THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) on Wednesday announced that the dead male victim found in the 33000-block of Braun Avenue in Abbotsford on Tuesday (July 4) is 62-year-old Clarence John Crothers, who was a resident of Abbotsford.
On July 4, just before 7:15 a.m., the Abbotsford Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious death in that area and located Crothers who had sustained injuries consistent with homicide. IHIT was called in.
IHOT said the next of kin had been located and notified. Crothers was last spoken with at home on July 3 at 10 p.m.
IHIT is working with the APD and the BC Coroner’s Service to establish what events led up to the homicide. Investigators will remain in the neighbourhood as they conduct area canvassing. Currently, the risk to the public, if any, is unknown.
“It remains early in the investigation, and police are working tirelessly to determine the motive for this tragic death,” IHIT Cpl. Meghan Foster said. “Mr. Crothers was not known to police, and a priority of our investigation is to speak with anyone who knew him.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact CrimeStoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).