A coroner’s jury in British Columbia has made 10 recommendations after the body of a woman from the Kawacatoose First Nation woman was found in a Surrey, B.C., park two years ago, but remained unidentified for months.
Family and friends of 27-year-old Deanna Desjarlais called for the inquest, hoping it would examine why some missing persons cases are publicized by police while others are not.
None of the 10 recommendations from the jury deal specifically with how Vancouver police handled the woman’s disappearance in April 2016.
Jury members have called on provincial and municipal polices forces to be required to participate in the Provincial Dental Data Bank, to help in identifying missing persons.
Other recommendations seek better release planning for inmates, more timely provision of social assistance, and easily accessible, low-barrier shelters for Indigenous or HIV-positive women.