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A 43-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a woman in the small Vancouver Island community of Bowser on Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Caroline Bernard. Luciano Emilio Mariani, her former partner, is facing one count of second-degree murder, according to BC RCMP.

On Tuesday, August 31st, emergency services were alerted to reports of an injured woman in the 5000 block of Thompson Clark Drive West in Bowser.

Oceanside RCMP were then contacted shortly after 4 a.m. to assist paramedics and firefighters already on scene.

“Upon arrival, members located a person suffering from serious injuries already being treated by both BC Ambulance and the Fire Department,” said Sergeant Chris Manseau, division media relations officer for the BC RCMP.

Bernard later succumbed to her injuries.

RCMP would not elaborate on the relationship between the two but confirmed the two knew each other and there is no ongoing risk to the public.

“The investigation still remains active, as VIIMCU remains on scene determining what exactly occurred and led to this event.”

The BC Coroner’s Service is also investigating.

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