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Charges sworn in death of South Delta teen

17-year-old Maaike Blom was located deceased back on Dec. 7, 2021 two days after she was reported missing by her family
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An arrest and charges have been laid against a Delta man in connection to the death of a Delta teenager in December 2021.

Nearly a year after the tragic death of 17-year-old Maaike Blom, 11 charges have been approved against a 22-year-old Delta man who was known to her.

It was back on Dec. 5, 2021 when the Delta Secondary student was reported missing by her family. Two days later she was located deceased at a residence in the 2400 block of Falcon Way.

"As a result of the circumstances surrounding Maaike’s disappearance and subsequent death, an investigation was initiated by the Delta Police Department Major Crime Section. The police investigation determined that Maaike did not die as a result of a homicide," said a news release issued Friday afternoon by police. "Over the past year, the Major Crime Section gathered evidence and information, which led to Crown Counsel approving 11 charges against Delta resident Jimmy Eely."

Police say that on Thursday, Dec. 1, Eely was arrested in connection to the 11 charges, which include interference or indignity to a dead body, and multiple firearms and drug offences.

Eely made his first appearance in provincial court today (Dec. 2).

“Although the loss of Maaike will be eternal, we hope that an arrest in this matter brings some form of solace to Maaike’s family, friends, and the community. We acknowledge that there is still a long road of healing ahead for everyone involved in this tragic situation,” said Deputy Chief Harj Sidhu, Officer in Charge of Operations. "The complexity of the investigation has taken some time to reach this point, and we appreciate the patience and support of the Blom family and extend our heartfelt condolences to them as they continue to process the loss of their daughter, Maaike.”

Delta Police say they will not make any further comments on the details of the investigation as the file is now before the courts.

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