Aboriginal woman missing from Vancouver for months identified as deceased found in Richmond


Vancouver police say an Indigenous woman last seen in the city’s Downtown Eastside months ago is the deceased found on a yacht in drydock in Richmond on May 2.

Tatyanna Harrison, 20, disappeared at the end of April.

On Saturday, the Vancouver Police Department said in a statement that a previously unidentified body discovered in Richmond was that of Harrison.

“This is heartbreaking news for everyone who knew and loved Tatyanna, as well as the many strangers who came together to search for her when she went missing,” Const. Tania Visintin.

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

Harrison was last seen April 22 at the Grand Union Pub on Abbott and Hastings Street. She last spoke to her mother, Natasha, on March 24 via text message.

Police say Tatyanna Harrison was reported missing by her mother on May 3.

VPD investigators believe Tatyanna had moved to Vancouver from Surrey for several weeks prior to her disappearance.

In late June, Vancouver police and Natasha Harrison posted a video documenting his last known movements in the Downtown Eastside, calling on anyone with information about his disappearance to come forward.

On Friday, the British Columbia Coroners Service informed Vancouver police that a body found May 2 in Richmond had been identified as that of Tatyanna.

A Facebook post on behalf of Natasha Harrison said it was with “heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beautiful Tatyanna Marie Harrison.

“Tatyanna’s bright soul was taken from this far too young land,” he said.

On July 14, Richmond RCMP released a statement about a woman who was found dead on an old 40 foot yacht that was in dry dock at a marina in the 6900 block of Graybar Road.

The death was not considered suspicious.

Richmond RCMP released this composite sketch on July 14 in an attempt to identify a woman found who died on May 2, 2022 on an old yacht in drydock in Richmond. On Saturday, August 6, Vancouver police announced the missing person, Indigenous woman Tatyanna Harrison. (Richmond RCMP)

Police released a composite sketch of the person and a photograph of a purple or dark blue sweater with gold threads she was wearing.

At the time, police described the deceased as a white female, aged 30 to 40, five-foot-five, weighing 90 pounds, with brown eyes.

Vancouver police described Tatyanna Harrison in the missing persons release as having brown eyes and about five feet one inch tall.

A string of recent deaths and disappearances of young Indigenous women in Vancouver has prompted advocates and families to question whether police are handling missing persons cases properly.

Toxic drug overdose

Police say the coroners service told them the cause of Tatyanna Harrison’s death was toxic drugs, specifically fentanyl.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about his last whereabouts to call the VPD Missing Persons Unit at 604-717-2530 or email [email protected] Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.solvecrime.ca.

Harrison was in Surrey, B.C., until Feb. 3, according to the VPD. From February 9 to 22, she stayed at a shelter at 875 Terminal Ave. in Vancouver.

On March 23, Harrison went to the Royal Bank of Canada branch in the Downtown Eastside to report a stolen card.

She then obtained another card and was seen in the bank with an unidentified man, described as 30 to 40 years old with a thin build, mustache and stubble on his face.

A man is seen in two different images in front of an ATM, with a mustache and wearing a toque.
The man is described as between 30 and 40 years old, with a slim build, a mustache and a three-day beard on his face. He was last seen wearing a two-tone dark gray or dark blue and white jacket, a dark hoodie, and a dark-colored toque. (Vancouver Police Department)

He was last seen wearing a two-tone dark jacket, dark hoodie, and dark-colored toque.

Police say the man is being treated as a witness and not a suspect in the disappearance. Investigators did not say whether they were able to contact the man.

Police say Tatyanna has been seen several times since, including April 7 at Robson Park and April 22 at the Grand Union Pub.


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