Sharp work by the Nanaimo RCMP detachment’s forensic investigation unit is being called crucial to the arrest of two people in relation to the July 2 murder of Errington resident Douglas Trebble, 47.
Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson Const. Gary O’Brien was tight-lipped about the details of the arrest, but noted the first of the two arrests was made at 6 p.m. Monday night in Qualicum Beach, while the second arrest took place Tuesday morning in Victoria.
Both arrests were carried out by the Vancouver Island Major Crimes Unit, with the Qualicum Beach arrest assisted by the Oceanside RCMP.
Both suspects are facing charges of murder.
Trebble’s body was found inside his Errington residence on July 2 by a neighbour.
Evidence located at the scene suggested that an altercation had taken place inside the home.
Officers with the RCMP Forensic Identification Section worked over four days inside the residence, gathering and analyzing evidence.
That effort, O’Brien said, clearly paid off.
“Kudos to the forensic evidence gathered by the Nanaimo Forensic Investigation Unit,” he said. “Their work was key to making this arrest.”
In order to safeguard the integrity of the investigation, O’Brien would not divulge either the names or even the gender of the people arrested.
“We’re not saying who they are,” he said.
“The investigation is very sensitive at this point.”
Police are asking anyone who has information about this murder, to contact the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit at 250-380-6200.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com