Man found dead in backyard of Nanaimo home

Back yard of home on Fitzwilliam Street scene of mysterious death

A home on Fitzwilliam Street was the scene of a mysterious death on the weekend.

Police were called to a home in 700 block of Fitzwilliam Street about 3 p.m. Sunday after the homeowner found a man dead in the back yard.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said there appeared to be no signs of trauma and police are puzzling out how and why the man’s body was in the yard.

O’Brien confirmed police have identified the victim, a 37-year-old, man believed to be from Nanaimo, but are withholding his identity until next of kin are notified.

“We believe this person is from Nanaimo and we’re just trying to find out what led him to that backyard where he was found deceased,” O’Brien said.

He said an autopsy will be conducted.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at