25-year-old woman missing from Coquitlam found dead on Downtown Eastside

Photos of Kwem Manuel-Gottfriedson were being shared on social media while she was missing. Social media poster

A missing Indigenous woman who’d been living in Coquitlam, B.C., has been found dead on the Downtown Eastside.

Kwem Manuel-Gottfriedson was found dead on July 30 inside a building near East Hastings Street and Hawks Avenue.

Vancouver police confirmed Tuesday that Manuel-Gottfriedson’s death is now being investigated by the Vancouver police major crime section.

The BC Coroners Service is also investigating, police said.

The family of Manuel-Gottfriedson, originally from the Okanagan, told Global News on Sunday that her disappearance is completely out of character and that she did not frequent the Downtown Eastside.

A missing person’s poster for Kwem Manuel-Gottfriedson that was being shared on social media. Social media poster
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Her body was found just one block away from where the remains of teenager Noelle O’Soup and another woman in her 30s were discovered in May.

A man’s body was found on Feb. 23 at the same unit as O’Soup and the woman.

There is nothing to suggest any of these cases are linked.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Kwem Manuel-Gottfriedson was from the Okanagan and living in Coquitlam when she went missing. 

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