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Missing woman's body found, husband charged

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The body of a missing 27-year-old Burnaby woman has been found and her husband charged with her murder, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) announced Sunday.

The body of an Asian female was recovered Aug. 27 from the Fraser River near the west end of Steveston in Richmond. Following an autopsy, IHIT confirmed the body was that of Yating "Lancy" Hu and that foul play was involved.

Her estranged husband, Zhongming “James” Mou, 35, has been charged with first-degree murder. He was to appear in court in Port Coquitlam on the morning of Sept. 12.

IHIT is now able to release details of their investigation into the disappearance of Hu, the mother of two small children. The details were kept from the families and public in order to advance the investigation, said IHIT.

To protect the integrity of the investigation, the fact Hu's body had been found was not made public to allow investigators to use a variety of techniques in their gathering of sufficient evidence for a charge to be laid.

"This is a tragic outcome for the family of Lancy Hu," said IHIT spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Pound in a press release. "IHIT is now focused on the court process and providing the evidence collected through the course of the investigation. It is possible the Hu family will find some closure now that their daughter/mother has been located and may be put to rest."

The children have been the care of James Mou's parents since his arrest. The Ministry of Child and Family Development is monitoring the situation. Currently the children are in the care of Zhongming (James) MOU’s parents and have been since the arrest of MOU.  MCFD are continually assessing the situation.

Hu was originally believed to have been last seen on the evening of July 15, when her husband said he dropped her off at her Metrotown-area apartment. He reported her missing on July 18 after he said she missed several appointments they had together and he couldn't contact her to return their two small children after the weekend.

Her husband later said he last saw her July 16 leaving the home they shared in Coquitlam.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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