A murder charge has been laid in the case of a Japanese student whose body was found last September on the grounds of the Roger Mansion in Vancouver’s West End.
The man charged in relation to Natsumi Kogawa’s death now faces a charge of second-degree murder.
Vancouver Police confirm the previously laid charge of “indignity to a human body,” which William Victor Schneider faced, still stands.
Thirty-year-old Kogawa had come to Canada to study English. She had been living in Burnaby at the time of her death.
Surveillance of Kogawa with a man, identified as 48-year-old Schneider, led to his arrest in Vernon in September.
Schneider, who remains in custody, is believed to be well-known to police.
A man with the same name as his on the court services registry shows a slew of charges going back as far as 1997.