Body found in Vancouver mansion ID'd as missing Japanese student
Published Friday, September 30, 2016 1:37PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 30, 2016 7:20PM EDT
Police have confirmed the discovery of the body of missing Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa, at a mansion in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood.
Officers found Kogawa’s remains at Gabriola House, a well-known heritage building on Davie Street near Nicola Street, shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. A 48-year-old man is in custody.
Sgt. Brian Montague of the Vancouver Police Department said, at a press conference Friday, that the 30-year-old student was last seen in Burnaby on Sept. 8. She was reported missing on Sept. 12.
Montague said, because of a publication ban, they couldn’t provide any more details about the evidence against the suspect, his relationship to Kogawa or what led officers to the Gabriola House mansion. There was a heavy police presence at the property on Wednesday night, which lasted throughout the next day as investigators collected evidence.
Earlier this month, Jay Vergara told CTV Vancouver that his friend Kogawa had been studying English at the Kaplan International English School in Vancouver.
William Victor Schneider was arrested by the RCMP shortly before midnight on Wednesday in Vernon, B.C. He has been charged with indignity to a human body. Police also confirmed that Schneider is the same man seen with Kogawa in surveillance video images that Burnaby Police released earlier this week. The surveillance images show Kogawa and Schneider walking in downtown Vancouver near Seymour and Hastings streets on the afternoon of Sept. 8. Montague said Schneider has lived in several communities in British Columbia and he has no fixed address.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, and that they are not looking for any other suspects in relation to the case. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.