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IHIT takes over case of missing Surrey woman who vanished in May

Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 4:52 pm PDT

San Li Liao was last seen leaving work on May 26, 2017 (Photo courtesy: IHIT)

Homicide unit called in after 54-year-old woman disappeared back in May

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The disappearance of a woman in Surrey back in May has now been deemed a possible homicide by police.

San Li Liao, 54, was last seen on the 26th of that month, leaving her workplace at a mattress store near Highway 10 and 152nd Street.

Her green 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan, with the BC license plate 731XEJ, was found near the Guildford Rec Centre on May 29th.

San Li Liao was last seen leaving her work on May 26, 2017. Her minivan was later found near the Guildford Recreation Centre. (Photo courtesy: IHIT)

Investigators aren’t saying why they believe she was killed — only saying she remains missing and foul play is suspected.

The family made a public appeal back in June, in hopes anyone who had seen or heard from Li Liao would come forward.

“We are very worried and anxious of her well-being because this is very out of character for her. She has never gone missing before and would never travel long without letting us know,” said her daughter Cindy Chang.

She adds the situation has been hard on the family. “Everyone is very concerned and worried about her well-being and it is very upsetting for us to imagine any possible outcomes. Her safe return would mean the world to our family because without her our family wold never be complete.”

Liao is described as Asian, 5’1″ tall, 110 lbs., with a thin build, long shoulder length brown hair, brown eyes and she wears glasses. Police never had a description of the clothes she was last seen wearing.

“Police have conducted an extensive investigation to locate Ms. Liao but she remains missing and foul play is suspected in her disappearance,” says IHIT Corporal Frank Jang. “There have been no other cases like Ms. Liao’s that have been reported to the police and investigators continue to pursue leads that may answer the many questions remaining.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1.877.551.IHIT (4448) or call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477).