3 families question inaction of Vancouver police in suspicious deaths
Families in B.C. say police aren’t doing enough about missing First Nations women.
Tatyanna Harrison was 20 years old when she stopped answering text messages from her mother and disappeared.
The Cree and Métis woman was last seen on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She was reported missing to Vancouver police on May 3, 2022.
Natasha Harrison says her daughter’s case ran into jurisdictional issues.
According to Harrison, police believed her daughter was saying outside its jurisdiction in Surrey – so that’s where the file was sent.
Eight days later, her body was found in Richmond, B.C., 35 km away from Surrey. Her remains weren’t identified until Aug. 5.
“No cameras were checked because of this jurisdiction issue,” she said. “Evidence was missed because of this jurisdiction issue.”
Noelle O’Soup, 13 and originally from Key First Nation in Saskatchewan, was reported missing after running away from a group home on May 12, 2021.
In February 2022, a man who lived with her in an apartment was found deceased. He was a known serial sex offender and was deemed a danger to the public.
Police cleared the scene.
But three months later, on May 1, 2022, the remains of O’Soup, and another woman were found in the same apartment by cleaning staff after police failed to find both of them.
O’Soup’s family said the coroner didn’t attend the scene after they were found.
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