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Nanaimo RCMP have launched their fifth homicide investigation of the year after a man was found dead during a wellness check last week.

The man was discovered around 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 12th by Nanaimo RCMP officers after they were contacted by Kelown RCMP  to perform a welfare check on him.

Once inside, police located 30-year-old Ryan Mosher deceased.  He had only recently moved to Nanaimo from the Interior.

“His death was considered suspicious and the Nanaimo RCMP Serious Crime Unit was called to take conduct of the homicide investigation with assistance from Kelowna RCMP,” said Cst. Derek Balderston of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Police said they “strongly” believe Mosher’s death is an isolated incident and the general public is not considered to be at risk.

“Investigators have spoken to numerous people both from Kelowna and Nanaimo to assist in establishing what may have occurred,” said Balderston.

RCMP released the identity of Mosher in the hopes it’ll assist in advancing the investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Nanaimo Serious Crime Unit at 250-754-2345.

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