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Mother cries crying for help in finding her missing daughter

Written by Javed Iqbal

Tatyanna Harrison, 20, was reported missing on May 3 and was last seen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood.

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A mother from Vancouver has made a tearful appeal for help in finding her missing 20-year-old daughter, whom she describes as articulate and smart.

Vancouver police and Natasha Harrison have released a video documenting the last known whereabouts of Tatyanna Harrison, missing for more than seven weeks and last seen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood.

“Tatyanna is a very strong and beautiful girl who is a voice for people who suffer or people who do not have one,” Harrison said in the video. “She’s articulate, she’s smart, she’s an avid reader, she’s fearless.”

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“Every day that goes by without finding Tatyanna increases our concern for her well-being,” said Art. Tania Visintin, a spokeswoman for VPD, in a statement Saturday.

“Tatyanna’s family, friends and the community have been instrumental in helping establish a timeline of her last whereabouts. The VPD and Tatyanna’s family want to ensure that the whole community remains engaged in the ongoing search for Tatyanna. We ask everyone to share this video so we can find Tatyanna. “

Harrison had been in regular contact with her family until the end of March, when she last texted her mother from a new phone number from somewhere in Downtown Eastside, according to

She was reported missing six weeks later on May 3rd. Police have investigated it, but still have no clue as to where she is, Visintin said.

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She had been staying in Surrey until around February 3, when she spoke to Surrey RCMP officers in the King George Boulevard and Bolivar Road area and told them she had no place to live, according to police.

From Feb. 9 to Feb. 22, Harrison lived in a shelter at 875 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver, where she was often seen with a man.

On March 23, she visited an RBC bank in Main and East Hastings Street to report her bank card lost. She was given a new card, withdrew cash and was videotaped with a man who has not yet been identified.

The next day, Harrison sent his mother a text message from a new phone number.

Police say there have been several sightings of the young woman in Vancouver since that text, including April 7 in Robson Park and April 22 at the Grand Union Pub near Abbott and West Hastings Street.

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However, Harrison never arrived to pick up her social assistance check in late April, and her current whereabouts remain unknown.

“It’s out of character for Tatyanna to have gone so long without talking to her friends and family, who tell us that her lack of contact is a sign that Tatyanna is in danger,” Visintin said.

“That’s why we’re renewing our appeals to anyone who has information about Tatyanna’s current location or past activities to sign up.”

Police describe Harrison as a 20-year-old native woman who stands 5’1, has brown eyes and a slender build.

When she was last seen, she had medium-length auburn hair, though her hairstyle and color may have changed. She often wears prescription glasses and baggy clothes.

Police say 20-year-old Tatyanna Harrison was reported missing on May 3.  She was last seen in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
Police say 20-year-old Tatyanna Harrison was reported missing on May 3. She was last seen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. jpg

Harrison’s disappearance is being investigated by VPD’s Missing Person’s Unit, which is part of the department’s Major Crime Section.

Anyone with information on this case should call VPD’s dedicated tip line at 604-717-2530, email vpd.missing@vpd.ca or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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