Updated: Female suspect arrested and charged after suspicious fire and dead body found in Coquitlam park

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      Update (March 16): Investigators are seeking to locate the missing sister of the arrested suspect. For more information, see this article.

      Update (March 11):

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) stated on March 11 that Pen Jung Tracy Chen, who had been arrested at the scene of the suspicious fire in Coquitlam's Minnekhada Regional Park, has been charged with interference with a dead body. 

      Chen appeared in Port Coquitlam provincial court on March 11 and is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday (March 13).

      IHIT is continuing to work with the B.C. Coroners Service to identify the body. 

      Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1‐877‐551‐4448 or by email. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1‐800‐222-8477.

      Original article (March 10):

      After police located a fire and a death in a Metro Vancouver nature park this morning, a female suspect has been arrested and a homicide investigation has been launched.

      Coquitlam RCMP stated that shortly after 6:15 a.m. today (March 10), police were called to assist the Coquitlam Fire Department with a small but suspicious fire in the 4000 block of Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park.

      Upon arrival, officers found evidence of a suspicious death and arrested an adult female suspect at the scene.

      No details about the deceased individual have been released.

      The suspect is being held in custody and the area has been cordoned off as the investigation continues on.

      As the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) conducts an investigation along with Coquitlam RCMP, the B.C. Coroners Service will conduct its own fact-finding investigation into the death.

      No further information is being provided at this time.

      Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1‐877‐551‐4448 or by email. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1‐800‐222-8477.

       

      Meanwhile, in a separate fatal fire case in B.C., Nakusp RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating a fatal mobile home fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. on March 7 in the 5300 block of Highway 6 in Burton, B.C. 

      A deceased person was located inside, and efforts remain ongoing to confirm the identity of the deceased and to notify relatives. Southeast District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey stated in a news release that criminality is not suspected in the blaze or the death.

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