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Chelsey Quaw’s body found on Saik’uz First Nation territory

Chelsey Quaw (Heron)

The family of Chelsey Heron (Quaw) and the RCMP have confirmed that her remains were found in Saik’uz First Nation Territory on the afternoon on November 6.

The discovery comes just three days after the family issued a call for more help finding Quaw, who was last seen October 11.

Quaw’s mother, Pam Heron, would like people to know that Chelsey was loved and cared for deeply by her family, friends and community: “Chelsey had the most amazing spirit, beautiful strength and independence. Most importantly, she had an incredible impact on those in her life. We will not rest until we get answers.”

The family would like to thank the Nechako Search and Rescue Team; Saik’uz chief, council and community; Stellat’en chief, council and community; Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS); the RCMP; all the volunteers; and everyone who has provided their support.

The RCMP is actively investigating the cause of death and the BC Coroners Service is conducting a parallel investigation.

“Chelsey was a beautiful soul that was taken from us too soon,” said Mary Teegee, CSFS Executive Director of Child and Family Services, “We need to ensure that something like this never happens again. There are 33 Highway of Tears Recommendations and 231 Calls for Justice that need our action now.”

The Heron-Quaw family would also like remind everyone that Jay Raphael is still missing and they support all search efforts to bring Jay home.

If you have any information about Jay Raphael or Chelsey Quaw, please contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at (250) 567-2222 with file #2023-477 (Jay) or #2023-2794 (Chelsey). Anonymous tips can be provided to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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