UPDATE: Has Been Apprehended – Mental health patient missing from Chilliwack General Hospital once charged with murder

Midway RCMP in B.C. reported Wednesday (Feb. 8) that a 74-year-old Rosedale man who was wanted on a Form 21 Director’s Warrant under the B.C. Mental Health Act has been located.

In a news release Wednesday, Mounties said information was obtained that the subject was in Manitoba and headed to Saskatchewan. The subject, identified as Wilfred James Kilgren, was located in Saskatchewan and apprehended, with the assistance of members in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

During the apprehension, further offences were noted which may result in charges, RCMP said.

Police had been looking to bring Kilgren back into medical care after a Form 21 Director’s Warrant was issued by a medical physician on Friday, January 20.

The Form 21 Director’s Warrant, under the B.C. Mental Health Act, was issued after Kilgren failed to return to Chilliwack General Hospital.

Form 21, when completed, allows a director (or designate) to issue a form to recall a patient if an involuntary patient leaves the hospital without permission.

The purpose of the Form 21 Director’s Warrant is simply to allow the police to facilitate the person’s return into medical care, Midway RCMP wrote in a press release Friday (Feb. 3).

Kilgren apparently had a desire to travel to Saskatchewan and may have been traveling in a grey 2001 Toyota RAV4, with a B.C. license plate of SW807B, police said.

He was described as a Caucasian male, 5’10” tall, 181 pounds, with grey brown hair and hazel eyes.

Police had advised the public to not approach Kilgren and instead call 9-1-1 immediately.

A Rosedale man who was the subject of a mental health arrest warrant on Thursday (Feb. 2) has a history of firearms offences and was charged with two counts of second-degree murder near Terrace, B.C., 25 years ago.

This week, Midway RCMP issued a press release asking the public to help find 74-year-old Wilfred James Kilgren who is wanted on a Form 21 Director’s Warrant issued by a doctor on Jan. 20, 2023.

The purpose of this type of warrant is to allow police to legally arrest someone who was involuntarily admitted to hospital and who has absconded.

The warrant for Kilgren was issued after he failed to return to Chilliwack General Hospital.

Kilgren has a history of mental illness according to documents found online, and according to a former neighbour who asked not to be named.

Thirty-three years ago on March 15, 1990 in Terrace, Kilgren was charged with using a forged cheque with intent to purchase a rifle, but a provincial court judge found “on account of insanity, (he) was found unfit to stand his trial and was ordered to be kept in custody in the Forensic Psychiatric Institute,” according to an order in council on April 11, 1990.


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