In a tragic turn of events, the missing First Nations band councillor, Stephanie Patterson, has been found dead in a rural area in Mission. This news has left the entire community in mourning as they come to terms with the loss of a beloved member. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team revealed that a man has been arrested in connection with her murder, although no name has been released.
The Coquitlam RCMP had launched a search for Patterson after she and a 57-year-old man were reported missing last week. While the man was found safe earlier this week, the discovery of Patterson’s body has shattered the hopes of finding her alive. The community is now rallying together to support each other during this difficult time.
“This tragic event has affected the entire community,” expressed IHIT Sgt. Timothy Pierotti. He commended the Coquitlam RCMP for their dedication and efficient work in locating and apprehending a suspect. The RCMP’s relentless efforts have played a vital role in bringing some form of closure to the case.
The Kwikwetlem Nation, deeply saddened by the news, has asked for privacy for the family as they grieve and come to terms with the loss. Chief Ron Giesbrecht and Councillor George Chaffee from kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation expressed their gratitude to the RCMP for their diligence throughout the investigation.
As the community begins their healing journey, they request that the public and media respect their space and land. It is the time for remembrance, healing, and unity as they remember the life and contributions of Stephanie Patterson.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. Who is Stephanie Patterson?
Stephanie Patterson was a 44-year-old member of the council of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation.
2. What happened to Stephanie Patterson?
Stephanie Patterson went missing last week and was later found dead in a rural area in Mission.
3. What is the latest update on the case?
A man has been arrested in relation to Stephanie Patterson’s murder. However, no name has been released yet.
4. How is the community responding to this tragedy?
The community is deeply saddened and in mourning. They are coming together to support each other during this difficult time.
5. What support is available for those affected by this event?
Coquitlam RCMP’s victim services are available to provide support to anyone in need.