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UPDATE: RCMP release name of homicide victim in Castlegar; Major Crimes Unit investigating

Jean-Luc Noel Levesque.

The BC RCMP Major Crime Unit (BC RCMP MCU) with the assistance of the Southeast District Major Crime Unit (SED MCU) has now taken over a suspicious death investigation in Castlegar.

On Aug. 11, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Castlegar emergency services responded to a call regarding an unresponsive male near the Castlegar CIBC bank located at 1801 Columbia Avenue. Upon attendance a deceased man was located whose death appears to be the result of suspicious circumstances. 

Police are able to now confirm that the suspicious death is a homicide investigation.

The victim is being identified as 51-year old Jean-Luc Noel Levesque. He was of no fixed address but known to travel between a number of communities in the area.
A motive for this homicide is not known at this time.

Mr. Levesque was not a known resident of Castlegar, and as we work to determine what brought him to the area, we believe there are people who may have seen the victim or interacted with him prior to his death. We are asking those people - as well as anyone who may have any info about this homicide - to please call police, said Dawn Roberts, Director of BC RCMP Communications. This is a tragedy and we want to bring closure to Mr. Levesque’s friends and family

Anyone who may have seen something or have information regarding this incident is asked to call the BC RCMP MCU at the Castlegar RCMP at (250) 365-7721.

Previous coverage:

Castlegar RCMP is investigating the suspicious circumstances around a deceased man, according to Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Monty Taylor.

"On Aug. 11, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Castlegar emergency services responded to a man down near the Castlegar CIBC bank located at 1801 Columbia Ave.," Taylor said.

"Upon attendance a deceased man was located whose death appears to be the result of suspicious circumstances.

"RCMP are continuing to investigate the death of the man.

As a result, the area businesses of the Castlegar CIBC bank, including the ATM, and the Common Grounds coffee shop will be closed while police continue to investigate.

"Anyone with information about this incident are asked to call the Castlegar RCMP at (250) 365-7721."