A teenager who recently aged out of government care has been found dead in Surrey.
The Representative for Children and Youth, Bernard Richard, says the 19-year-old aboriginal girl was found in a tent in a wooded area popular with the homeless.
Toxicology reports will determine if the death was drug or alcohol-related.
“These are circumstances that are troubling for any British Columbian I’m sure,” Richard told CKNW. “It’s hard not to be shocked and outraged by this kind of senseless death of a young person, and particularly when it involves children who have been in care.”
Richard adds that it’s time to re-think support for teens who are leaving government care and provide more service to help them through the transition period.