First-degree murder charge laid in death of Ivy Chen

ON March 10 at 6:16 a.m., a woman’s body was found in Coquitlam’s Minnekhada Regional Park.  Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at the scene and later charged with indignity to a dead body.  She has been in custody since her arrest.   

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) said it worked tirelessly to gather evidence and advance the investigation since its onset.  An autopsy was completed and the victim was definitively identified as Tracy Chen’s sister, Pen Yun Ivy Chen. 

Investigators forwarded a comprehensive disclosure package for charge approval consideration and on April 3, Tracy Chen was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ivy Chen by the BC Prosecution Service.  Tracy Chen will make her next court appearance on April 6. 

“In spite of the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our investigators pushed forward and got the job done,” said IHIT Sgt. Frank Jang.  “IHIT operations continue without disruption and the resolve of our investigators remains strong as demonstrated by the positive outcome in this case.” 

IHIT said no further information will be released as the matter is now before the court.