

With files from Bill Fortier