Missing woman found dead
Bob Mackin, Glacier Media – May 6, 2022 / 5:26 p.m. | History: 368281
Photo: VDP | Vigil March for Chelsea Poorman/Facebook
The remains of Chelsea Poorman were discovered outside an empty house in Shaughnessy.
The day after the annual commemoration of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Vancouver police confirmed they found the remains of a missing 24-year-old Cree woman on the grounds of a Shaughnessy mansion.
Chelsea Poorman, a member of Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, was last seen by her sister at an apartment in Granville and Drake on September 6, 2020. Poorman was reported missing two days later, but Vancouver police only went public with the case in September. 18. 2020.
Police do not believe Poorman died of foul play. They believe she died shortly after her disappearance.
The announcement explains why major crime investigators were on site April 22 and 23 at the mansion on the south side of quiet, cherry blossom-lined 36th Avenue west of bustling Granville Street.
On the afternoon of April 23, a reporter photographed three marked VPD cruisers, the forensic unit van and two white utility trucks. The doors to the vacant, under-renovation mansion were behind yellow police tape. No vehicles were parked in the driveway. Instead, a pile of construction debris at the rear of the property.
An officer was seen walking away from the scene with two machetes. Another officer in a white jumpsuit placed a green tarp in a white van.
An officer at the scene said police had been there for two days but referred a reporter to the media office. Cpl. Tania Visintin would only say the police were there for an ongoing investigation and there was no risk to the public.
Ryan Panton of the BC Coroners Service declined to confirm or deny the coroner was called. On May 6, however, Panton said the coroner was investigating, but was unable to provide further information while the inquest remained open.
The nine-room mansion was valued at $7.1 million last year and registered in September 2014 in the name of Long Zhou, businessman and housewife of Jiayu Bu. A temporary orange lattice fence near the sidewalk features a sign for contractor Comfort Development of Richmond.
Owner Victor Chow referred a reporter to a colleague named Kenny, who declined to comment on the incident and did not respond if the registered owners were in Vancouver.
Photo: Bob Mackin
Vancouver police investigators on scene April 23 at a vacant mansion being renovated at 1536 W. 36th. They confirmed on May 6 that this is where they found the body of Chelsea Poorman, 24, who went missing in September 2020