Sister of Port Coquitlam homicide victim Pen Yun Ivy Chen charged with first-degree murder

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      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has brought forward sufficient evidence to persuade the B.C. Prosecution Service to proceed with a second criminal charge against the sister of Pen Yun Ivy Chen.

      Pen Jung Tracy Chen has been booked for first-degree murder in the death of the 36-year-old woman, who was last seen in a Canadian Tire store in Vancouver on March 6.

      On March 11, Pen Jung Tracy Chen was initially charged with committing an indignity to a human body. That came following a suspicious fire and the discovery of human remains on the previous day in Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam.

      She remained in custody. The first-degree murder charge was laid on April 3 after an autopsy, which confirmed that the deceased person was her sister.

      Pen Jung Tracy Chen will appear in court on Monday (April 6).

      “In spite of the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our investigators pushed forward and got the job done,” Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT said in a news release. “IHIT operations continue without disruption and the resolve of our investigators remains strong as demonstrated by the positive outcome in this case.”