Man charged after body of Japanese student found at downtown Vancouver mansion
Natsumi Kogawa had been missing for 3 weeks
Vancouver police have confirmed one man has been charged after the body of missing Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa was found at a mansion in Vancouver's West End.
Kogawa's body was discovered at the historic downtown building known as the Gabriola Mansion shortly before 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
William Victor Schneider, 48, was arrested in Vernon, B.C., just before midnight the same day and charged with indignity to a human body. He remains in custody.
Police have confirmed he is the man seen with Kogawa in a widely distributed surveillance photo and there are no other suspects in this case.
Schneider has been previously charged with armed robbery, theft, possession of a controlled substance, breach of probation, break and enter, assault with a weapon and mischief.
Kogawa, 30, was last heard from by friends on Sept. 8, and had been the subject of a high-profile missing persons campaign. She had come to Vancouver to study English.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
With files from Farrah Merali