A Carmacks RCMP officer searches the Yukon River by boat for Wilfred Charlie on June 26. (Handout/RCMP)

Yukon RCMP make arrest in connection with Carmacks man’s killing

27-year-old Tyler Aaron Skookum of Carmacks arrested in Whitehorse

RCMP say they have arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the June death of Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie near Carmacks.

In a news release, police said they arrested 27-year-old Tyler Aaron Skookum in Whitehorse on Sept. 28 around 11:30 a.m. Skookum faces a charge of second degree murder and was set to make his first court appearance on Sept. 29.

Charlie, 57, was last seen near his Carmacks home Jun. 19, when, police believe, he fell into the river. Students at a learning camp near Fort Selkirk found the body in the Yukon River Jul. 5.

The British Columbia Coroners Service conducted an autopsy in Vancouver Jul.7 and deemed Charlie’s death a homicide.

Contact Chris Windeyer at editor@yukon-news.com

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