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Murder charges laid

First-degree murder charges have been laid against a B.C. teen in the death of a 51-year-old Chilliwack woman.

Fraser Valley RCMP were called to a residence in the 42000 block of Yarrow Central Road in the early morning hours of February 24, 2016.  

“Police gained entry to the residence, where they found one woman deceased as a result of suspicious circumstances,” says Sgt. Stephanie Ashton

“The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of this investigation.”

Just after 10:30 p.m. on March 4, 19-year-old Clayton Jacob Warkentin was arrested without incident for first-degree murder.

Ashton says the victim and suspect are known to each other and the incidents leading up to this homicide appear to be domestic related.

“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,” adds Ashton.

Warkentin remains in custody and will appear in Chilliwack court on Monday.



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