Media reports it a suspected suicide

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Police investigate the wreckage outside Taco Del Mar on West Broadway.

The co-owner of a Taco Del Mar that was destroyed in an arson on West Broadway was found dead in Squamish, police confirmed yesterday.

The body of Manjeet Nandha, 42, from Surrey, was found floating in the waters of Howe Sound on Friday, not far from where her Nissan Pathfinder was parked on the Sea-to-Sky highway.

Police would not say whether she committed suicide, but there are media reports she left a suicide note saying the scrutiny she and her family had experienced after the fire was too much to handle.

Her cause of death will be determined after an autopsy.

Nandha, who had three children, co-owned the Taco Del Mar with her husband, Harjit.

Vancouver police spokesman Const. Tim Fanning said it’s customary for business owners to be questioned after arson, but said the two weren’t considered suspects.

The man police believe to be responsible for the Feb. 14 explosion is in hospital with burns over 40 per cent of his body.

"The suspect … has very, very serious injuries and he’s going to be there between one and two moths," Fanning said, adding that police haven’t yet had the chance to question him.

"There’s a lot going on in the investigation, so certainly with (Nandha’s) death over the weekend that’s something else investigators will have to look at."

no more Starbucks

  • The explosion also destroyed a Starbucks next to the Taco Del Mar. The damage to the building is estimated at around $2 million.