Death of Errington man shocks community

UPDATE:

The investigation into the suspicious death of an Errington man continues. The man has been identified as Douglas Trebble, 47 years old. His next of kin have been notified of his death.

Investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU), along with RCMP Forensic Identification Officers, and the Oceanside RCMP General Investigation Section remain at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service has scheduled a forensic autopsy for Wednesday, July 6th, 2011, in Vancouver. The results of the autopsy are expected to determine a cause and time of death.

Police are treating this death as suspicious in nature, as there was evidence at the scene to indicate an altercation had taken place. To protect the integrity of evidence gathered to date, no further details will be released on this aspect of the investigation.

Investigators are conducting a thorough criminal investigation, ensuring all evidence is gathered. This evidence, coupled with the Coroner’s findings, will determine whether or not this death was the result of foul play.

Based on the investigational findings so far, police do not believe that there is any immediate risk to public safety.

Background:

Investigators from the Oceanside RCMP, and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) are investigating a suspicious death in Errington, B.C.

Shortly after 1:30 pm, yesterday afternoon, the body of a 47 year old man was found in his residence, located in the 1000 block of Bowlby Road, in Errington, B.C. The discovery was made by a neighbor, who was visiting the deceased. Police and BC Ambulance Service Paramedics were called to the scene, where it was determined that the man had been deceased for a period of time, before the discovery of his body. The BC Coroners Service attended the scene, and will conduct a forensic autopsy in the days to come, where it is hoped a time and cause of death will be determined.

Based on the observations of investigators, this death is being treated as suspicious. A team of investigators with the VIIMCU remain at the scene, along with RCMP Forensic Identification Section officers.

The deceased lives alone on the rural property where the home is located. His identity will not be released at this time, pending the notification of his next of kin.

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