UPDATED: Victim of apparent homicide in Ladysmith identified as 55-year-old Rayna Johnson

RCMP have charged 50-year-old Trevor George Meers of Ladysmith with one count of manslaughter in relation to Johnson's Feb. 3 death.

The RCMP have identified the woman who died following an altercation at a modular home park in Ladysmith on Feb. 3 as 55-year-old Rayna Johnson.

Police officers and BC Ambulance Service paramedics had received a 9-1-1 call shortly before midnight on Feb. 3 reporting a physical altercation between a group of people at Campers Corner RV Park on the Trans-Canada Highway at the south end of Ladysmith.

“Despite the efforts of first responders, the woman died at the scene,” police stated in a Feb. 4 press release. “Investigators are treating her death as an apparent homicide.”

Fifty-year-old Trevor George Meers of Ladysmith has been charged with one count of manslaughter in relation to Johnson’s death, the RCMP reported in a press release sent out Feb. 5.

He has been remanded into custody pending his next court appearance, which is set for Tuesday, Feb. 10 via video conference.

“As this matter is now before the courts, no further details will be released,” Island District RCMP spokesman Cpl. Darren Lagan stated in the press release.

On Feb. 4, police stated that Meers was known to Johnson, and there was no evidence to suggest there is any risk to the public.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit continues to investigate this death, with assistance from the RCMP Forensic Identification Section and Ladysmith RCMP, according to police.




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