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UPDATED: Body found near Coquitlam River identified

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Coquitlam RCMP identified the body of an elderly woman found on a hiking trail near the Coquitlam River Saturday as that of 75-year-old Donna Rasmussen, who had been missing from her home for several days.

Police do not believe foul play was involved in the woman’s death but their investigation is continuing.

Rasmussen was last seen leaving her Suffolk Avenue home in Port Coquitlam for a walk shortly after noon on Tuesday, April 26. When she did not return home by 4 p.m. as expected, Rasmussen’s daughter phoned the police, who conducted ground and aerial searches throughout the week.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Hegedus told The Tri-City News that local residents walking on a trail near the Coquitlam River discovered a woman’s body at approximately 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

Coquitlam RCMP and BC Coroner’s Service attended the scene and later identified the woman as Rasmussen. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

In other news, a 39-year-old Port Coquitlam man, Adrien Brouillard, who had been missing since April 22, returned home safely on his own late on the afternoon of April 28, according to the Coquitlam RCMP.

 

tcoyne@tricitynews.com

 

 

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