Police wrapped up a search of Naomi Onotera’s residence Friday night, Sept. 24, in Langley City.
The side road that runs past her house at 200th Street and 50th Avenue was reopened to traffic after Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) investigators, with Langley RCMP and the Integrated Forensic Identification Section (IFIS) spent several days at the scene.
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IHIT Sgt. David Lee confirmed the search around the house was completed.
“The scene there is being closed,” Lee told the Langley Advance Times.
“The investigation is continuing. We are assessing the information obtained from this search as well as from all sources.”
Lee said there was no additional information IHIT can provide at this time.
“We thank the community for their patience and understand everyone is seeking answers,” Lee remarked, adding “other investigative avenues are still being followed up.”
When the search began, Lee cautioned that the “presence of officers, security and crime scene tape is not an indication of criminality of anyone living in the residence.”
“They are present to secure the preservation of evidence,” Lee said.
— IHIT (@HomicideTeam) September 15, 2021
A missing person alert for the 40-year-old mother was issued by RCMP on Aug. 30.
The investigation into her disappearance was turned over to the Langley RCMP’s serious crime unit on Sept. 1. and the IHIT is assisting.
In an effort to keep the spotlight on Onotera’s disappearance, friends of the Langley City woman held a vigil in her honour earlier this month at Sendall Gardens – just up the street from her 50th Avenue home.
Friend and colleague Maryann Eyjolfson described Onotera as “a professional, well-respected member of our school community. She is a mom, daughter, friend, niece, aunt, teacher, and so many other things, and she is needed at home.”
Eyjolfson said Onotera is a former kindergarten teacher at Katzie Elementary, who has been a teacher-librarian at the Surrey school for a number of years.
Anyone with information relating to the investigation is asked to call the tipline at 604-532-3398. Information requiring immediate response should be directed to the non-emergency line at 604-532-3200.
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