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Chiefs group says teen was found dead in B.C. care home days after reported missing

BY , Sep 30, 2020 5:27 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

A police investigation into the group-home death of a British Columbia teen has wrapped up without criminal charges, but several Indigenous organizations say more must be done.

A statement from Abbotsford police says a group-home care worker reported the 17-year-old missing Sept. 15 and he was found dead three days later.

A release from the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says the teen was found in the closet of his bedroom at the Aboriginal Agency group home where he was last seen, and had been there the whole time.

The statement from First Nations leaders says troubling circumstances surrounded the death but the family's requests for a full investigation were not accepted and the death was deemed a suicide.

Abbotsford police say there was no indication that the teen was suicidal, or using drugs or alcohol when he was reported missing and the BC Coroners Service continues to handle the matter.

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs says an autopsy has now been ordered but the family remains skeptical about a thorough investigation.

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