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Police activity in Vernon’s Polson Park remains unexplained

Police examine a wooded area in Polson Park Sept. 29, 2016.
September 30, 2016 - 4:41 PM

VERNON - It remains unknown whether recent police activity in Polson Park is connected to the arrest of a suspect in a Lower Mainland homicide investigation.

Police cordoned off a wooded trail in Polson Park, just off Highway 97 in Vernon, yesterday, Sept. 29. An RCMP spokesperson would only say two scenes were being examined as part of an ongoing police investigation. No further details were released.

Today, Sept. 30, the Vancouver Police Department announced an update in the case of a missing Japanese student. Natsumi Kogawa was found dead on the property of an empty Vancouver heritage mansion the evening of Sept. 28. Hours later, the RCMP arrested William Victor Schneider in Vernon.

A regional spokesperson for the RCMP referred to Const. Brian Montague with the Vancouver Police Department. Const. Montague sent the following statement in response to our inquiry about the relationship between Schneider’s arrest, and the police activity in Polson Park.

“Unfortunately we are not able to share any information regarding the arrest of Mr. Schneider beyond that it occurred in Vernon at about 10 minutes before midnight on Sept. 28 – about four to five hours after the body of Ms. Kogawa was found in Vancouver.”

Montague says the investigation is still very active.

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