IHIT investigating a death after a suspicious fire lead them to a deceased person in Coquitlam

Coquitlam emergency crews responded to the 4000-block of Quarry Road in Minnekhada Regional Park on the report of a suspicious fire on March 10th at approximately 6:15am.

Emergency responders arrived and located a body. Police have not released the identity of the deceased at this time. Ms Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and has been charged with indignity to a dead body.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

Update March 18th
The IHIT is asking the public to assist its ongoing investigation into a suspicious death in Coquitlam. Police have learned that “36-year-old Pen Yun Ivy Chen of Port Coquitlam was a person of importance to the case and her current whereabouts is unknown. Ivy Chen is the sister of Tracy Chen, who has been charged in this investigation.” Police said Ivy Chen was last seen at a Canadian Tire located at 2830 Bentall Street in Vancouver on March 6, 2020.

Sergeant Frank Jang of IHIT said, “While we are unable to confirm if Ms. Ivy Chen was the victim in this case, we are interested in speaking with anyone who has had recent contact with her or has any information about her whereabouts.”

Update April 4th
An autopsy confirmed the identity of the body found in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park on March 10 as Ivy Chen. Ivy’s sister Tracy Chen was charged with 1st degree murder in her death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448).

The 2020 BC Homicide Victim List is available here