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A GRIM OUTCOME – An RCMP officer is seen searching last month for Wilfred Charlie along the Yukon River near Carmacks. Charlie’s death has been deemed a homicide. Photo courtesy RCMP

Man’s disappearance had spurred intense search

The death of a man whose body was found near Fort Selkirk last Wednesday is being investigated as a homicide.

By Emily Blake on July 11, 2017

The death of a man whose body was found near Fort Selkirk last Wednesday is being investigated as a homicide.

Yukon RCMP have identified the man as Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie, 57, who had been reported missing in Carmacks on June 19. Charlie was a member of the Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation.

He was last seen near his home at around 3:00 that morning, and was believed to have fallen in the Yukon River.

Findings from an autopsy performed at Vancouver General Hospital last Friday resulted in his death being deemed a homicide.

Following Charlie’s disappearance, an extensive ground and water search was conducted by RCMP officers, Police Dog Service and Yukon Search and Rescue.

This included officers searching the river by boat daily and aerial searches by helicopter every second day.

Charlie’s family and friends and community members also assisted in the search over the last three weeks.

Charlie’s body was discovered at around noon last Wednesday by Yukon College staff and students at the Huchá Hudän Field School.

Michael Vernon, a spokesperson for the college, told the Star a decision was made to end camp two days early.

As well, trauma services from Pelly Crossing, Carmacks and the Yukon government were made available to assist students in the community.

Police say the investigation into Charlie’s murder is ongoing.

They ask anyone with information to contact their local RCMP detachment.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersyukon.ca.

Charlie’s death marks the fifth homicide in the territory since April and the ninth over the past year.

Last week, RCMP charged Edward James Penner, 20, with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Adam Cormack, 25.

Cormack’s body was found June 28 north of the Old Alaska Highway, west of Whitehorse.

“Adam lived a fast life filled with adventure and love. He loved fishing, hunting, family and the great outdoors,” reads an obituary for Cormack.

“Adam was a young loving soul still trying to figure out the ways of life and was taken too soon.”

The murder of Greg Dawson, 45, remains under investigation. His body was found April 6 at a home in Riverdale.

Also under investigation is the double-homicide of Wendy Carlick, 51, and Sarah MacIntosh, 53. The two women were found dead April 19 at MacIntosh’s home in the McIntyre subdivision.

Hundreds of community members gathered April 26 in the subdivision to honour the lives of the three late Whitehorse residents.

Family members and friends shared stories, songs and prayers for their lost loved ones. They also adorned the steps and front of MacIntosh’s home with flowers and signs.

“This is not a time of celebration, this is a time of memory, a statement to show our strength as a First Nation. Let us do this with great pride despite all things in front of us we keep looking forward,” Kwanlin Dün councillor Sean Smith told the crowd before leading the procession.

Also in remembrance was Allan Waugh, 69, who was found murdered in his home in the subdivision in May 2014.

Thoughts also went to Angel Carlick, 19, who had been reported missing in May 2007. Her body was found six months later in a forested area near the Pilot Mountain subdivision. Both cases remain unsolved.

As depicted in the Star last week, a mural is being painted on the wall of the Staples store in downtown Whitehorse to honour Angel Carlick. It’s being done by members of the Youth Today Society’s Celebrating Media Arts Program.

Also still under investigation is the October 2016 shooting death of Matthew Devellano, 32, in the Porter Creek subdivision.

RCMP located the vehicle that was spotted leaving the scene of the homicide and executed a search warrant for a home in the Baranov neighbourhood.

No arrests have been made in connection with the case.

There are four other cases before the Yukon courts where accused persons stand charged with murder.

Darryl Sheepway, 38, is set to stand trial Nov. 6 for the murder of Christopher Brisson, 25.

Brisson had been reported missing for three days before his body was found near Miles Canyon on Sept. 1, 2015.

In March, Sheepway sought to plead guilty to manslaughter, but the Crown would not accept a plea to a lesser charge.

Tristan Joe, 31, has been charged in connection with the November 2016 murder of Raine Andrew Silas, 18, in Pelly Crossing.

Alfred Thomas Chief Jr., 31, stands accused of the murder of Olsen Wolftail, 87, at a Watson Lake residence in December 2016.

And Travis Dennis, 22, was charged with second-degree murder and committing an indecent act on a body in the death of Andy Giraudel, 36.

Giraudel’s remains were found July 16, 2016 near Watson Lake.

Comments (3)

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john henry on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

I hear these killers are still walking the community. What's the band doing about it, are they self gov. or not?

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Troubling Times on Jul 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm

To the friends and families of these individuals and to the staff and students of Yukon College, I'm so sorry for the impact that this has had and will have on you all. The number of murders in recent history is disturbing and while some may be related to lifestyle, taking a life is never an acceptable option. I hope the responsible parties are found and dealt with appropriately.

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Josey Wales on Jul 12, 2017 at 7:54 am

I say we hit a bakers dozen before fall.
If it was not for all the mountains....I'd swear I lived in SK.

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