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UPDATE: Attempted grave robbery at Skway First Nation cemetery in Chilliwack

Chilliwack RCMP are looking for thieves who attempted to steal jewelry and family heirlooms from a grave site at the Shxwha:y Village Cemetery on Chilliwack Mountain Road. - Paul J. Henderson
Chilliwack RCMP are looking for thieves who attempted to steal jewelry and family heirlooms from a grave site at the Shxwha:y Village Cemetery on Chilliwack Mountain Road.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Chilliwack RCMP are looking for thieves who tried to dig up a grave site last week at a small cemetery on Skway First Nation reserve land.

On April 20, family members attended the Shxwha:y Village Cemetary on Chilliwack Mountain Road to find the grave site of a deceased family member had been partially dug up.

The coffin, which had been there for 20 years, was cemented closed so was not entered. Several shovels were left at the scene.

It is believed that jewelry and other family heirlooms buried with the deceased may have been the target of thieves.

"This is a disturbing occurrence,” said Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen. “ We are taking this very seriously. The cemetery is located in a rural and remote area so we are asking the assistance of the general public in solving this.”

The cemetery is on a remote and rural area of Chilliwack Mountain and contains a few dozen graves.

Police believe the grave may have been dug up several days prior to April 20.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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