Chelsea Poorman’s family renews call for information about her death

Chelsea Poorman’s mother and sister, along with police, are renewing their calls for help in finding out more information about the Indigenous woman’s death.

Chelsea, a 24-year-old woman, was found dead outside a vacant home in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood.

She was last seen downtown on Sept. 6, 2020, and was reported missing two days later. Vancouver police confirmed Chelsea’s body was found outside a vacant home near 36th Avenue and Granville Street in April.

Her mom, Sheila Poorman, and sister Paige are asking for anyone who may have information about how Chelsea got to Shaughnessy to come forward.

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“I’m hoping to find out how she got to that address, who she was with, or who brought her there. If anybody had seen her that night,” Sheila said in a video posted to Twitter. “Chelsea couldn’t walk long distances, so I know that she didn’t get that location by yourself.”

Paige says her heart is broken, “Like I’m missing a piece of my heart, and I just feel so sad for her,” she said.

“I know that somebody was with her that night. If you have any information, please come forward so that we the family, can put closure to this,” Sheila said.

Previously in June, Vancouver Police Department said due to the state of Chelsea’s remains it would be impossible to know for certain how she died.

“Her death is not suspicious,” police said in a statement on May 6.

The department responded to criticism over the handling of the case after her family and advocates said they were left with more questions than answers.

Vancouver police say it continues to investigate Chelsea’s disappearance Wednesday.

“If you were with Chelsea the night she disappeared or have information that could help our investigators, please call 604-717-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477,” police wrote on Twitter.

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