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Coroner links missing woman, human remains through DNA in B.C. cold case

BURNABY, B.C. — Skeletal remains found nearly nine years ago on an island off British Columbia's Sunshine Coast have been identified through DNA analysis.

The BC Coroners Service says Burnaby resident Lan Ping Leung, also known as Monica Tam, went missing in 2006, but her absence wasn't reported by a friend until 2007.

The coroner says an intensive investigation failed to locate any sign of Leung.

A lighthouse keeper on Merry Island, near the community of Halfmoon Bay, spotted skeletal remains on Dec. 30, 2006, but they remained unidentified.

They were linked to Leung through DNA analysis during a recent review of cases by the coroners service and the BC Police Missing Persons Centre.

The coroners service is continuing its investigation.

The Canadian Press

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