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.
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.
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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.