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July 13, 2020 Media Release

Missing Person – Tamara Lee Norman: R20-35920

Update on July 14, 2020:

New information has been obtained, and it is believed that Tamara Norman was in Long Plain First Nation, Manitoba, on May 23, 2020. Investigators have no information that she returned to Winnipeg. She was reported missing on July 10th, 2020.

The Missing Persons Unit would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or had contact with Norman in or around that time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.

As previously released:

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance with locating Tamara Lee Norman, a 35-year-old female. She also goes by the name Tamara Lee Benoit.

Norman’s family/friends last had contact with her on approximately May 27, 2020. Winnipeg Police Service were recently notified of her disappearance.

She is described as a Caucasian female, blue eyes, long blonde hair, mole under her left eye and on her right upper lip and a tribal tattoo on her right bicep. No clothing description is available.

The Winnipeg Police Service is concerned for NORMAN’s wellbeing and is asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.


Suspicious Package – Investigation: C20-162541

On July 11, 2020, at approximately 11:50 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of a suspicious package at Montrose Park in River Heights.
 
Officers attended and located a small package that appeared suspicious. Multiple police resources were used, including the Bomb Unit, to confirm the package was safe. It was later discovered that this package was placed in the park as a GeoCache.
 
Geocaching is a GPS scavenger hunt activity. It encourages people to get outdoors and explore their community while looking for hidden items.
 
It is important while leaving items for GeoCaching to be mindful of how they appear. Please do not disguise packages to look like they are unsafe or would cause others to be fearful of discovering them. Let's keep this activity fun and safe for those participating.


Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision – Arrest: C19-139836

As previously released on June 20, 2019:

On June 19, 2019, at approximately 1:40 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision that had just occurred on Dalhousie Drive between Pembina Highway and Rochester Avenue/Baylor Avenue.

Three children were transported to a hospital; a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old child in stable condition and a 5-year-old in critical condition. The 5-year-old has since succumbed to her injuries.

It is believed that the children had been in a vehicle that was travelling westbound on Dalhousie Drive, at which time it collided with an eastbound vehicle.

Update:

Members of the Traffic Division continued with the investigation.

It is believed that the driver of the westbound vehicle had attempted to pass a car at an estimated speed of 60-70 km/h (in a posted 50 km/h zone). The driver encountered oncoming traffic and subsequently lost control, causing a collision with an eastbound vehicle.

The driver was also operating the vehicle without a supervising driver, as required by the Highway Traffic Act for those with Class 5 Learner Stage (5L) licences. Two of the children were seated in child restraints; however, the deceased 5-year-old was not.

The 27-year-old female of Winnipeg, who is the mother of the children, was arrested on July 12, 2020, and faces the following charges under the Highway Traffic Act:

- Drive Carelessly – Cause Death
- Driver in the learner stage operate a motor vehicle without supervising driver – Cause Death
- Drive or permit the operation of a motor vehicle when a child in the vehicle is improperly restrained

She was released on a POA Appearance Notice.



Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Rachel Vertone, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca