Man charged with second-degree murder in 2017 killing of Abbotsford woman Chelsea Gauthier

A man has been charged with second-degree murder and indignity to human remains in relation to the 2017 killing of Abbotsford’s Chelsea Gauthier.

The Integrated Homicide investigation Team announced the development at a news conference Saturday. Gary Losch, who is in his 60s, was arrested Friday and remains in custody. Police said Saturday that Losch was known to them.

Investigators did not provide any details about the young woman’s killing but did say that Losch had hired Gauthier to work for him at a marijuana grow op shortly before she went missing.

Gauthier was 22 when she was last seen on the morning of July 27, 2017. She was in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Abbotsford, according to information provided by police at the time of her disappearance. Police did not say whether she was with anyone else. She was reported missing on July 30 and her body was discovered just over two weeks later in Mission.

Losch is next due in court on Sept. 16 in Abbotsford.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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