Mary Papatsie, seen in this undated file photo provided by her family, had been missing from Ottawa since April 2017. The Ottawa Police Service said Sunday that remains found a month ago in the city’s Vanier area, were those of Papatsie. (File photo courtesy of the Papatsie family)

Mary Papatsie’s remains discovered in Ottawa, police say

Inuk woman last seen in 2017; major crimes unit investigated her disappearance

By Nunatsiaq News

The remains of Mary Papatsie, who disappeared in Ottawa more than five years ago, have been identified as those discovered last month in the city’s Vanier area, police in the nation’s capital say.

The Ottawa Police Service said Sunday its homicide unit had identified the human remains that were discovered on Deschamps Avenue, in Vanier, on Sept. 28 as Paptasie.

Papatsie was 39 when she went missing in April 2017 and was last seen in the city’s Vanier area, police said.

Police described her as being an Ottawa woman. But the mother of 10 children was originally from Pangnirtung and had been living in Ottawa for about 15 years before her disappearance.

In July 2017, the Ottawa Police major crimes unit took over the investigation of Papatsie’s disappearance.

Two years later, in July 2019, Papatsie’s friends and family held a memorial for her.

On Sept. 29, police reported that officers had been called to a construction site on Deschamps Avenue, a residential neighbourhood in the city’s Vanier area, after digging had uncovered human remains. The homicide unit took over the investigation, which included the identification of the remains.

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