Police charge man in connection with death of woman in Bowser

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Police say Luciano Mariani, 43, of no fixed address, has been charged in connection with the death of a woman in Bowser.

Oceanside RCMP and other emergency responders were called to the 5000 block of Thompson Clark Drive West in Bowser on Aug. 31, according to a media release by the RCMP.

RCMP officers arrived on scene to find a woman suffering from serious and suspicious injuries. The victim later succumbed to her injuries. Mariani was located at another location by police a short time later and arrested, police said. He remains in police custody, court records show.

“The deceased was known to the suspect, but the nature of their relationship will not be elaborated upon,” said Sgt. Chris Manseau, division media relations officer for the BC RCMP. “The investigation still remains active, as Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) remains on scene determining what exactly occurred and led to this event.”

VIIMCU is working closely with the Oceanside RCMP, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and the BC Coroners Service in the investigation, according to the release.

Police said the family of the victim has asked for privacy and no further details will be released. Court records show Mariani is scheduled to appear in Nanaimo Law Courts on Sept. 7.

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