Tammy Nattaway was a very quiet 16-year-old girl from Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill First Nation), Manitoba. She was respectful, kind, and shy.
It has been one year since Tammy's family has heard Tammy's quiet voice or her laughter. It has been one year since her family has been able to wrap her in a hug or listen to her tell them about the latest book she is reading. It has been one year since their little girl went missing on July 14, 2020.
"I knew she wouldn't run away," said Tammy's mother Cecile Stephanie Nattaway. "She was timid. She wouldn't run off. She would barely even walk to the convenience store by herself. We always knew where she was. We knew something else was going on."
When the family had checked with everyone they knew, in Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill), Minithayinikam (St. Theresa's Point First Nation), and Wasagamack First Nation, and nobody had seen or heard from Tammy, they contacted RCMP on July 31, 2020.
The communities and RCMP began searching for Tammy and have spent hundreds of hours searching since she was reported missing. Searches were conducted by land, water, and air. The communities have been tireless in their efforts to cover all the surrounding areas.
"We have received and followed up on numerous tips and have interviewed more than 100 people as part of this investigation," said Sgt Gary Bird of RCMP Major Crime Services. "We do suspect foul play in Tammy's disappearance. Our investigative team is working hard to find answers for Tammy's family, and we continue to follow up on any and all information received."
Tammy was reserved and more than anything liked to read. She would use her phone to read fiction, said her grandmother. Her dream was to be a dentist. "I want to fly," Tammy would tell her family, and they truly believed that with her determination she could do anything.
"We're all waiting for her to come home," said Tammy's grandmother Lena Harper. "We want answers. We want justice. We will never give up looking for her."
Tammy's father doesn't say much. Tammy is like him in that she is quiet. "We love you," Bradley Nattaway says to his daughter.
Tammy's family will never give up, and neither will the RCMP. If anyone has information, please call Island Lake RCMP at 204-456-2626, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.