August 20, 2014 1:56 pm
Updated: August 20, 2014 2:05 pm

Slain Manitoba teen’s social services involvement reviewed

Tina Fontaine went missing from a Winnipeg group home on Aug. 9. Her body was found in the Red River on Sunday.

Winnipeg Police Service handout / Global News

WINNIPEG – The death of a 15-year-old Manitoba girl who ran away from foster care has prompted several reviews about whether social services failed her.

But the public may never know what role Child and Family Services had in Tina Fontaine’s life.

The province’s children’s advocate automatically investigates a child’s death while in Child and Family Services care, but the reviews are not made public.

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A final report will go to the province’s medical examiner, the ombudsman and the cabinet minister responsible, said Ainsley Krone, a spokeswoman for the advocate’s office.

Fontaine’s body was found wrapped in a bag in the Red River on Sunday, and police are treating the case as a homicide.

READ MORE: Missing teen murdered, dumped in river: police

Her death prompted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and the Assembly of First Nations to renew calls for a national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women.

READ MORE: Girl’s death prompts renewed calls for inquiry into missing, murdered women

Tina Fontaine went missing on Aug. 9. Her body was found in the Red River on Aug. 17.

Winnipeg Police Service handout / Global News

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