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Police investigate suspicious death

A police cruiser is parked at a residence where a woman’s body was discovered on Sunday, July 20.  - Britt Santowski
A police cruiser is parked at a residence where a woman’s body was discovered on Sunday, July 20.
— image credit: Britt Santowski

The public is not at risk, say Sooke RCMP after a woman’s body was discovered on a quiet residential street in Sooke.

RCMP received a call at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, of a deceased woman in a house on the 2200 block of French Road. Pamella Dyer, 64, was found dead in her Sooke home.

There is no one in custody in regard to the suspected homicide at this point. The death is being treated as suspicious and the neighbours are being canvassed.

Thirty-six-year-old Michael James McCormick, Dyer’s son was arrested Sunday night. He is charged with one count of uttering threats against his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend and remains in police custody.

Police would not confirm that he is a suspect in his mother’s death, although neighbours have said police have been called to the house several times in the past month. McCormick suffered from addiction and mental health problems say some of those who knew Dyer and he had spent time in jail.

The investigation into the cause of death is being done by the Sooke RCMP, the Vancouver Island Major Crime Section, and the BC Coroner’s office.

Dyer was the bar manager at the Legion in Sooke for many years. She retired three or four years ago. Dyer had attended Esquimalt secondary school.

Condolences are being shared on Dyer’s Facebook page. They say she was kind and had ambition for life.

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