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Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:30AM PST Last Updated Thursday, November 17, 2016 3:40PM PST
The search for a missing mom suffering from post-partum depression has come to a tragic end after her body was discovered in the waters near B.C.’s Bowen Island.
Florence Leung, 32, vanished on October 25 after driving away from her New Westminster home, leaving her home unlocked and her loved ones desperate to find her.
The new mother and registered nurse had been showing signs of anxiety since giving birth to her first child two-and-a-half months ago and had been seeking treatment for depression. She left her medication at home.
On Wednesday, a Facebook page dedicated to finding her confirmed their worst fears: she had been found dead.
“It is with great sadness to tell everyone that Florence Leung has been found. Police notified husband Kim Chen and family earlier today of the discovery. We ask that everyone at the moment respect the family’s privacy and we will release more details as they become available. We thank you all for your prayers, love and support at this very difficult time,” it said.
New Westminster Police say Leung’s body was found Tuesday, and foul play is not suspected.
Acting Sgt. Jeff Scott called her death “a tragic turn of events.”
Leung was last seen buying food at convenience store in Vancouver’s West End the same day she disappeared.
Her abandoned Audi SUV was later discovered in Stanley Park near Prospect Point. The spot held strong significance for her husband: He and his wife went there to take in the scenery several days after she was discharged from hospital, and it was the first time he’d seen her smile in several weeks.
The Facebook page dedicated to Florence has also turned into a catharsis for those struggling with postpartum depression, which the Canadian Mental Health Association says can affect 8-12 per cent of new mothers.