September 01, 2016 - 12:06 PM
KAMLOOPS - RCMP have confirmed a suspicious death at the Super 8 Motel in Kamloops was a homicide.
The victim has been identified as Debra Novacluse, 52, of Abbotsford and police call the murder an isolated incident.
David Miller, 54, who is also from Abbotsford has been charged with her murder. Miller was arrested early this morning, Sept. 1, in Ontario.
Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said Miller was arrested without incident, but cannot comment on any details of the arrest.
"Miller has a lengthy criminal record," Mueller said. "Miller frequented Kamloops from time to time."
The suspect had been in Kamloops for "a period of time" before the victim's body was discovered. It's not known what Miller's relationship was to the victim, but they were not married. However, Mueller says they were known to each other and had been staying at the motel together.
Mueller says Miller's criminal record includes fraudulent offences and some violent offences. He called the investigation "very dynamic and time sensitive."
Police from Kamloops tracked Miller's movement to Napanee, Ontario.
Mueller says Miller is expected to be back in Kamloops tomorrow, Sept. 2, to appear in court.
Police began investigating Novacluse's death on Aug. 27. Crime tape surrounded the garbage dumpster beside the motel for two days, although Mueller can't confirm who found the victim or where her body was found.
– This story was updated on at 11:58 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 to include new information from Kamloops RCMP.
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