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Calgary police lay first-degree murder charge in 2017 missing woman case

Calgary police have charged one person with murder after the partial remains of a city woman, last seen in 2016, were found.

Tammie Doreen Howard, also known as Irish, was last seen in December 2016 and reported missing by her family in April 2017. Police began their investigation at that time.

On July 21 of this year, after five years of work, the Calgary police said they had determined the 49-year-old Howard had been killed. They were looking for a light-coloured Jeep Wrangler at the time.

A search for physical evidence began on the Siksika Nation southeast of Calgary on Aug. 6.

“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.”

First degree-murder charge laid

Calgary police officers search land on the Siksika Nation for Tammie Doreen Howard. COURTESY CALGARY POLICE SERVICE

Natalie Renee Vinje, also known as NV Evans, 36, of Calgary, has been charged with first-degree murder. Police said she remains in custody.

They believe more people may have been connected to Howard’s death.

“We have reason to believe that the accused did not act alone and continue to search for answers in this homicide investigation,” said Treit.

Calgary police continue to search a large area of land on Siksika Nation.

Vinje will next appear in court Aug. 19.

The Calgary police have asked that anyone with information on the murder of Howard to contact them at 403-266-1234.