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Update: Missing Japanese ESL student Natsumi Kogawa found dead in Vancouver

Natsumi Kogawa 30,  was reported missing on September 12th by a concerned friend after they made plans and Kogawa never showed up.

The body of Kogawa was found on the grounds of the  Gabriola Mansion in Downtown Vancouver on September 28th. at around 7pm. Kogawa was last seen  walking with a man in a surveillance video that was shot on September 8th.

William Schneider 48, has been arrested and at the moment has been charged with indignity to a human body.

An autopsy will be performed on October 3rd to determine the cause of death.

Update February 13th
William Victor Schneider, 49, charge was upgraded on February 10th to second degree murder.

UPDATE: Victims identified. Double homicide in East Vancouver

Police were called to a home on Dieppe Place, Saturday September 17th at around 10pm. On arrival police found a man and a woman, both pronounces dead at the scene.

Police have not said who called in the report, and have not released the names of the victims. The cause of death will not be released at this time.

Three people all in their 20’s have been taken into custody in relation to the murders.

More to come…

UPDATE-September 20

Police have identified the two homicide victims as  Xuan Vanvy Bacao 24, and Samantha Le 29. Police also said there was a 4 year old child hiding during the murders and was uninjured, as well as another person kidnapped from the home. Police rescued the kidnapping victim on September 19th.

Three men have been arrested in connection to the homicide, however no murder charges have been laid. Shamil Ali, Harinam Cox and Gopal Figueredo have all been charged with kidnapping, extortion, unlawful confinement or imprisonment and aggravated assault.


Update Charges Laid – Lauren McLellan dies after a fight at the Caprice Nightclub in Vancouver

Vancouver police are investigation the City’s latest homicide that happened on August 11th . Police were called to the Caprice Nightclub on Granville on report of a beating.

According to police Lauren McLellan 28, was punched and kicked by a 25 and 29 year old woman. Witnesses said the fight broke out over something minor.  McLellan was sent to hospital where she later died.

Police had the suspects in custody, however they have been released until the autopsy can prove there wasn’t an underlying medical condition.

More to come…

Update – October 19th

Vancouver police said Samantha Doolan 29, was taken into custody on October 14th and has been charged with manslaughter in the beating death of Lauren McLellan.

No other charges will be laid.


Body found wrapped in a sleeping bag in Fraser River

Vancouver police say a body found wrapped in a sleeping bag in the Milltown Marina on Monday June 6th, was the result of a targeted hit. The body was said to be wrapped in black plastic, and tucked inside a sleeping bag.

Police will not be releasing the name of the victim until the next of kin has been notified.

Police said they believe the death was targeted and there is no threat to the public’s safety.

Investigators are now asking anyone who may have seen anything unusual in the area in the past 24 hours to call the VPD at 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Jastinder Athwal found dead at Lynn Creek

The body of Jastinder Athwal, 34 was found in Lynn Creek near the North Shore Hiking Trail on May 29th. Friends and family last saw Athwal on May 20th in the Lynn Valley area.

Police are waiting for autopsy  results to determine the cause of death.
More to come…
IHIT said autopsy results for Jastinder Athwal have ruled out foul play. Vancouver RCMP continue to investigate.

Kennith King-Lok Leung Shot to death in his SUV

Vancouver Police were called to the 500-block of West 27th Avenue after receiving 911 calls of multiple shots fired on May 16th at around 10:30pm.

Police arrived to find 23 year old Kennith King-Lok Leung who was known to police in his SUV. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call the Vancouver Police or Crime Stoppers.

Christopher Denis Kwik found dead inside Vancouver Apartment

Police are investigating a murder in the South Granville neighbourhood in a Historical building. A man was found Saturday January 30th in an apartment around 11 p.m near the intersection of Granville and West Broadway.

Police are still at the scene investigating.

The death is being called Vancouver’s first homicide of 2016, however another death this month lead to a manslaughter charge. Read it here.

…More to come


Police said that Christopher Denis Kwik 40, was found shot in an apartment at 2425 Granville Street by a person who was checking on the unit. Kwik did not live there, police believe that he was shot earlier that day.

Alex Lefkove 19 charged with manslaughter after death of Christine Grube Lefkove 58

Police say Alex Lefkove 19, has been charged with manslaughter after the death of a 58 year old Christine Grube Lefkove, in North Vancouver.

Police say Christine Grube Lefkove was severely injured during a domestic dispute on January 25th, and died in the hospital two days later.

They aren’t disclosing the relationship between the victim and the accused, however said that they did indeed know each other.