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Estranged husband enters guilty plea in wife's death

A 36-year-old man has pled guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster to the 2011 murder of mother-of-two Yating "Lancy" Hu.

Zhongming James Mou, Hu's estranged husband, pled guilty Tuesday afternoon to the second-degree murder in Hu's death, according to Integrated Homicide Investigation Team's Sgt. Jennifer Pound.

"Lancy Hu is missed by her family including her parents and her young boys," Pound said. "This tragedy will require endless healing for those who loved her. IHIT works tirelessly for homicide victims and their families who forever have their lives changed."

The body of Hu, a Coquitlam mother-of-two, was found in the waters off Steveston in late August of 2011 by two boaters who were out fishing, and spotted a suitcase.

According to Pound, Hu and Mou were experiencing marital problems and Hu moved out of the family home in Coquitlam and to a home in Burnaby.

But she was last seen leaving the Coquitlam condo she once shared with Mou in July of 2011, and he was the last person to see her alive.

The couple's two children had been in the care of Mou's parents, who reportedly live in Richmond.

Investigators initially suspected foul play.

Although they had discovered Hu's body in late August of 2011, they did not publicly disclose that information, and instead conducted their investigation.

Mou was initially charged with first-degree murder.

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