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Murder Charges Laid in Death of Japanese Student

A charge of second degree murder has been laid against William Victor Schneider in relation to the death of Japanese student Natsumi Kogawa.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on September 28th, 2016, police discovered the deceased body of Ms. Kogawa on the property of the Davie Street mansion near Nicola Street. She had been reported missing on September 12th, 2016.

Forty-nine-year-old William Schneider was arrested by the RCMP in Vernon, B.C., on the same day that Ms. Kogawa’s body was located. At the time, he was charged with indignity to a human body. Crown Counsel has now laid an additional charge of second degree murder. He remains in custody.

As the case is currently before the courts, there is no further information to share at this time.