Social media erupts - RCMP say dead Native woman found in ditch 'not suspicious'

Family members said the police informed them Martel had no shoes on and no cellphone when she was found.

A Native woman found dead in a ditch who was wearing no shoes and had no cellphone back in July has seen a recent upsurge in exposure as social media has erupted against the findings of the RCMP, which ruled the death as ‘not suspicious.”

According to the Vancouver Sun, the 27-year-old indigenous woman, Brittany Martel from Hay River, N.W.T., was found dead in a ditch off the busy B.C. highway near the Mine Creek Road exit on July 22 when a motorist came across her body while out for a walk as traffic was stopped due to an unrelated accident.

Social media response in full force after the findings of Merritt RCMP Cpl. Derrick Francis who sated “The autopsy didn’t show any obvious cause of death at this point, so the pathologist is still looking into it … We don’t know for sure what caused her death.”

Francis also said police still have questions regarding how Martel ended up in the ditch and became deceased, however the death isn’t considered criminal in nature because there was nothing in the autopsy indicating any harm had come to her.

Billie Jean Gabriel, an organizer of a vigil for Martel, wrote on Facebook that the “pain of what happened is enough for all of us to stand with the family.” Gabriel wrote that the findings by the RCMP as “deeper than insult and injury” and asked that people demand justice for Brittany.

Family members said the police informed them Martel had no shoes on and no cellphone when she was found.

A massive backlash to the findings hit Twitter:

One person DriveByPoster wrote on Twitter, “Sad when they make it seem normal to be dead and in a ditch because you're Indigenous. Had it been a white woman there would have been a multi-agency investigation spending millions.”

Another, MaryAlice wrote: “How in the world can someone be found dead in a ditch without shoes or a cell phone and this not be suspicious?”

The investigation has since been turned over to the B.C. Coroner’s office.


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DanCyn
DanCyn

I pray the BC Coroner's inquest produces better results than the insulting inept RCMP's findings ... which amounted to nothing! 🙏

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Always Smiling
Always Smiling

ANYONE just found in a DITCH needs to be examined Thoroughly !that it is Not suspect, is is not True ! If this were someone's Grand Mother or a minor child, or white...all efforts would have been made . If for some Good ole" boy tactics, or the pimping and pumping out of propoganda of one of the arms of the management team or better known as " Public Newspapers".

selimor31
selimor31

This gracious young Amerindian woman's death should certainly be investigated into more thoroughly. Soyez sérieux, Messieurs les Canadiens!

Rockcreek
Rockcreek

How sad , a human life just thrown away and RCMP says cannot help! Such a reflection from society as it slowly slides to chaos .

Teri09
Teri09

What about Jayson or Troy Rodgers?! If she was missing RCMP SHOULD have checked into her social media accounts and surely they could have seen what kind of risk he is. At LEAST a suspect!! Just because she frequently hitched that infamous #HighwayofTears does not mean that it should NOT be investigated further, especially with what is obviously public knowledge. So how about it #BCRCMP #MerrittRCMP ?! Is he going to be checked out?! Will you take it seriously now? Too many not being taken seriously and if the government and the RCMP want us to believe the disgustingly obtuse “explanations” of First Nation Woman’s missing and suspicious disappearances and deaths; then people wake up!!!! They really think we’re idiots who have no ability as a people and a nation to see what is obviously a rouse to subdue our consciousness. Another fact, we all can’t be soothed by openly racist comments, excuses or explanations! We are rising again as a unified gender, race, and remembering that Creator chose Somme of us to have the voice for those who no longer can. Ancestors of long ago or recently departed, there is no line to be drawn in getting PROPER justice for them. Aho!

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