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Vancouver Island major crime detectives are investigating an apparent homicide after a body was found in a Sooke home over the weekend.

On Sunday, May15th, Sooke RCMP responded to a home on Throup Road just after 1 p.m. after a man’s body was discovered.

“Initial evidence gathered at the scene led investigators to believe that criminality was involved,” RCMP said in a news release Monday.

Police say while a person of interest was identified and arrested at the scene, the person has since been released from custody pending further investigation “due to certain factors pertaining to this case which can’t be disclosed at this time.”

RCMP say the people involved in the incident are known to each other.

“VIIMCU investigators are in the area, completing priority tasks, and are working closely with the support of Sooke RCMP,” said Corporal Alex Bérubé, spokesperson for the BC RCMP.

“This is believed to be an isolated incident and there is no risk to the public,” added Bérubé.

On May 7th, a Sooke man was shot in his driveway in the Otter Point area. The victim was identified as Tony Nelson.

Sooke RCMP, with the assistance of Westshore RCMP, police dog Services and the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team, located and arrested a 55-year-old Sooke man.

RCMP did not say if these two incidents are connected.

The investigation remains in the early stages and RCMP said no further information would be released at this time.

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