Sunday, July 26, 2009


Oldtown News

VANCOUVER (CBC) - Vancouver police have identified the city's 15th homicide of the year as a sex-trade worker who lived in the Downtown Eastside.

Lisa Arlene Francis, also known as Lisa Arlene Kireche, 41, was found dead Thursday in the Fraser River, near the 9100 block of Bentley Street.

Homicide investigators are asking the public to share any information they might have about Francis, who was last seen July 10.

Francis was reported missing July 17 by someone who worked in the building she lived in, Const. Jana McGuinness said.

"They were concerned and called our missing persons unit," McGuinness said. "A report was filed and attempts to locate the woman since July 17 were unsuccessful; and then, sadly, the link was made that she, in fact, is the [deceased] person."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Vancouver police at 604-717-2500.