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Husband of missing woman charged with threatening her

Charged for threatening wife

The husband of a New Westminster mother who disappeared this week was charged with threatening his wife in January.

CTV News reports Rishi Deo Sharma was charged late last month for uttering threats against his wife Nirla Sharma. He was released on bail, with conditions not to contact Nirla or their children.

After Nirla disappeared early Monday morning, sparking a search, Rishi was charged with breaching his bail conditions. None of the charges against Rishi has been proven in court.

The couple's daughter told CTV News she believes the charges against her father have nothing to do with her mother's disappearance, and police say they currently have no suspects in the case.

“At this point, this is a missing persons investigation,” New Westminster Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Jeff Scott told CTV News. “We are not at a point in the investigation where we can rule out foul play. So the detectives are exploring all the different avenues."

Nirla was last seen by her family Sunday night as she went to bed, but she was gone in the morning. Her daughter said she heard their door open at 4 a.m., and thought her mother was taking their dog out for a walk. Her father woke her at 7 a.m. to tell her Nirla had not returned.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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