British Columbia

Coquitlam area murder-suicide involved a mother and daughter, say friends

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team tracked a vehicle to Buntzen Lake near Anmore B.C. and recovered the 2nd body following the suspicious death of a 22-year-old on Eagleridge Drive in Coquitlam B.C.

'She was so sweet, so sweet' said friend of 22-year-old young woman found dead

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)

An apparent murder-suicide in Coquitlam B.C. has left neighbours and family of a mother and daughter stricken.

Friends told CBC the mother struggled with depression.

"I ask all the moms if you are sick or depressed you know you talk [to somebody]! It's so sad," said a neighbour who told CBC her name was Elda.

"I want to respect her as my friend. She's a good woman in a bit of a bad situation," said a sobbing neighbour who only used her first name, Yvette.

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)

A 22-year-old was found dead in the Coquitlam B.C. home with injuries "consistent with foul play" the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said.

Investigators then identified an older female suspect and tracked her vehicle to the Buntzen Lake area where a body was found and recovered around 6 a.m. PT July 16.

Evidence suggests the deaths were a murder-suicide, said Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

The younger woman was preparing to attended Douglas College in September, and had an interest in makeup artistry.

"She was so sweet, so sweet. My boys adored her," said friend Yvette.

"There remains much work to be done," said 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. IHIT then tracked the suspect's vehicle early Saturday morning.

The two women were well known in their church, and beloved by friends. (Doug Kerr/CBC)

The agency worked with Coquitlam RCMP, Air1 and Coquitlam Search and Rescue to locate the older  suspect's vehicle at Buntzen Lake.

"The family is cooperating and are attempting to process this traumatic loss as best as they can," said an earlier police 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 Elda. "All my neighbours are in shock, not just me."