Charles Henry Klose, 58, was the victim of a homicide in the downtown Chilliwack area on June 6, 2020. (IHIT)

UPDATE: IHIT investigating homicide of 58-year-old Abbotsford man in Chilliwack

Mounties do not believe the killing is related to the ongoing gang conflict in the Lower Mainland

A 58-year-old man was the victim of a homicide late Saturday night in the downtown Chilliwack area.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is asking for public assistance to help its investigation into the death of Charles Henry Klose, a man described as being “transient.”

On June 6 at 11 p.m., police were called to the 46000-block of Yale Road in Chilliwack after a member of the public came across a body at the back of the Scotiabank parking lot. The victim, identified as Klose, had wounds indicative of homicide and IHIT was called in to investigate.

• READ MORE: Body found in downtown Chilliwack, RCMP investigating

IHIT is working with the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment of the RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service on the case.

“What we know of Charles so far is that he led a transient lifestyle and was known to frequent the downtown Chilliwack area,” according to IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Frank Jang. “We believe many knew him in that community. We do not believe this incident is related to the ongoing Lower Mainland gang conflict.”

Klose had been living in Abbotsford for the last two-and-a-half years with a family as part of the John Howard HomeShare program, which is a supported living option for adults with developmental disabilities.

Klose was seen near Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford at around noon on Saturday. He took the bus from the Bourquin Exchange to Chilliwack to visit friends, according to someone he lived with.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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