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post #12 of (permalink) Old 03-17-2005, 10:34 PM
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Coquitlam RCMP have identified the body of a woman found Wednesday morning on a rural Coquitlam road.

The body of Young Soon Koh, 44, was found about three kilometres up Quarry Road near the foot of Burke Mountain. She was discovered by a city worker in bushes alongside the road.

She had been reported missing to North Vancouver RCMP on May 24.

RCMP said next of kin have been notified.

"At this time, the police are working closely with the victim's family to try and establish her whereabouts over the past few days," Const. Jane Baptista said in a news release Friday.

Because Koh was of Korean descent, RCMP contacted the Korean Consulate. Baptista could not say if Koh was a new Canadian.

Police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

"We have conducted an autopsy, but at this time we're not releasing the cause of death," Baptista said. Investigators from Coquitlam, North Vancouver and the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team are working on the case.

Koh is the second murder victim in Coquitlam this year.

"It's the second one our detachment is investigating," Baptista said. "But where everything happened and when, I can't say."

Seventeen-year-old Christian Kwee, Coquitlam's first homicide in 2003, was gunned down in a North Road Internet Cafe in January. Police have not laid charges in his death.

On Dec. 7, the body of 19-year-old Breann Voth was found on the bank of the Coquitlam River by young hikers. Police believe she was abducted and killed as she walked to catch a bus on her way to work around 6 a.m. in Port Coquitlam.

An intensive RCMP investigation followed, with more than 100 leads given to police by the public.

Police found a DNA sample near Voth's body, but over five months later, no arrests have been made.

RCMP Cpl. Tom James couldn't say if the two slayings are linked.

"It's too early tell anything like that," James said. "It's just too early in the investigation."

Koh's body was found a few kilometres from the now infamous Pickton pig farm. Last year, Port Coquitlam made international headlines with the arrest of Robert William Pickton in connection with the disappearance of women from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Pickton, who faces 16 first-degree murder charges, will be back in court on June 30 when the preliminary hearing resumes after a two-month hiatus.
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