Body of man found in Castlegar deemed a homicide

Death deemed a homicide

Police in Castlegar, B.C. say they are investigating a homicide.

Emergency services were called on Aug. 11, 2022 at about 11:30 p.m. for a report of an unresponsive man near the Castlegar CIBC bank located at 1801 Columbia Avenue.

Upon arrival, a deceased male was found.

The BC RCMP major crime unit and Southeast District major crime unit have now taken over the file and confirmed Monday that the death was a homicide.

The victim is being identified as Jean-Luc Noel Levesque, 51, of no fixed address. He was known to travel between a number of communities in the area.

A motive for the homicide is not known, police said.

“Mr. Levesque was not a known resident of Castlegar, and as we work to determine what brought him to the area, we believe there are people who may have seen the victim or interacted with him prior to his death. We are asking those people - as well as anyone who may have any info about this homicide - to please call police,” said Dawn Roberts, director of BC RCMP Communications.

“This is a tragedy and we want to bring closure to Mr. Levesque’s friends and family.”

Anyone who may have seen something or have information regarding this incident is asked to call the Castlegar RCMP at (250) 365-7721.

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