UPDATE: Victoria man charged with murder

Daniel Penney, 51, in custody awaiting court appearance

  • Mar. 17, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Victoria police have charged Daniel Penney, 51, with second-degree murder in the death of his estranged wife Mary Caitlin Walton, 46.

Penney was rescued by two West Shore RCMP officers in an apparent suicide attempt in the garage of a home on Volmer Road in Colwood at around 1 p.m. last Friday.

Later in the day, VicPD officers were requested to attend Walton’s home at 830 Queens St. by RCMP where they found her body in an upper-level suite.

“At this time there is no reason to believe that the public may be at risk,” said Victoria police spokesperson Const. Mike Russell in a statement.

Penney remains in custody awaiting his next court date.

Walton’s death is the third suspicious death being investigated by VicPD in the last month.

Also on Friday, police released the identity of man whose body was found in the Inner Harbour on March 5. Scott Owen Smith, 26, was from Victoria.

It has not yet been determined how the Smith died.

Investigators are hoping to speak with anyone who was with Smith on the night of Wednesday, March 4 or the morning of Thursday, March 5.

Police are also investigating the death of Peter Hunter Thompson, 49, who was found dead in the 400-block of Michigan Street on Feb. 18.