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Missing Indigenous woman Tatyanna Harrison found dead

Written by Javed Iqbal

A body found three months ago has been identified as Tatyanna Harrison, a 20-year-old Indigenous woman missing from Vancouver.

The Vancouver Police Department released the information Saturday and said the BC Coroners’ Service confirmed the identification Friday. The remains were discovered in Richmond on May 2 — the day before Harrison was reported missing — the VPD said.

“This is heartbreaking news for everyone who knew and loved Tatyanna and for the many strangers who came together to look for her when she disappeared,” wrote Const. Tania Visintin in a statement.

“While we are now able to provide some answers, many questions remain and we will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Tatyanna’s disappearance.”

In a Facebook group dedicated to the months-long search for Harrison, a tribute was posted.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beautiful Tatyanna Marie Harrison,” it read.

Tatyanna has always been bright, smart and humble. She grew up with a love of reading and the outdoors. She was the type to stand up for the little guy and what she believed in. Tatyana’s bright soul was taken from this earth far too young.”

Police say Harrison died of fentanyl toxicity, but did not provide further details about the circumstances surrounding her death.

Three weeks agoRichmond RCMP released a composite sketch of a woman whose remains were found May 2 on a yacht in dry dock at a marina.

“At this time, her death is not considered to be suspicious,” the July appeal for information said.

The VPD has confirmed that the body is the same one that has now been identified as Harrison’s.

Mounties described that woman as “Caucasian” in her 30s or 40s, standing 5’5″ tall and weighing 90 lbs. Harrison has been described by police as 5’1″ tall and slim.

Richmond police have released a composite sketch in hopes of identifying a woman found dead in the city two months ago. (Richmond RCMP)

Harrison last had contact with his mother in late March, sending her a text message from a location in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A newly released appeal for information detailed Harrison’s last known movements, which included two confirmed sightings of the young woman in Vancouver in April.

Despite the tragic end to the search, police are still asking anyone with information about Harrison’s case, including her activities prior to the day she was found dead, to contact investigators at 604-717-2530.

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