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NEWS RELEASE · 2nd February 2011
Burns Lake RCMP
North District Major Crime Unit, in assistance to the Burns Lake RCMP, investigated the death of 17 year old teenage girl, Chassidy Charlie.

On Wednesday January 26th, 2011 at approximately 3:45 pm Burns Lake RCMP responded to a call of an unconscious 17 year old female at a home on Uncha Mountain Road. Upon arrival police determined that the female was deceased. The scene was cordoned off and the forensic identification section was called in. A thorough examination of the scene is got underway.

The BC Coroner Service was called and attended the site. A forensic autopsy was ordered to assist in determining the exact cause of the death. Investigators continued working to determine the circumstances around her death.

An autopsy done on Monday, January 31st determined the cause of death, and this is now a homicide investigation. The cause of death is not being released at this time. A full examination of the scene has now concluded and investigators released the property late in the day yesterday. Resources including forensic specialists, North District Major Crime investigators and members of the Burns Lake RCMP are involved in this priority investigation.

“Our investigation is progressing and we believe this to be an isolated incident, not a random act.” states Sgt. Rob Vermeulen. “We are also continuing our support to the family and Cheslatta Carrier Nation through this difficult time.”

Investigators are continuing their efforts to solve this case and provide some answers to Chassidy’s grieving family.

No further information about the investigation is being released at this time.

“This file is a priority for us and our investigators are working very hard to move the investigation forward. We have a duty to the victim and her family to bring the person or persons responsible to justice” says Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, spokesperson for the RCMP in B.C.