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Body of missing teen found in Chilliwack

The body of Rachel Pernosky of Mission was found in the 43000-block of Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack Tuesday night. - Jenna Hauck photo
The body of Rachel Pernosky of Mission was found in the 43000-block of Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack Tuesday night.
— image credit: Jenna Hauck photo

The body of missing teen Rachel Pernosky was found in Chilliwack, near Old Orchard Road Tuesday afternoon, three days after she was reported missing, say police.

An autopsy will be conducted to confirm the cause of her death.

Search and Rescue crews helped recover the body from the steep terrain, where police continue to hold the scene and process evidence Wednesday.

Police do not have any suspects or motive, but believe the attack was not random.

“Rachel was just 18 years old and a mother of a baby when her life was brutally taken from her. The person(s) who murdered her have left a hole in the lives of those who loved her, and child who will be without his mom, “said Sgt. Jennifer Pound, IHIT spokesperson, in a press release.

Pernosky was last seen around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday at her home in the 7700 block of Kite Street, wearing jeans with jewels on the back pockets and a purple sweater. Her purse was left in the residence as well as her cell phone.

Mission Mounties contacted IHIT on March 18 because of the suspicious nature of the case.

A person in the area of the 43400 block of Old Orchard Road in Chilliwack noticed the body and called police.

Mission Search and Rescue scoured her neighbourhood for signs of the missing teen Monday.

A small corner of Lougheed Highway and Hurd Street was cordoned off and the Mission landfill was closed for several hours Monday morning as police worked the missing person report.

Volunteers cleaning up the northeast corner of the highway on Sunday had picked up some clothing and brought it to the landfill, according to police. It was later determined the clothing matched a description provided by the family.

The landfill was re-opened after police located the items and were able to determine the clothing found was not related to the case.

Anyone with information about Rachel Pernosky's death is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 778-290-5290, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you want to remain anonymous.

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