Feature Story                                                                                                    Thursday, July 10, 2014


IHIT Investigates Suspicious Death

Man's body found in First Ave home

Staff/Voice photos/UPDATED


Police close First Ave after a man's body was discovered Thursday.


hilliwack 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 investigation."

A 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 www.solvecrime.ca


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