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Probe continues into unsolved homicide of 11-year-old Native girl

A view of the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba. Photo by Timkal / Wikipedia

Authorities continue to investigate the death of an 11-year-old girl on the Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba.

Teresa Cassandra Robinson went missing on May 5, 2015. Her body was found a few days later and it appeared that she had been mauled to death by an animal.

Authorities, however, determined that Teresa had been murdered. But with few leads, they have yet to make an arrest in the case so the Royal Canadian Mounted Police has launched an unprecedented campaign to collect DNA samples from as many male residents, ages 15 to 66, on the reserve as possible.

"They're desperate for answers and I think I have to support what they want. If they don't feel like their rights are being violated then I have to respect that," Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, told CBC.

According to CBC News, a large number of male residents have volunteered samples. As many as 2,000 could be collected in an attempt to get a break in the case.

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Manitoba grand chief defends RCMP collection of DNA from 2,000 men, boys on First Nation (CBC 2/5)
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