By Muhammad Atef | May 4, 2021

B.C.’s police watchdog called in after woman found dead in Vancouver jail

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C.’s police watchdog has been called in after a woman was found dead in a Vancouver jail cell Saturday.

The woman was arrested around 9 a.m. near Oppenheimer Park on the Downtown Eastside, according to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO).

“At about 12:00 p.m. the same day, the woman was found to be unresponsive in her cell. Life-saving measures were attempted by police and Emergency Health Services, but those efforts were not successful, and the woman was pronounced dead,” says a astatement from the IIO.

“The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, officers may have played in the woman’s death.”

Witnesses to the arrest or anyone else with information is being asked to call 1-855-446-8477. The IIO is called in to all “officer-related” incidents that result in serious injury or death, even when there are no allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing.


MAY 1, 2021 - STATEMENT FROM THE IBBOTT FAMILYrnrnIt is with shattered hearts that we let you know that our beloved Trina...rnrnPosted by Stephanie Stella Ibbott onu00a0Saturday, May 1, 2021
rnHer loved ones also extended their gratitude to the "community of friends, family and strangers (who now feel like friends)" who stepped up to help in the search for the Port Moody woman in the months since she was last seen.rnrn"Your words, thoughts, kindness and outpouring of love are truly what has kept us going these past 3.5 months," the statement continues. "We need your love and support more than ever right now.rnrn"Trina, we love you, and we will never let your sparkle fade from this world."rnrnA banner that was strung at the Rocky Point Overpass pleading for information on Hunt's whereabouts was taken down shortly after the update was provided.rn rnrnrnThis case has now been reclassified as a homicide investigation, and IHIT says it will be working with Port Moody Police. Previously, Port Moody police said they did not believe foul play was involved in her disappearance.rnrnHunt's husband reported her missing on Jan. 18 after he said he returned to work to find their home empty. He said he had seen her that morning.","post_title":"Memorial grows for Port Moody's Trina Hunt as missing persons case becomes homicide investigation","post_excerpt":"Homicide investigators have confirmed the remains of Trina Hunt were found in Hope in March, putting an end to the months-long search for the missing Port Moody woman. ","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"port-moody-trina-hunt-homicide-investigation","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2021-05-03 20:12:43","post_modified_gmt":"2021-05-04 03:12:43","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw","permalink":"","post_title_shortened":"Memorial grows for Port Moody's Trina Hunt as missing persons c...","post_thumbnail":""},{"ID":3445043,"post_author":"1007","post_date":"2021-05-03 20:35:54","post_date_gmt":"2021-05-04 03:35:54","post_content":"SECHELT (NEWS 1130) -- The cash didn't come by Christmas as promised, then New Year's passed, then Valentine's Day, then Easter. One couple has been waiting more than four months for the BC Recovery Benefit, and no one will tell them why it's taking so long.rnrnWhen applications for the $500 per person pandemic relief payment opened in December of last year, Mellisa Wilson and her husband Shawn applied right away. In February, they heard some people were being asked to submit additional documents, so they sent them in without being asked, hoping that would help.rnrnNow, Mellisa says trying to figure out the status of their application has become a "full-time job," and despite near-daily phone calls and emails to the province -- she can't get any answers.rnrn"We've been in constant contact with them. We're almost grovelling and begging for somebody to tell us something about anything," she says.rnrn"Here we are, Easter's passed now. This was supposed to be given out by Christmas to help families and their time of need. Well, we're a family in a time of need. We've been let down time and time again. I am beside myself, I don't know where to turn for help, and I don't feel anybody cares."rn rnrnrnThe government website says, "If your application is still in progress, you may contact us to check the status of your application." It continues to say that call centre agents can answer questions and "provide information about your application status."rnrnThis has not been Mellisa's experience.rnrn"In fact, the first thing they open when you speak with them is, 'We are unable to give you personal information, nor are we able to give you an estimated wait time, we are not able to comment on individual applications," she says.rn

'My application is not in process if nobody's looked at it'

rnLast week, when Wilson phoned to check on her application, she says the person she spoke to told her it had not yet been reviewed.rnrn"It has been almost five months, and not a person has looked at our application since December. That, in my opinion, is completely abysmal. I am horrified," she says.rnrn"I send email after email, I describe our financial situation, I reach out for help, and they just keep sending us the same email. 'Sorry we can't comment on applications that are in process.' My application is not in process if nobody's looked at it. How can that be? That's not true. It's an absolute lie."rnrnrn


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