A wanted poster for Chelsey Quaw in Prince George, B.C. She was found dead on November 5, unless one kilometer from where she was reported missing in the Saik'uz First Nation, according to the Office of Independent Investigations.
The IIO says it was informed on November 26 of concerns about the case.
In an interview on November 3, the mother of Chelsey Quaw's Pam Herron said she feared her daughter had been stereotyped because of her Aboriginal background. She did not feel the RCMP had handled her disappearance with enough urgency.
The same day, at a public hearing, leaders from the Saik'uz Nation and the Highway of Tears Governing Body called on the RCMP to bring in more outside resources to support search efforts.
The Highway of Tears Governing Body, the governing body of the Highway of Tears, was established in 2006 in response to a series of cases of women and girls , often indigenous, who had disappeared or been killed along Highway 16, between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
L ;organization records the disappearance of more than 40 women and girls along this 700-kilometer stretch.
The organization maintains that very little has changed since its inception, noting that the death of Chelsey Quaw is the perfect example.