Audrey Mary Desjarlais, a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Alberta, raised her children in Saskatchewan.
About 15 years ago, she left her family in Regina, and relocated to Steinbach, Man. Her daughter Barb Desjarlais says Audrey always called to check in but those calls stopped in 2011. The Desjarlais family hasn’t heard from her since. In April, 2015, Winnipeg Police Service requested Barb’s DNA, to follow up on the possibility that unidentified remains pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in June 2012 are those of her mother.
DNA tests confirmed the remains belonged to Audrey. Police are still investigating her death.