A body that was found in Mission on Aug. 16 has been identified as Chelsey Gauthier, a 22-year-old Abbotsford woman who hadn’t been seen since July 27, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said Friday.
Gauthier had been reported missing to the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) on July 30.
The APD searched the area near Dale Road and Sylvester Road on Aug. 16 and found the body; the cause of death was consistent with homicide, police said.
The investigation was later turned over to IHIT.
“From the evidence collected so far, investigators believe that Miss Gauthier’s death was not random,” IHIT Cpl. Frank Jang said in a news release.
“Investigators would like to speak with anyone who knew Miss Gauthier, or saw her around the time of her disappearance.”
A GoFundMe page that claimed to have been set up by her family said Gauthier was a mother of two, and that she left behind a “family that will never be the same.”
The fundraising page is seeking $5,000 to pay for her funeral costs.
Meanwhile, a YouTube user named Trucker Ray, who said he’s Chelsey’s father, posted a video Friday saying, “somebody did this to her and the police are working on it right now.”
“It was not an accidental thing, I’m just going to tell you that,” he said.
Trucker Ray went on to say that Chelsey’s mother has “taken this very hard,” and that his sister and mother are comforting her right now.
He said he found out about Chelsey’s death on Thursday, after going into a police station and hearing the news from detectives.
Trucker Ray blamed marijuana for her death, and said he would start a foundation regarding drug awareness in her name.
“It killed my daughter,” he said.
On Sunday, July 30, 2017, at 10:15 pm, 22-year-old Chelsea Lea GAUTHIER was reported missing to the Abbotsford Police Department. She was last seen on the morning of Thursday, July 27, 2017. GAUTHIER is known to frequent various locations in Central Abbotsford but to this point she has not been located. Chelsea has not been active on social media for several days. Her friends and family are very concerned.
GAUTHIER stands 5’8” tall and weighs 122 pounds. She has brown hair and eyes and has piercings on her lower lip and tongue. (See photo) Chelsea often carries a “Hello Kitty” purse.
Anyone with information about Chelsea Lea GAUTHIER should call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text APD at 222973 (abbypd).