Thursday, July 10, 2014
found in First Ave home
Police close First Ave after a man's body was discovered Thursday.
RCMP closed the 46700 block of First Ave at Coote St. and put a home
behind police tape just after 4 a.m. Thursday after reports a man's
body had been found inside.
RCMP spokesperson Cst. Tracy Wolbeck confirmed later in a release
that a man's body had been found and that the case had been turned
over the to the RCMP Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT).
"Upon initial assessment of the scene by members of the Chilliwack
RCMP, it was determined that this death was suspicious," said
Wolbeck. "IHIT has been contacted to take conduct of this
neighbour across the street told the Voice that a couple in
their 30's lived in the well-kept home which sits behind a row of tall cedar
hedges and rose bushes at the corner of Coote.
"I didn't know them, they
kept to themselves pretty much," he said.
Police widened their search
for evidence to the blocks in the surrounding area later in the day.
On Friday, police identified
the victim as Chilliwack resident 31-year-old Harjit
(Stefan) Singh Kondolay.
IHIT's Sergeant Bari Emam confirmed IHIT was working on the case.
“Our investigators are working with members of the Chilliwack RCMP
and will examine the scene in an attempt to determine what took
place," said EMAM in a release Thursday. "We are in the initial
hours of the investigation and many details surrounding this death
are not known at this time.“
Police did not indicate if
the death was gang-related.
IHIT is asking anyone who was in the area of 46700 block of First
Avenue in Chilliwack last night, or in the early morning hours on
Thursday, who may have witnessed anything suspicious in relation to
this incident, to call the IHIT Tipline at 1-877-551-4448 by email
here. If you wish to
remain anonymous you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or
leave a tip on their website at
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