UPDATE: Man arrested in Richmond following Vancouver death

A man was arrested by Richmond Mounties in connection with a Tuesday night murder in Vancouver.

The man, described as a male associate of a person who lived at the residence where the murder occurred, has since been turned over to the Vancouver Police Department. He was subsequently released without charges.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Vancouver police were called to the 100 block of W. 13th Ave., where they discovered the body of a dead woman believed to be in her 30s.

An autopsy will be performed to determine when the woman died, the cause of her death, and for the purposes of a positive identification.

Detectives are working on establishing if any links exist between the person arrested Tuesday night and the body that was found.

The woman has been identified as Melanie Alexis O'Neill, an associate professor of chemistry at Simon Fraser University

Forensic officers are expected to be in the triplex where the woman was found for several days as they gather evidence, Vancouver Police Const. Lindsey Houghton said.

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