Author Topic: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011  (Read 7904 times)

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Woman, 31, has been missing for a month 6
WINNIPEG SUN

FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 11:54 AM CDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011 12:05 PM CDT
Winnipeg police are again asking for the public's help in finding a woman missing since Sept. 13.

Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31, was last seen about 11 p.m. on Sherbrook Street. Her family told media she was heading out to grab a drink from a local pizza-by-the-slice shop, and had only $5 in her pocket.

She is described as aboriginal, 5-foot-3, approximately 90 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. Nepinak was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a longer black jacket, black pants and a black hat.

The Winnipeg Police Service issued an alert Wednesday saying there are concerns over Nepinak's well-being. Several such alerts have been issued. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is called to call the WPS missing persons unit at 986-6250.

Family and friends of Nepinak held a march to draw attention to her disappearance Sept. 30, walking from Home St. and Ellice Ave. to the Legislative Building.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/10/12/woman-31-has-been-missing-for-a-month

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2011, 05:56:15 PM »
Sherbrooke St. is not a good street to be out walking at nite.  I hope she is found safe.

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2011, 06:27:18 PM »

Missing Winnipeg woman's family seeks leadsCBC News

Posted: Sep 22, 2011 10:08 PM CT

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2011 10:04 PM CT



A 31-year-old Winnipeg woman has been missing for at least nine days, prompting worried family members to issue an appeal for any information about her whereabouts.
 
Tanya Jane Nepinak was last seen on Sept. 13, when she told her mother she was going to a pizza restaurant a few blocks away from her home.
 
"There's not one day she'll go without phoning my mom," her sister, Gail Nepinak, told CBC News on Thursday.
 
"There's no way she'd just walk away."
 
Family members have been putting up posters around their West End neighbourhood, hoping someone who may have seen Tanya will call police.
 
Tanya Nepinak was last seen carrying $5 as she left her Sherbrook Street home around 11 p.m. on Sept. 13 to get a drink at Papa Guido's, located on Ellice Avenue and Home Street.
 
Nepinak was seen frequently at Papa Guido's, according to family members. However, a server at the pizza place could not recognize her from a poster on Thursday evening.
 
Running out of answers, Gail Nepinak said her worst fears are creeping in "that they find her body or something, and it'll be too late for her."
 
Tanya Nepinak is described as five feet two inches in height, weighing up to 100 pounds, with brown eyes, brown hair, and a red birthmark on the left side of her forehead.
 
She has the letters of her first name tattooed on the fingers of her left hand, and she was last seen wearing a black hat, a short black coat and jeans, according to family members.
 
Anyone with information about Tanya Nepinak is asked to call the Winnipeg Police Service's missing persons unit or Crime Stoppers.

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011, 08:39:35 PM »
Tanya Jane Nepinak. She was last seen on Sept. 13, 2011, at approximately 11:00 p.m. in the Sherbrook Street area of Downtown Winnipeg. Nepinak is described as Aboriginal, 5'3" tall, approximately 90 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hat, white t-shirt, a longer black jacket, and black pants.

Nepinak has a tattoo of T-A-N-Y-A on her left hand fingers and a large red birthmark on the left side of her forehead.


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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2012, 11:24:58 AM »
Thank you for this update Shadow Girl.  What a relief to think that a serial killer has been caught.  Three women murdered in the span of four months! I notice that he is being charged with second-degree murder.

I hope they have the right guy--and good for Winnipeg LE getting this monster off the streets.

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2012, 02:06:26 PM »
I see he originally came from Sarnia Ontario.  And he is in his fifties...and known to the Police.  The question remains...did he just start killing in the last year?

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2012, 03:25:02 PM »
Winnipeg police have made an arrest in the deaths of three women reported missing within the last year.

Shawn Cameron Lamb, 52, has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder in connection to the deaths of Carolyn Sinclair, 25, Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31, and Lorna Blacksmith, 18.

Police Chief Keith McCaskill would not say where Lamb, originally from Sarnia, Ont., has been residing but mentioned that Winnipeg police are in contact with other jurisdictions.

The suspected serial killer's criminal record includes convictions for robbery, carrying weapons, uttering threats, fraud, forgery, assaulting police officers, possessing stolen property, break-and-enter and breaching court orders, CBC News has confirmed.

He was recently arrested in connection with a June 21 sex assault.

"This individual was a person of interest and was on our radar, for sure," McCaskill said. "Sometimes things like that happen, [they get] caught up in another type of offence and sometimes we get a break in a case, and that's what happened here."

Amanda Sinclair, the sister of Carolyn Sinclair whose body was found in the spring, confirmed early Monday that police had made an arrest in relation to her sister's death.

Carolyn Sinclair went missing in December 2011. Sinclair's family has told CBC News that she was five months pregnant at the time.

Police and family members had said that Sinclair was battling a drug addiction and worked in the sex trade to support her habit.

Her body was found in a dumpster behind an apartment complex in the 700 block of Notre Dame Avenue, between Toronto and Victor streets.

Police said that Lamb knew Nepinak, who was last seen on Sept. 13, when she told her mother she was going to a pizza restaurant a few blocks away from her home.

Blacksmith was last seen in January. Her body was recently discovered near a dumpster on Simcoe Street.

Nepinak's body has never been found, but police believe she is dead.

Red Circle Alert, a social network group that tries to help locate missing native people, created a Facebook event in March to aid in the search for Carolyn Sinclair, Tanya Nepinak and Lorna Blacksmith.

The page says all three women are from the same reserve and went missing from the same area.

AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, with family members, spoke about the arrest Monday. (Karen Pauls/CBC)The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) held a news conference following the police announcement Monday.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said First Nations women are sacred and valued citizens of aboriginal communities and must not be treated as second-class citizens.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper said that he is demanding a public inquiry into missing and murdered women in Manitoba.

The AMC will be holding a vigil for Sinclair, Nepinak and Blacksmith on Tuesday at the Manitoba legislature and said members will not leave until a public inquiry is called.

Police said they are looking into the possibility that there could be more victims.

« Last Edit: June 25, 2012, 03:51:58 PM by HaveThoughtsWillTravel »

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2012, 03:04:53 AM »
He is blaming everyone for his problems ... His crimes spanned several provinces, at least Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta.


http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/25/winnipeg-man-accused-prostitute-serial-killer


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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2012, 11:13:29 AM »
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/27/public-inquiry-called-for-at-murder-victims-vigil


Maybe these brave women will make changes in how the police handle this case.

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2012, 05:19:08 PM »

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Re: Tanya Jane Nepinak | 31 | Missing | Winnipeg | September 13, 2011
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2013, 02:47:15 AM »
http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/aboriginal-activists-launch-missing-murdered-women-probe-1
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Aboriginal activists launch missing, murdered women probe

The American Indian Movement says it is conducting its own investigation into five missing-women cases in Manitoba, and members have even tried speaking with accused killer Shawn Lamb.

Members of the activist organization, which established a chapter in Winnipeg earlier this year, say they are taking matters into their own hands with regards to missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The chapter announced Thursday that it has set up a task force investigating the high-profile disappearances of five indigenous women: Tanya Nepinak, Sunshine Wood, Claudette Osborne, Mildred Flett and Jennifer Catcheway.

Lamb was charged last year with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Nepinak, 31, along with Carolyn Sinclair, 25, and Lorna Blacksmith, 18.

Lamb remains in custody. The allegations against him have not been proven in court.

AIM member Morris St. Croix said he met with Lamb last week in an attempt to get more information about Nepinak, whose remains have not been found.

"When I went in there, what he tried to do is try to plead his innocence to me, and I just didn't buy it," St. Croix said of Lamb.

Winnipeg police would not comment on AIM's probe, except to say anyone with tips regarding a homicide should contact police investigators who are trained to handle such matters.

However, St. Croix said the police are not doing enough in their investigation.

"They want to do their own thing. That's all right, I'm going to do my own thing. I don't need permission to do this," he said.

Sue Caribou, an aunt of Nepinak, said she's glad someone else is stepping forward to help because she believes police haven't done enough to locate Nepinak's remains.

Investigators did conduct a search for Nepinak's remains at the Brady Road landfill last year, but their six-day search uncovered no evidence.