Nirla Sharma found dead; foul play not suspected

ON February 25, the New Westminster Police Department had asked for the public’s assistance in locating 44-year-old New Westminster resident Nirla Sharma.

On Sunday, April 26, at approximately 4 p.m., Burnaby RCMP contacted the New Westminster Police Department after reports of a deceased person who was believed to be Nirla Sharma. She was located along the shoreline of the Fraser River on the border of New Westminster and Burnaby.

New Westminster Police Major Crime Unit detectives and BC Coroner Service attended the scene to investigate. Investigators believe that the deceased person is Sharma.

“This is a tragic conclusion in the search for Mrs. Sharma. At this time, there is no evidence of foul play, but the cause of death is yet to be determined,” said New Westminister Sgt. Jeff Scott. “The New Westminster Police Victim Assistance Unit is providing support to the family during this very difficult and sad time. We would like to thank the public for their efforts and assistance, and we understand that this news is difficult for everyone.”

New Westminster Police Major Crime Unit detectives will work with the BC Coroner Service in the coming days to determine the cause of death.