The remains were discovered in August 2012, partially concealed near the 2000 block of Curling Road. Police attempted to use a sketch and a 3D facial reconstruction model to help link the remains to an identity.
Today, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed that the victim is 31–year–old Fatemah Norouzy–Pooresfahany, who also went by the name Sara Norouzy.
"IHIT has concentrated our efforts on identifying the victim and now we must concentrate on gathering evidence and information to tell us her story," said IHIT spokeswoman Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound.
Norouzy, who is originally from Iran, had been living in Canada with her mother until both women moved back to Iran.
Then, three years later, Norouzy returned to Canada by herself.
Homicide investigators believe that she would sometimes stay at homeless shelters and spent time in Burnaby and North Vancouver.
Her mother lost contact with her and came back to Canada last month and attempted to find her with the help of North Vancouver RCMP.
That led police to identify the human remains as Norouzy's using DNA analysis.
Police say Norouzy was last seen alive at the end of July 2012 and her remains were found less than three weeks later.
Investigators are looking to speak anyone who has any information about Sara Norouzy's lifestyle and friends to find out what happened to her.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT tipline at 1–877–551–4448, or to contact CrimeStoppers at 1–800–222–8477 to leave an anonymous tip.