Update: 54-year-old Surrey woman who disappeared from Centennial Beach in Delta found dead

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      The Delta Police Department announced today (June 30) that 54-year-old Wenyan Lan from Surrey, who was reported missing on June 14, has been found dead.

      She was located June 29 in the Boundary Bay area.

      Her family has been notified, and police do not suspect foul play.

      Original article (June 15):

      A search has been launched for a woman who has vanished after leaving to hunt for seafood on local shorelines.

      The Delta Police Department (DPD) stated today that 54-year-old Wenyan Lan from Surrey is believed to have gone crabbing or digging for clams either late in the morning or in the afternoon of June 14.

      Her family reported her missing to Surrey RCMP on June 14 after she did not return. After her car was found at Centennial Beach in Delta, Delta police joined the search.

      Search and rescue crews launched a search and continued throughout the night.

      “Our officers assisted with a number of aspects of the investigation the night of June 14, including canvassing nearby residents,” DPD spokesperson Cris Leykauf stated in a news release.

      Search and rescue efforts resumed this morning, with the Coast Guard Hovercraft joining the search on the waters of Centennial Bay. The DPD will also use drones for the search and Whatcom County has also been alerted.

      “The area is known for extensive tidal flats, so our officers have also been walking out in the water conducting search efforts today,” Leykauf stated. “Unfortunately there has been no sign of her to date.”

      Lan is described as 160 centimetres (five-feet, three-inches) tall and weighs about 45 kilograms (100 pounds). She has black hair and brown eyes, and she is believed to be wearing hip-waders and carrying crabbing gear.

      Anyone who may have seen Lan or has relevant information is asked to call the DPD at 604-946-4411.


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