SURREY (NEWS 1130) — RCMP officers were sent to check on the welfare of a Langley teen hours before he died from an overdose but could not find him, according to the provincial police watchdog.
Carson Crimeni, 14, died on August 7 after paramedics went to the Walnut Grove Skatepark. RCMP later confirmed his death was likely due to an overdose.
A memorial still lines the skate bowl, where members of the community continue to leave flowers and candles weeks after the boy’s death.
The person who called police had seen a Snapchat photo of Crimeni and was concerned.
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It’s in this area that Carson spent his final hours — much of it caught on camera.
Videos of the teen filmed in the short time before he died were circulated online, and showed other teens taunting and laughing at Carson while he was soaked in sweat, twitching, and incoherent.
Family and friends were devastated that people appeared to post to social media instead of calling for help as Carson’s condition deteriorated.
However, at least one person who saw these posts contacted the police, according to the Independent Investigations Office.
“A call was received from a complainant who had seen a Snapchat photo of the youth from an unknown source and was concerned for his welfare,” the IIO says in a release.
“Two officers attended the location to conduct a welfare check but could not locate the youth.”
The police watchdog has been involved for weeks, but only released details of why they were called in on Wednesday.
“The IIO has commenced an investigation to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played in the incident that followed.”