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Homicide investigation underway at Toosey Reserve near Williams Lake

The North District Major Crime Unit have been called to assist the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment in investigating a homicide that occurred on Saturday evening.

Just after 6 p.m. on June 8, RCMP officers from Williams Lake and Alexis Creek were called to the Toosey Reserve to assist BC Emergency Health Services, who were responding to report that a woman was severely injured and required emergency assistance. When first responders arrived they found a 33-year-old woman suffering from fatal injuries. Despite life-saving efforts the woman could not be revived and died at the scene.

The nature of, or the mechanism of the victim’s injuries, will not be disclosed at this time.

A local man was arrested for murder at the scene and remains in custody as the investigation progresses. No charges have been laid.

Williams Lake General Investigation Section (GIS) and the North District Major Crime Unit with assistance from frontline officers are currently in the evidence gathering stage and have identified two possible scenes. One on the reserve and another at Lovers Leap. Both scenes will be inaccessible for an undetermined amount of time, while the forensic examinations are underway.

“We understand this reserve is a close knit community and there is bound to be information being shared amongst the members and community of Williams Lake at large,” said S/Sgt. Todd Wiebe of the North District Major Crime Unit. “If you have information about this tragic incident and have not already spoken to investigators, we ask to contact either the Williams Lake RCMP or MCU and an investigator will arrange to speak with you.”

“While the investigation is still in its infancy, our investigators believe that is an isolated incident and the community is not at risk,” said Inspector Jeff Pelley Officer in Charge Williams Lake RCMP. “We are working with and will continue to support the ND MCU as we move toward the court process.”