Updated: Suspect in Salt Spring murder held under Mental Health Act

Police arrested a 22-year-old man, but are providing few other details

A Salt Spring Island woman is dead and a young man is in custody.

Police were called to a home on Maliview Drive yesterday for an undisclosed incident and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) now confirms 47-year-old Heather Jones was found dead inside the home.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, but few other specifics have been released except that the incident was reported shortly before noon on Dec. 6 and the victim was known to the suspect. Following his arrest, the man was released from police custody and has been apprehended under the Mental Health Act.

Those close to the scene have identified the man as Martin Vandenberg, the son of Heather Jones.

Read More: Few details in Salt Spring Island death

Authorities have said foul play is suspected and the VIIMCU is working alongside Saltspring RCMP, the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section and the BC Coroners Service.

The deceased had owned the Amber Cab Company and also worked at Penny’s Pantry, according to her Facebook profile.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for Dec. 11.

More to come…

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