A man wanted in connection to an Oct. 20 armed robbery in Ottawa has been found dead in Nanaimo.
According to Nanaimo RCMP, the body of Peter Hoelke, 22, a suspect in an armed robbery of an Ottawa CIBC bank, was found in the Jordan Avenue area, near the E&N Trail, late Friday afternoon.
The identity was confirmed by the B.C. Coroner’s Service.
Ottawa police had notified RCMP that Hoelke had flown to Nanaimo and landed Thursday.
An investigation led police, including the RCMP’s Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team, to the Lost Lake Road area at about 8:30 a.m. Friday. Police blocked Lost Lake Road between Dewar Road and Laguna Way.
RCMP searched a home at about 4 p.m. and found no one in the residence, said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.
The locked down area has since been re-opened to the public.
Foul play is not suspected in Hoelke’s death.