Published August 16, 2012 | 4:11 pm
Vancouver: Claiming to crack an unsolved 13 years old murder mystery,Provincial Unsolved Homicide Unit have arrested a 45 year old man in relation to the 2000 death of 48 year old Sandy Charlie near Lytton of British Columbia.
On January 20, 2000 friends and family of Charlie, a member of Lytton First Nation band, reported that he had not been seen since late December 1999. The family had waited until January 20th, Charlie’s birthday, hoping that he would return or contact them. An extensive local search by the Lytton RCMP Detachment and volunteers was conducted but to no avail. In September 2011, human remains were located in the Lytton area, in a concealed make shift grave. Investigators determined forensically that it was Charlie.
Another tragedy had struck the family after a body was located on the Fraser River near Lytton in March 2000. The deceased was identified as Sandy Nolan Harry Cleghorn, Sandy Charlie’s son, who went missing and later died while looking for his father.
The accused William Robert Smith, 45, has been arrested without incident in Langley, British Columbia and has been charged with the manslaughter of Sandy Charlie.