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UPDATE: ‘No element of criminality’ in sudden death, say Chilliwack RCMP

Incident happened at Yale Road and Spadina Avenue; senior victim taken to hospital where he died


The Chilliwack Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) determined there was “no element of criminality” after a man who was in medical distress outside a church later died in hospital, RCMP stated in a press release on Dec. 12.

The SCU worked closely with the Coroners Service in the investigation. The day after the Dec. 4 incident, RCMP issued a press release looking for any witnesses who were in the area of Yale Road and Main Street at Spadina Avenue.

“The Chilliwack RCMP would like to thank the public for the information that was provided to assist in advancing the investigation.”

Original story (Dec. 5):

RCMP are investigating a sudden death in downtown Chilliwack and looking for witnesses.

Police were called the area of Yale Road and Spadina Avenue for reports of a man in medical distress just before 10 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 4), media relations officer Cpl. Carmen Kiener stated in an email to The Chilliwack Progress.

“The male was brought to the hospital and pronounced deceased.”

At least five officers, some with Chilliwack Serious Crimes Unit, were still on scene investigating around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The southeast side of Cheam View United Church was taped off.

Chilliwack RCMP are looking for witnesses and are asking the public to come forward if they have any information or happened to be in the area outside Cheam View United Church (Yale Road and Main Street at Spadina Avenue) between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Police describe the victim as a 60- to 70-year-old Caucasian man with long grey hair and a grey beard. He was wearing a black and grey jacket with black pants.

Anyone with information can contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611, or call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and quote file number 2023-50800.

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Jenna Hauck

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I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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