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Body discovered in missing Mississauga woman's vehicle

Last Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 11:32 pm EDT

Friends and family of a missing woman are sick with worry after a body was discovered in her vehicle in Mississauga on Friday.

Const. George Tudos said the body was found with obvious signs of trauma by someone passing by in the area of Robert Speck Parkway near Hurontario Street around 1 p.m.

Police say the vehicle belongs to Ming-Chien (Teresa) Hsin, who was last seen on Wednesday around 4:30 p.m. in the area of Rathburn Road and Hurontario Street.

The homicide unit has taken over the investigation.

Police have yet to confirm the woman’s identity and say there is no concern for public safety at this time.

Ming-Chien, 56, is a prominent member of the Taiwanese community. She served as the president of the Taiwanese Merchants Association, and owns several Reflexology wellness centres.

Last November, friends say she was the victim of a near-fatal stabbing.

“You just don’t want to believe it’s real,” said family friend Alysha Day. “I don’t want to say that I hope it’s someone else because I never want to wish that on somebody.”

“Something is going on that nobody knows about.”

Tudos said the coroner has attended the scene and a post-mortem will be conducted before the identity of the woman is released.

“We have to confirm with the coroner who it is (and) after that we will notify the next of kin, so there’s still a few more stages before we release any information on who that deceased person is,” Tudos said.