The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) and the Saanich Police Department Detective Division have concluded their investigation into the deaths of two Saanich residents that occurred on Monday, April 28. The investigative team is still collaborating with the BC Coroners Service who continue to investigate the deaths.
“Based on the evidence located at the residence in question, the untimely death of the female victim appears to have been as a result of the actions of another person” Sgt. Steve Eassie said. “Based on the evidence from the investigation, investigators believe that the death appears to have been caused by the victim’s husband.”
Police and the BC Coroners Service have confirmed the identities of the deceased as 61 year old Anne HARVEY, and her husband, 59 year old Neil HARVEY. Both were residents of Saanich and occupied the home in the 1800 block of Newton Street where this tragic incident took place.
“The death of the male appears to have been an act of suicide. Based on the evidence that our investigators have recovered, these two events would appear to be an apparent murder-suicide.” Eassie said.
The anatomical cause of death for both deceased is still subject to further investigation by the BC Coroners Service and will form part of the report at the conclusion of their investigation.
Investigators have advised that the notification of the next of kin has now been completed, however, that this was an extremely difficult process, and one that took a considerable amount of time.
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