B.C. RCMP discover woman's body in Downtown Nanaimo ravine

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      While police in the Lower Mainland discovered the body of a missing mother on June 2, investigators on Vancouver Island located the body of a woman the following day.

      Nanaimo RCMP announced today (June 4) that officers discovered an adult female body in a small wooded ravine near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent on June 3.

      RCMP stated in a news release that investigators, based on preliminary observations, believe the woman is 27-year-old Amy Watts, who sometimes goes by the name Amy Coady.

      Watts’ mother, who lives in PEI, reported Watts missing to police on May 27. Watts had not had any contact with her family since February, which was reported to be out of character for her.

      After she was reported missing, investigators were following up on possible sightings of Watts in Downtown Nanaimo.

      Police have notified the family.

      A forensic autopsy will be scheduled and the case remains under investigation.

      The Georgia Straight is contacting Nanaimo RCMP for further details.

      Other missing women

      A number of missing women in the Lower Mainland have recently been found dead.

      Shaelene Keeler Bell from Chilliwack, who is a 23-year-old mother of two children and was reported missing on January 31, was found dead in the Fraser River in Coquitlam on June 2. Chilliwack RCMP did not find evidence of foul play but the B.C. Coroners Service is conducting its own fact-finding investigation into her death.

      Meanwhile on May 1, investigators announced that human remains found on March 29 near Silver Creek in Hope had been identified as 48-year-old Trina Hunt of Port Moody, who was reported missing by her husband on January 18. Foul play was suspected in her death and her family is offering a reward of $50,000 for information that can the mystery of what happened to her.

      In addition, on May 28, investigators announced that human remains found between Boston Bar and Hope were identified as 19-year-old Melissa Elizabeth Steele of no fixed address but who frequented Vancouver. Foul play is suspected in her death.

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