Vancouver Police have confirmed the body found at the old Roger Mansion in the West End on Wednesday is that of missing Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa, a foreign national studying in Vancouver who has been missing since September 7.
She was found dead on Wednesday.
An autopsy is being performed next Monday.
Vancouver police have not been able to say what led officers to Roger Mansion.
A 48 year-old man man arrested in relation to the case, he was apprehended in Vernon.
He’s been identified as William Victor Schneider.
Police confirm he was the same man seen in a surveillance video with Kogawa released earlier this week.
Schneider has been charged with indignity to a body.
Schneider has no fixed address. No immediate details on if he was known to police.
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Friends said at the time of the 29-year-old’s disappearance she was an experienced traveler and it was out of character for her to be out of contact for a lengthy period of time.
Even though police were not able to confirm if Schneider was known to police, a man by the same name has faced multiple charges in the past.
Court Records show that a man with the same name as the one facing charges related to the death Natsumi Kogawa has had multiple encounters with police.
The documents show that a William Victor Schneider, born in 1967, has previously faced multiple charges -including robbery, assault, break and enter, and assault with a weapon.
He’s been imprisoned in the past for more than one occasion.
Some of the charges go as far back as 1997.
Family and friends remember Kogawa
Condolences are pouring in online for the 30-year-old student.
One of Kogawa’s close friends Jay Vergara says, “It is a very dark time for me right now and the words I am writing right now cannot possibly convey my sadness. My greatest hope right now is that the person who did this to Natsumi will be swiftly and severely brought to justice.”
Kelly Orchuck posted on Facebook, “You all did your best to find Natsumi, and you should take comfort in the fact that she had such an amazing circle of friends that loved her so much.”