A man police had arrested following the discovery of an injured woman in Telkwa has been released without charges, RCMP say. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, the senior media relations officer for the RCMP’s Southwest and North District region told The Interior News that the individual who was arrested the morning of Nov. 11 in connection with a woman’s death in Telkwa has been released with no charges so far.
RCMP has a 24 hour window after an initial arrest to submit documents to Crown prosecutors to recommend charges. Moskaluk did not provide any further details of the investigation.
He said that the victim’s body has been flown to Vancouver for a scheduled autopsy on Nov. 14.
At some point in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, Smithers RCMP, along with the B.C. Ambulance Service and local fire service members attended a scene upon receiving a report of an injured woman in Telkwa.
The police did not officially say where in Telkwa the incident occurred, but The Interior News observed a portion of Willow Street closed off by RCMP investigators on Friday afternoon.
The woman was found with life threatening injuries and transported to the Bulkley Valley District Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries later that day.
“Police are treating the death as being criminal in nature,” said Moskaluk. It was at the scene that the police found the man that they initially arrested.
RCMP have confirmed that the two people knew each other but have not explained what that relationship was.
It is unclear exactly what time the woman was reported to authorities, but a person on The Interior News’ Facebook page posted that she saw someone being taken away in an ambulance at around 2 a.m. that morning.