UPDATE: Police say Luciano Mariani, 43, of no fixed address, has been charged in connection with the death of a woman in Bowser.
On Tuesday, Aug. 31, just after 4 a.m., Oceanside RCMP were contacted to assist BC Ambulance after it was reported that there was an injured person in the 5000 block of Thompson Clark Drive West.
Police reported that upon arrival, members located a person suffering from serious injuries already being treated by both BC Ambulance and fire officials. This individual later succumbed to their injuries, said Sgt. Chris Manseau, division media relations officer for the BC RCMP.
Mariani was located at another location by police a short time later and arrested.
“The deceased was known to the suspect, but the nature of their relationship will not be elaborated upon” said Manseau. “The investigation still remains active, as VIIMCU remains on scene determining what exactly occurred and led to this event.”
The family of the victim has asked for privacy at this time and Manseau said no further details will be released as the matter is now before the court. At this time, the PQB News has chosen not to identify the victim.
Court documents show Mariani’s next listed court appearance is Sept. 7 in Nanaimo.
The BC Coroners Service is also conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation into this unexpected death.
Anyone with information is asked to call the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211.
— NEWS Staff, submitted