Natsumi Kogawa, Missing Japanese Student, Found Dead In Vancouver
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Natsumi Kogawa, Missing Japanese Student, Found Dead In Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The body of a missing 30-year-old Japanese woman has been found on the grounds of an empty heritage mansion in Vancouver's West End.

Vancouver Police Acting Sgt. Brian Montague confirms the body is that of Natsumi Kogawa, who was last seen Sept. 7, in Burnaby.


(Photo: Vancouver Police Dept.)

Montague also says 48-year-old William Schneider was arrested in Vernon, B.C., about 12 hours after the body was located.

Schneider, of no fixed address, is charged with indignity to a human body and remains in custody while the investigation is ongoing.


(Photo: Vancouver Police Dept.)

Montague could not offer any information about the relationship between the two.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine when and how Kogawa died, but few other details can be released.

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William Victor Schneider (49) originally from Vernon, BC charged with 2nd Degree Murder on Feb.10th 2017 in relation to Natsumi Kogawa has also been charged with Attempted Sexual Assault in an unrelated incident that is alleged to have occurred Sept.28th 2016 in Vernon, B.C..

Sworn date for that charge was Jan.31.2017

The date of the sexual assault attempt is the same day he was arrested in Vernon for Indignity to a Body charge (in relation to Natsumi) Sept.28th 2016.

He appeared in court Feb.16th in Vernon, BC for this ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT charge. His next appearance is scheduled March 30th 2017 in Vernon for this charge.

SCHNEIDER has remained in custody at the North Fraser Pretrial facility in Port Coquitlam since his arrest in Vernon on Sept.28th 2016.

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