Sister of woman found dead last month is accused of first-degree murder

COQUITLAM, B.C. — A first-degree murder charge has been laid against the sister of a woman whose body was found in a Coquitlam, B.C., park last month.

RCMP say Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested in Minnekhada Regional Park on March 10 at the scene of where Ivy Chen's body was found.

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She was originally charged with indignity to a dead body and has been in custody since her arrest.

Police say the B.C. Prosecution service approved the additional charge of first-degree murder on Friday.

Sgt. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says investigations continue without disruption despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tracy Chen's next court appearance is Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 4, 2020.

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