Ashley Chauvin (inset) had moved to B.C. from Ontario on the July 14 weekend and was found dead a few days later.

Family appeals for answers after young mom found dead in South Surrey

Ashley Chauvin's mother hopes that if it is determined the 20-year-old took her own life, others can learn from the tragedy.

The mother of the young woman whose body was found last week near the banks of the Nicomekl River is appealing to anyone who may have seen the 20-year-old in the days before her death.

Carmen Chauvin-Perron told Peace Arch News this week that she last spoke to her daughter on July 15, shortly after Ashley Chauvin arrived in B.C. from Elliott Lake, Ont.

Ashley’s last contact with family was two days later, on the Tuesday evening, when she spoke on the phone with her aunt in Campbell River.

Her body was found late Thursday afternoon.

“The police, they have her whereabouts and who she spoke with up to Tuesday,” Chauvin-Perron said from her home in Sudbury, Ont. “It’s still a mystery as to how she would have got there and why she was at that point.

“I pray to God that nobody did something intentionally or hurt her in any way.”

Chauvin-Perron is hopeful that by sharing Ashley’s name and photo, the mystery can be solved.

“It’s the not knowing that’s hard to cope with,” she said. “Maybe somebody saw something. It could help the investigation.”

Police were called to the 15500-block of 40 Avenue around 4:30 p.m. July 19, after a passerby who was in the area looking for fishing spots found Ashley.

It was the same day that a friend reported Ashley missing, after losing contact with her online.

An autopsy found no obvious signs of foul play, and police are now hoping a toxicology report will confirm the cause of death.

Chauvin-Perron said her daughter – who has a young daughter of her own – had moved to B.C. because she wanted a fresh start in life.

She described Ashley as someone who had a good family, liked to make friends and had a lot of people who loved her.

“She loved to love people and loved to be loved,” Chauvin-Perron said. “She had good intentions and a good heart.”

When they spoke on the Sunday, Ashley was “upbeat, sounding positive and happy.” Her conversation Tuesday was about getting together to celebrate her aunt’s birthday.

While Chauvin-Perron suspects her daughter – who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder – may have died of a drug overdose, she believes that if that is found to be the case, Ashley likely didn’t intend to take her own life.

And if suicide is deemed the cause of death, Ashley’s mother hopes that others can learn from it and learn to recognize the signs and ask for help before it’s too late.

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

Family and friends will bid a final farewell to Ashley Thursday during a service in Sudbury, Ont. A trust fund has been set up for her 15-month-old daughter, Emma.


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