Partial remains located and charges laid in homicide
We have charged one person in relation to the disappearance and murder of Calgarian Tammie Doreen HOWARD, also known as Irish. Her partial remains have also been located.
Irish was last seen in December 2016, and was reported missing by her family in April 2017, at which time a police investigation was initiated.
“Over the last five years, our Missing Persons Unit investigators have followed up on leads and poured over evidence in an effort to locate Irish, who we believe was murdered in a particularly violent way,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Lee Treit. “We are saddened to share that though DNA processes, we have located and identified partial remains of Irish and continue to search for additional remains.”
Natalie Renee VINJE, also known as NV Evans, 36, of Calgary, has been charged with first-degree murder in relation to Irish’s death. She remains in custody. “We have reason to believe that the accused did not act alone and continue to search for answers in this homicide investigation,” said Treit.
VINJE will next appear in court on Friday, August 19, 2022. Due to investigative sensitivities, we are announcing these charges today.
A search for physical evidence related to Irish’s death began on the Siksika Nation on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022. “We have reason to believe that Irish’s remains could be located east of Calgary and search teams continue to examine a large area of terrain on Siksika Nation land. Thank you to the Siksika Nation for allowing us to conduct our search,” said Treit.
The investigation into the murder of Irish is ongoing and we ask that anyone who has information regarding her disappearance or death to contact police.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
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