Canadian soldier dies of apparent suicide
Soldiers patrol an area in the Dand district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 7, 2009. (Colin Perkel / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:41PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:51PM EST
A Canadian soldier has died of an apparent suicide after facing charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Department of National Defence has confirmed the death of Warrant Officer Martin Mercier, who was based at the 5 Canadian Division Support Base in Gagetown, N.B.
DND said Mercier was discovered by Fredericton RCMP at his off-base residence on Feb. 10. The exact date of his death has not been confirmed.
While DND did not mention the cause of Mercier’s death, CTV News has confirmed it was suicide. The RCMP is investigating.
“The loss of any soldier is difficult for the military community and our condolences go out to his family and friends,” DND said in a statement.