RCMP say Shestalo was found dead. He took his own life.
THE Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said on Saturday that they have located the Jeep YJ associated to Eric Shestalo, suspect in the July 21st, 2022, double homicide in Chilliwack.
On Thursday, July 21 at 11 a.m., the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment RCMP (UFVRD) responded to a report of two women and a man suffering from gunshot wounds at a residence in the 9700-block of McNaught Drive in Chilliwack. The two women succumbed to their injuries, while the man was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
IHIT took conduct of the investigation and identified the suspect as 50-year-old Eric John Shestalo. Efforts are ongoing to determine his whereabouts. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Shestalo was last scene driving a red 1990 Jeep YJ. On the morning of Friday, July 22, the Jeep was located in the area of Bridal Falls, east of Chilliwack.
IHIT members along with members of the UFVRD Chilliwack Detachment, the Integrated Emergency Response Team (IERT), RCMP Air One, the Integrated Police Dog Services (IPDS) and the LMD Integrated Tactical Support Group continue to conducted an intensive search for Shestalo, who has not yet been located. IHIT is asking the public to avoid the area as the search will continue throughout the day.
IHIT is urging the public to use caution and not approach Shestalo and to contact 9-1-1 immediately if he is seen. Shestalo is described as white, 5’9”, and 176 pounds, and was last seen wearing black pants, black jacket and a black hat with orange rim.
“Investigators are in the process of determining why Mr. Shestalo travelled to Bridal Falls. We’re working to determine if he remains in the area or if he left” said IHIT Sgt. Timothy Pierotti.
“We are still urging people not to approach Mr. Shestalo and to contact 9-1-1 immediately. So far we’ve had many people come forward to provide information. We need that to continue as we work to track down Mr. Shestalo.”
IHIT is asking that any witnesses or anyone who attended Bridal Falls between 11 a.m. on July 21 and 10 a.m. on July 22 with dash cameras or who have any information regarding the homicide to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email at email@example.com.