Second-degree murder charges in Chilliwack missing person's case
Nearly six years after Michael Scullion went missing from an Agassiz-Harrison bar on April 10, 2008, a 45-year-old Rosedale man has been arrested and charged with his murder.
Richard MacInnes, 45, was arrested on Friday and now faces charges of second degree murder and indignity to human remains.
The arrest was announced at an RCMP Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) press conference in Surrey Monday.
The 30-year-old Scullion, a Chilliwack resident, was last seen after an altercation outside the Harrison Crossroads Inn on the Lougheed Highway in Agassiz. Later that same day, he failed to show up for work or pick up his daughter, and his family reported him missing the following day.
A missing-person’s investigation began by the Agassiz RCMP General Investigation Section, and within a few days, investigators determined Scullion's disappearance was likely as the result of foul play.
IHIT took over the investigation on April 15, 2008 and worked with the Agassiz RCMP to determine the circumstances of Scullion’s disappearance.
IHIT's Cold Case Team took over the investigation four years later, in March 2012.
Scullion's body has never been recovered.
"In this circumstance, our Cold Case investigators were able to obtain sufficient evidence to support that Michael Scullion was no longer alive, and there was no other reasonable explanation for him being missing other than him being the victim of a homicide," Sgt. Adam MacIntosh of IHIT said in a press release Monday.
After the arrest was announced, Lou Scullion, Scullion's father thanked RCMP and IHIT for “never giving up.”
“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of my family to say thank-you to the many people who have shown their love, support and understanding to help us deal with this horrible situation,” he said.