On Tuesday January 18, 2011 IHIT investigators arrested a 44-year-old Chilliwack man in connection to the December 13, 2010 disappearance and murder of 64-year-old Robert-Jan PLANJE. The arrest was without incident.
Steven Kenneth FREDERICKSON of Chilliwack has been charged with one count of second degree murder, he remains in custody and is expected to make an appearance in the coming days.
PLANJE had been missing since the morning of Monday December 13th, 2010 when the Chilliwack RCMP were called to his home in the Rainbow Trailer park to check on his well being. When police attended they found no one at the residence along with signs of a suspicious activity. The residence was secured and a search for PLANJE began. PLANJE was last seen alive the on December 12, 2010.
Later in the day on December 13th police recovered items thought to be linked to the PLANJE home on Ballam Road. Ballam Road is a remote rural roadway that runs adjacent to an arm of the Fraser River in north Chilliwack.
Police conducted an extensive search in the area along Ballam Road as well as RCMP Dive Team members were deployed into the river. The search did not locate PLANJE.
According to Cpl. Dale Carr of IHIT, “Investigators still asking the public to recall if they saw any out of the ordinary activity along Ballam Road on December 13, 2010 between 4:00 AM and 10:00 AM. As this is an area that something unusual would stand out.”
On December 30, 2010 at approximately 8:30 AM, Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment RCMP members in Hope responded to a report of a found body on a forest service road near American Creek in Hope. The body had been discovered by a local resident that was on the service road walking his dog.
After the completion of an autopsy, the body was identified a PLANJE and he was determined to have been murdered.
PLANJE was not known to police. PLANJE and FREDERICKSON were known to each other. PLANJE had taken FREDERICKSON in on a temporary basis as he knew him through FREDERICKSON mother.
Although this investigation is currently before the courts police are still interested in obtaining any additional information people may have about either PLANJE or FREDERICKSON.