B.C. Coroners Service confirms death of missing Indigenous woman Tatyanna Harrison
There's been a tragic ending to the search for Tatyanna Harrison.
The 20-year-old Indigenous woman was last seen in the Downtown Eastside before being reported as missing on May 3.
On August 5, the B.C Coroners Service informed Vancouver police that a body found in Richmond on May 2 has since been identified as Harrison's.
"Tragically, we now believe Tatyanna died in another city before she was reported missing," Const. Tania Visintin said in a VPD news release. "The coroners service has informed VPD that Tatyanna died from drug toxicity, specifically fentanyl."
On June 25, Harrison's mother, Natasha, issued a public plea for help in locating her daughter. She described Tatyanna as "articulate and smart" and "a very strong and beautiful girl" who spoke up for those who suffer.
Natasha Harrison's comments were included in a video released by the VPD, which revealed what was known about Harrison's life prior to her disappearance.