Mother of missing 20-year-old Tatyanna Harrison issues plea for public's help
Natasha Harrison's comments are part of a new video offering a timeline of the Vancouver police investigation
A new video opens with stirring praise for Tatyanna Harrison, a 20-year-old Indigenous woman who went missing more than seven weeks ago.
"Tatyanna is a very strong and beautiful girl that's a voice for people who suffer—or who don't have one," her mother, Natasha, says. "She's articulate and smart. She's an avid reader. She's fearless."
Harrison was last seen on the Downtown Eastside prior to being reported missing on May 3.
Her mother hopes that by sharing information in the video, it might spur someone to come forth with information about her daughter's whereabouts.
Det. Kevin Boyle of the VPD's missing person's unit explains in the video what's known about Harrison's life in the period leading up to her disappearance.
He described this sequence of events.
1. On February 3, Surrey RCMP officers spoke with her at the intersection of King George Boulevard and Bolivar Road. Harrison told officers that she had no place to stay.
2. On February 9, Harrison checked into a shelter at 875 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver and remained there until February 22, often in the company of a male companion.
3. On February 23, she used an RBC bank machine at 398 West Broadway.
4. On March 23, Harrison entered the RBC branch at Main and Hastings streets in Vancouver to report a card lost. She withdrew cash and left with a man who has not been identified.
5. On March 24, Harrison's mother received a text message from an unknown number. This was the last time that her mother heard from Harrison.
6. On April 7, City of Vancouver park rangers spoke with Harrison. She was staying in a tent with a man at Robson Park at Kingsway and Carolina Street. She was referred to an outreach centre but there's no sign that she ever went.
7. On April 22, Harrison met a friend at the Grand Union Hotel at Hastings and Abbott streets.
8. She was due to pick up her welfare cheque on April 29 but that never happened.
9. Her mother reported her missing on May 3.
Harrison is 5'1" with brown eyes and a slim build. She usually wears prescription glasses and baggy clothes.
Boyle urged anyone with information to call 604-717-2530 or email email@example.com. In addition, people can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 if they wish to remain anonymous.