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

UPDATED: Police say man found in Yukon River near Fort Selkirk was murdered

Wilfred ‘Dickie’ Charlie, 57, was last seen near Carmacks June 19

Yukon RCMP say they’re investigating the death of Carmacks man as murder.

Police said July 10 Wilfred “Dickie” Charlie, 57, was last seen near his Carmacks home June 19, when, police believe, he fell into the river.

The B.C. Coroners Service conducted an autopsy in Vancouver July 7.

“Findings from the autopsy have resulted in Mr. Charlie’s death being deemed a homicide,” RCMP said in a news release July 10.

Charlie’s family and Carmacks residents had been looking for Charlie since he went missing, police said, while RCMP officers conducted searches by plane and boat.

The killing is the fifth murder in the territory since April.

Earlier this month, police charged Edward James Penner, 20, with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of 25-year-old Adam Cormack in Whitehorse last week.

Students at a learning camp near Fort Selkirk found the body in the Yukon River July 5.

Yukon RCMP confirmed a man’s body was spotted in the water around noon.

The eight students are part of a new field school program out of Yukon College’s Pelly Crossing campus that started June 12.

College spokesperson Michael Vernon said the program was supposed to wrap up July 7. Instead it ended two days early after the body was found.

“Some students and staff departed yesterday afternoon and the remaining staff and students are wrapping up the camp and departing today,” Vernon said July 6.

Vernon said “trauma services” from Pelly, Carmacks and the Yukon government were going to be available for the community and the students. He didn’t have any details regarding what specific services were being offered.

“We dispatched a support person yesterday evening and they’re in Pelly Crossing and Fort Selkirk today primarily to support staff and faculty at the camp but also to check in to see if their are further supports we can provide to the students.”

The field school included a moose hunt, wilderness first aid and GPS and traditional navigation. Students were also building a raft to travel from Fort Selkirk to Minto Landing.

The project is a collaboration between the college and Selkirk First Nation.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to contact their local RCMP detachment or to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersyukon.ca.

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

RCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Liberal leader Sandy Silver speaks outside his campaign headquarters in Dawson City following early poll results on April 12. (Robin Sharp/Yukon News)
BREAKING: Minority government results will wait on tie vote in Vuntut Gwitchin

The Yukon Party and the Liberal Party currently have secured the same amount of seats

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
YUKONOMIST: The Neapolitan election

Do you remember those old bricks of Neapolitan ice cream from birthday… Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Exposure notice issued for April 3 Air North flight

Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley has issued another… Continue reading

Crystal Schick/Yukon News file
Runners in the Yukon Arctic Ultra marathon race down the Yukon River near the Marwell industrial area in Whitehorse on Feb. 3, 2019.
Cold-weather exercise hard on the lungs

Amy Kenny Special to the Yukon News It might make you feel… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
This week at city hall

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its April 6 meeting.

lwtters
Today’s Mailbox: Rent freezes and the youth vote

Dear Editor, I read the article regarding the recommendations by the Yukon… Continue reading

Point-in-Time homeless count planned this month

Volunteers will count those in shelters, short-term housing and without shelter in a 24-hour period.

The Yukon’s new ATIPP Act came into effect on April 1. Yukoners can submit ATIPP requests online or at the Legislative Assembly building. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News file)
New ATIPP Act in effect as of April 1

The changes promise increased government transparency

A new conservancy in northern B.C. is adjacent to Mount Edziza Provincial Park. (Courtesy BC Parks)
Ice Mountain Lands near Telegraph Creek, B.C., granted conservancy protection

The conservancy is the first step in a multi-year Tahltan Stewardship Initiative

Yukon RCMP reported a child pornography-related arrest on April 1. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
Whitehorse man arrested on child pornography charges

The 43-year-old was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The postponed 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been rescheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
New dates set for Arctic Winter Games

Wood Buffalo, Alta. will host event Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2023

Victoria Gold Corp. has contributed $1 million to the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun after six months of production at the Eagle Gold Mine. (Submitted/Victoria Gold Corp.)
Victoria Gold contributes $1 million to First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun

Victoria Gold signed a Comprehensive Cooperation and Benefits Agreement in 2011

Most Read