Canada Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang, missing since March, found dead

17:40  19 may  2017
17:40  19 may  2017 Source:   vancouversun.com

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Nanaimo RCMP say they’ve found the body of missing Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang and believe she was murdered. She was last seen in Nanaimo on March 17. She was reported missing by her family on March 22.

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Nanaimo RCMP say they’ve found the body of missing Nanaimo teen Makayla Chang and believe she was murdered.

She was last seen in Nanaimo on March 17. She was reported missing by her family on March 22.

Police are now investigating Chang’s apparent death as a homicide; they do not believe the public is at risk. The Nanaimo Serious Crime Unit is leading the investigation.

“This remains a priority investigation with dedicated resources tasked with determining the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and murder of Chang,” Nanaimo RCMP said in a statement.

At one point a report suggested she might have travelled as far as Montreal, but police discounted that report.

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CTV News - 20 May 2017 RCMP have found the body of a Nanaimo teenager missing for nearly two months and are now investigating the death as a homicide. Makayla Chang was last seen in Nanaimo on March 17. She was reported missing on March 22.

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In early April, police located Steven Bacon, the 53 year old believed to have been with 16-year-old Chang when she disappeared.

A police spokesman would not say where Bacon was located or whether he had been with Chang or knew of her whereabouts.

Her grandmother told CTV News that Chang spent time with Bacon on and off but that she warned her against accepting gifts from him. The police searched Bacon’s Nanaimo home, a basement suite, more than once.

According to the Victoria Times Colonist, in the days following her disappearance, police received hundreds of tips.

Bacon’s daughter, Allison Bacon, told the Times Colonist in early April she has not seen her father for two years but was concerned that he might not be mentally stable.

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Makayla Chang , 16, was found dead in May, more than two months after she went missing . Police are treating her death as a homicide. Body of missing teen Makayla Chang found in Nanaimo , homicide suspected.

Makayla Chang was a 16 year-old teenager from Nanaimo who had been missing from her hometown for several months. Death . On May 18th, 2017, Makayla 's remains were found and retrieved for further investigation. Article about the missing teenager going dead .

She said she was told that her father has said that his daughter killed herself, and that he was calling Chang by a pet name he called Allison as a child.

“[He] even went so far as to call her ‘baby bird,’ which is what he called me. I just want this girl home safe and back to her grandmother,” she said.

Police said Chang’s family “is asking for privacy during this difficult time.”

with files from The Victoria Times Colonist

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