Nanaimo RCMP have determined that a suspicious death in a house fire last week was a homicide.
The fire destroyed a south-end home on Athletic Street on August 11th. Fire crews managed to put out the blaze in about forty minutes, but the damage had already been done.
They entered the home to find 40-year-old Trevor Stross, who was already gone. They’ve released the identity of Stross in hopes of furthering the investigation.
Stross is of no fixed address and known to travel between Nanaimo and Victoria, and had only recently arrived in Nanaimo before his passing.
Mounties are asking anyone who had any recent interactions to contact them. You can do so on their non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, quoting file # 2022-27862.