Noelle (Elli) O’Soup was found dead on May 1 in an apartment building on Heatley Avenue and Hastings Street in Downtown Eastside.
A missing Indigenous teen recently found dead in a Downtown Eastside apartment is mourned by a Saskatchewan First Nation.
Noelle (Elli) O’Soup, 14, has been missing for over a year after leaving her home in Port Coquitlam.
On Thursday, Vancouver police confirmed that O’Soup was one of two people found dead on May 1 in a room in the Heatley Block, an apartment building on Heatley Avenue and Hastings Street.
Solomon Reece-Brass, a councilor for the Key First Nation, said the community is in mourning after hearing of O’Soup’s death.
“Noelle’s life was precious and we all share in the grief of her family, our nation and the wider urban Indigenous community,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
He called for systemic change because “too many of our women and children are allowed to ‘fall through the cracks’.”
He said the Nation will work to make sure O’Soup gets justice.
O’Soup’s cause of death is not yet known, police said. The identity of the second person in the apartment has not been released.
A third person – a man in his 40s – had also died in the same apartment. His body was discovered on February 23. It is not known if there is a connection between the three people or the dead.
O’Soup left her Port Coquitlam without permission on May 12, 2021, RCMP said.
At the time, police said O’Soup was known for frequenting the Vancouver area and possibly avoiding a health check.
In January, Mounties published a photo of an unidentified woman to determine if she was involved in the O’Soup investigation. The woman had short black hair and was wearing a BC Ferries jacket and a reflective Bee-Clean vest, dark pants and shoes.
In May, RCMP renewed a call for help finding O’Soup.
In a press conference, Coquitlam RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Paige Kuz made a direct appeal to O’Soup, saying: “Elli, your loved ones and the police are concerned about you and are steadfast to confirm your safety and well-being.
“You’re not in trouble, we need to make sure you’re okay.”
Vancouver Police Department investigates the circumstances of O’Soup’s death.
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