Death of Douglas Trebble now a murder case

The Oceanside RCMP General Investigation Section, with the support of the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) continue to investigate the death of 47 year old Douglas Trebble. Mr. Trebble’s body was found inside his Errington residence on July 2nd, 2011, by a neighbour. Evidence located at the scene suggested that an altercation had taken place inside the home. Based on this, police treated his death as suspicious.

Officers with the RCMP Forensic Identification Section worked over four days inside the residence, gathering and analyzing all available evidence. Major Crime Investigators have spoken to dozens of people who were acquainted with Mr. Trebble, and continue to make significant progress towards identifying the person, or persons responsible for this crime.

An autopsy was conducted on July 6th by the BC Coroner Service. The preliminary findings of the autopsy have been shared with investigators. A cause of death was determined, indicating the Mr. Trebble was the victim of murder. Specific findings of the autopsy will not be released, to ensure the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Based on their findings to date, investigators believe this crime was targeted, and not random. Police do not believe there is any immediate risk to public safety.

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