Carmacks, Yukon – The body recovered by Pelly Crossing RCMP near Fort Selkirk on July 5th has been confirmed to be that of a 57-year-old man who went missing from Carmacks on June 19th.
Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie was last seen near his home in the Carmacks area around 3:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19th. He was believed to have fallen into the Yukon River.
An extensive ground search was conducted by Yukon RCMP officers, Police Dog Service, and Yukon Search and Rescue in the days following his disappearance.
RCMP officers searched the Yukon River by boat on a daily basis. Aerial searches were conducted by helicopter every second day.
Mr. Charlie’s family and many members of the community were also out searching for him over the past three weeks.
Efforts to locate Mr. Charlie continued until July 5th, when Mr. Charlie’s body was spotted in the Yukon River by a group of civilians in the Fort Selkirk area.
An autopsy was performed on Mr. Charlie’s body at Vancouver General Hospital on Friday, July 7th. Findings from the autopsy have resulted in Mr. Charlie’s death being deemed a homicide.
Members of the Yukon RCMP Major Crime Unit have been involved in this investigation since the early stages.
Their investigation is continuing.
If you have information on the circumstances surrounding Mr. Charlie’s death, please contact your local RCMP detachment.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or submit tips and information online at http://www.crimestoppersyukon.ca.