First degree murder charge laid in Yarrow woman’s death

A 19-year-old man was scheduled to be in Chilliwack court Monday facing a murder charge following the death of a woman two weeks ago.

Facebook profile photo of Clay Warkentin

A 19-year-old man was scheduled to be in Chilliwack court Monday facing a murder charge following the death of a woman in Yarrow two weeks ago.

Clayton Jacob Warkentin has been charged with first degree murder in the death of the 51-year-old woman, the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team (IHIT) announced Sunday morning.

Warkentin was arrested without incident Friday evening, police said.

The victim and suspect are known to each other, an IHIT spokespers said.  The incidents leading up to this homicide appear to be domestic related however as this matter is now before the courts no further information will be released.

“Public safety was paramount in this investigation.  This is a situation where investigators working in partnership with UFVRD RCMP were able to put the pieces together and in just over one week obtain the grounds to make an arrest. “says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton.

Police had been called the home to check on the well-being of a woman living in the 42000 block of Yarrow Central Road during the early hours of Feb. 24.

An officer arrived and found her dead.

Watch for more information as it becomes available.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Column: Grade school students don’t have a voice during COVID pandemic

As adults weigh pros and cons of returning kids to school, is anyone asking kids what they think?

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Chilliwack Salvation Army to give away free laundry detergent and more at drive-thru event

They will be handing out Tide detergent, toothpaste and eggs to anyone who is in need

SLIDESHOW: Chilliwack firefighters battle large blaze at Rosedale chicken barn Friday

Majority of birds saved but buildings on Castleman Road destroyed by fire

Chilliwack Fair kicks off tonight with local talent

Todd Richard and Appaloosa to hit the stage for drive-in concert at fairgrounds

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Twister at the Chilliwack SPCA

Small animals like rats are one of the first to be surrendered and last to get adopted

Fraser Valley Bandits fall to Edmonton in CEBL final

Bandits lose 90-73 to Stingers in Sunday’s Summer Series final

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Fraser Valley Bandits advance to CEBL Championship Game

Bandits post comeback 76-75 win over Hamilton Honey Badgers in Saturday’s semifinal

IHIT on scene of suspicious early-morning fire on rural Mission property

Entrance to Gunn Avenue property cordoned off while investigation takes place, updates coming

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

FURTHER UPDATE: Body removed from Maple Ridge hotel after large police presence

A large contingent of Mounties were at the Art Infiniti Hotel Friday afternoon and evening

Most Read