RCMP are suspecting foul play after a 53-year-old man died near Duncan Monday morning. Police say they responded just before 5 a.m. to a home on Mulaqw Road on Cowichan Tribes land, following the report of an assault.
When they arrived, officers say they discovered the man with serious injuries.
First aid was started by police, and the man was transported to hospital but later died.
RCMP say an initial investigation at the scene has led them to believe that foul play was involved in his death.
Cowichan Tribes Chief William “Chip” Seymour says the death has hit him personally and the whole community hard.
Seymour was the victim’s soccer coach for numerous years between 1985 and 2005 when he was a member of the Cowichan Eagles soccer team.
This tragic incident coming so soon after the Christmas Eve tragedy has shocked and saddened the public said North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP Officer in Charge Inspector Chris Bear in a statement.
I ask that if any members of our communities have information that could assist in this investigation to please contact VIIMCU or the North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP.
The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) is involved in the investigation and is working with the North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP, and the B.C. Coroners service.
RCMP add the investigation is currently in the early stages, and that they believe it is an isolated incident and is not related to the double homicide from Dec. 24.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211, or the North Cowichan / Duncan RCMP Detachment at 250-748-5522
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