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Man in custody after woman found dead in Chase area home

RCMP say ‘unexpected death’ near Adams Lake considered suspicious UPDATE: – Man released

Chase RCMP officers are investigating “an unexpected death” of a 60-year-old woman near Adams Lake on Tuesday, April 27.

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 8600 block of Holding Road, just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found the deceased woman. An adult male was taken into police custody without incident, said Staff-Sgt. Scott Aschenbrenner, unit commander of the Southeast District major crime unit.

“Although a full determination surrounding criminality has not yet been made, the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death are being considered suspicious in nature at this time,” he said.

RCMP said the man and woman were well known to each other. The man was released Thursday afternoon unconditionally and without charge and the investigation is continuing.

Major crime investigators continue to consider the circumstances under which the 60-year-old woman reportedly died as suspicious in nature, Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said Thursday afternoon. “Police will continue to treat her death as such until proven otherwise,” O’Donaghey said.

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service will also be working diligently to officially classify the woman’s death as they advance their concurrent investigations.

Police do not believe there is any risk to the general public.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP’s Southeast District major crime unit information line at 1-877-987-8477.

UPDATE:

RCMP have released the man, previously taken into police custody, without charge as the BC RCMP Southeast District Major Crime Unit and BC Coroners Service continues their parallel investigations into the death of the 60-year-old woman.

“Investigators were back on site April 27, continuing their examination of the Holding Road property. That scene, just south of Adams Lake, has been released by authorities and is no longer being secured by police,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “The adult man, arrested by front line officers at the scene, has now been released from police custody. He was released unconditionally without charge and the investigation is continuing.”

Major crime investigators continue to consider the circumstances under which the 60-year-old woman reportedly died as suspicious in nature, and sy they will continue to treat her death as such until proven otherwise.