Police dog fails to pick up scent after brutal assault

The Times

Chilliwack RCMP are looking for clues to find a suspect wanted for a brutal assault during the afternoon of Dec. 23.

The incident happened sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. at a residence at the 44600 block of Casablanca Place. Emergency Health Services was called to the scene to help a 38-year-old Chilliwack woman. She had been attacked and was sent to hospital to be treated for serious, potentially life-threatening injuries.

Investigators called Police Dog Services to the residence, but they could not pick up a track of the suspect. As well, Forensic Identification Services was on hand to examine the scene and gather evidence.

Police say the victim in known to them, and they believe the assault could have links to the drug trade. The Chilliwack Serious Crime Unit is now looking into any potential links to narcotics and other investigational avenues. The investigation is active and ongoing.

Chilliwack RCMP are asking anyone with information about this incident to come forward.

"Given the time of day this incident occurred a number of people would have been out in the neighbourhood and awake in neighbouring residences," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lea-Anne Dunlop said in a news release. "Any information could prove to be very valuable in this investigation."

Anyone that witnessed suspicious people or vehicles in the area of the attack is asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $2,000 could be offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect. People can also provide Crime Stoppers tips on the Internet at www.chilliwackcrimestoppers.ca.

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