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A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the mysterious murder of a 47-year-old man from Tofino.

On December 30th, 2020, Tofino RCMP conducted a wellness check on a man living in the 1300-block of Chesterman Beach Road. There they found the man dead. 

“Based on observations at the scene the death was deemed to be suspicious and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit assumed conduct of the investigation,” said Insp. Kevin O’Donnell the District Senior Investigating Officer of the BC RCMP Major Crime Unit at the time of the murder. 

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The same day, an individual was taken into custody in Nanaimo and was released without charge. 

Nearly two years later, on December 12th, 2022, Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) investigators, with assistance from Nanaimo RCMP, arrested Luke Priddle, 25, who will go before court on Thursday December 13th on one charge of second degree murder. 

Cpl. Alex Bérubé of the BC RCMP confirmed with Victoria Buzz that Priddle was the same person the VIIMCU took into custody initially back in 2020.

Priddle also faces charges of robbery and theft of a motor vehicle. He will remain in custody until he faces his charges in court. 

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident, call the VIIMCU information line at (250) 380-6211.

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