Remains of missing woman discovered in Abbotsford field

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      Police identified human remains found in Abbotsford as belonging to a woman who went missing last summer.

      The family of 52-year-old Deborah (Debbie) Ann Hycha, who was last seen in Abbotsford on May 10, 2017, was reported missing by her family in June 2017.

      In September, her family had held a press conference and offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could provide information to locate her. She had grown up in Smithers, B.C.; had moved to the Fraser Valley after graduating from high school; and had worked in hairdressing and costume design.

      Around 1 p.m. on February 5, police responded to call about the discovery of human remains in a field in the 1600 block of Riverside Road in Abbotsford.

      Based on forensic analysis, the B.C. Coroners Service, the Abbotsford Police Major Crime Unit, and Forensic Identification Unit confirmed her identity on February 8 and that it was not a suspicious death.