Abbotsford, BC – Background: On July 4, 2017 just after 7:00 a.m. the Abbotsford Police Department attended a report of a suspicious death in the 33500 block of Braun Avenue. When police attended, a deceased male, identified as 62-year-old Clarence John Crothers, was located and had suffered injuries consistent with homicide. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called and took conduct.
Early in the investigation, police identified Abbotsford resident 50-year-old, Jeffrey Charles HALICKI as a suspect in connection to Mr. Crothers’ murder. While motive for the homicide and evidence collected cannot be spoken to, Mr Crothers and Mr. Halicki were known to each other and the murder was not believed to be random.
It has been a little over a month since Mr. Crothers was murdered, and in that a time a rigorous investigation has yielded in charge approval. Crown Counsel has approved a second degree murder charge against Mr. Halicki.
On August 11, 2017 Mr. Halicki was arrested for this alleged crime and remains in custody. Mr. Halicki will make his first appearance in Abbotsford Provincial Court today.
“Mr. Crothers is missed by his family and those who knew him.” Cpl. Meghan FOSTER of IHIT says, “The commitment and tireless efforts of IHIT investigators and the Abbotsford Police Department has resulted in securing this charge approval.”
-Statement from the Crothers family
Clarence Crothers lived a life that started with tragedy by losing his own father before birth, and growing up without a father figure. But he found his way on by becoming a fun loving and caring father despite the odds to his one and only child. Clarence found his solitude in construction which ultimately led to a spinal injury that over decades consumed him and left him wheelchair bound. But his heart, smile and personality to speak to anyone and everyone and be one’s advocate was a shining beacon of light that will never leave those that he has touched.
The family would like to thank the countless Abbotsford Police and IHIT investigators for their hard work and continued hard work on pursuing justice for Clarence. Their dedication and professionalism surrounding the case will not be forgotten.
Police File # 2017-928
BC Integrated Homicide Investigation Team