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Authorities in Manitoba probe murder of 15-year-old Native girl






Tina Fontaine. Photo from Missing People

A 15-year-old Native girl who went missing earlier this month was murdered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The body of Tina Fontaine was found in the Red River on Sunday. She had gone missing on August 9.

“She's a petite little thing — just turned 15, barely in the city for a little over a month,” homicide investigator Sgt. John O’Donovan said at a press conference, CBC News reported. “And she’s definitely been exploited and taken advantage of and murdered.”

Fontaine was from the Sagkeeng First Nation. She was in the care of Child and Family Services and was living in a foster home when she went missing.

Fontaine reportedly ran away from the foster home last month. She was found after that incident.

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Girl, 15, found in bag in Red River; police seek tips on slaying (CBC News 8/17)
Body of 15-year-old girl found in Winnipeg's Red River (CP 8/18)
Teen runaway's body found in Red River (The Winnipeg Sun 8/18)