11/13/2014 04:08 EST | Updated 01/13/2015 05:59 EST

Human Remains Found In B.C. 2 Years Ago Identified As Woman From Iran


NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - Human remains found in North Vancouver, B.C., more than two years ago have been identified as a 31-year-old woman from Iran, and now police say they are looking for new leads in her murder.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced Thursday that the remains discovered in August 2012 near a gravel path were those of Fatemah Norouzy-Pooresfahany, who may have used the name Sara Norouzy in Canada.

Sgt. Jennifer Pound said police believe the victim was alive at the end of July that year.

"We no longer need to concentrate our efforts on identifying Sara," Pound said in a news release.

"IHIT will now move forward with any and all evidence gathering in order to find out who is responsible for her murder and bring them to justice."

Pound said Norouzy-Pooresfahany lived with her mother in North Vancouver for several years before both returned to Iran.

Norouzy-Pooresfahany returned to Canada alone in 2011 and had little contact with her mother, Pound said.

She had no fixed address, occasionally stayed at homeless shelters and is believed to have frequented Burnaby and North Vancouver.

Pound said the victim's mother returned to Canada this past September and began searching for her daughter, contacting the RCMP in North Vancouver.

Norouzy-Pooresfahany's identity was confirmed after a DNA analysis, Pound said.

She said investigators are looking for anyone with information on Norouzy-Pooresfahany and want to identify her associates and friends so they can piece together her final days.

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