Homicide team believes Coquitlam death a murder-suicide

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says following the suspicious death of 22-year-old woman on Eagleridge Drive Friday, it has now recovered the body of a woman known to the victim from Buntzen Lake.

A 22-year-old woman was found dead at Eagleridge Drive Friday, 2nd body recovered from Buntzen Lake Saturday

IHIT says the suspicious death involving a 22-year-old woman at this residence on Eagleridge Drive in Coquitlam on Friday, July 15, 2016 is now believed to be a murder-suicide after a woman known to her was found dead in Buntzen Lake. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says following the suspicious death of 22-year-old woman at a home on Eagleridge Drive Friday, officers have now recovered the body of a female suspect from Buntzen Lake.

"While evidence gathered suggests this to be a tragic case of murder/suicide, there remains much work to be done," said Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound in a release.

Police were first called to the 1100-block of Eagleridge Drive just before 5 p.m. PT Friday, for reports of a woman in medical distress.

The woman was found dead and IHIT was called onto the case after foul play was suspected. 

Neighbours and friends of the two deceased women, who they say were a mother and daughter, came to the crime scene on Saturday, July 16, 2016 to reflect on the tragedy and place roses on the property. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

"A female suspect, known to the victim, was identified and had left the scene in a vehicle prior to police attendance." said IHIT's release.

The agency worked with Coquitlam RCMP, Air1 and Coquitlam Search and Rescue to locate the suspect's vehicle at Buntzen Lake on Saturday where the woman was found deceased. Her body was recovered from the water.

"The family is cooperating and are attempting to process this traumatic loss as best as they can," said the release.

Names of the deceased have not been released, however neighbours and friends who came to the crime scene on Saturday to reflect on the tragedy and place flowers on the property said the two women were a mother and her daughter.

"I'm in shock because I talk to her everyday," said one friend who only gave her name as Elda to CBC News. "All my neighbours are in shock, not just me."