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Tanya Holyk
Tanya Holyk.jpg
Age 23
Race First Nations
Sex Female
Location Vancouver, British Colombia
Disappeared November 3, 1996
Missing for 24 years
Height 5' 6"
Weight 115 pounds
Classification Suspected homicide

Tanya Holyk was a young Native American woman who disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown East Side in late October or early November of 1996. She is likely to have been a victim of the serial killer Robert Pickton.

Case

Tanya was described as 5 foot 6 inches tall, and approximately 115 pounds. She had dark hair, which was long and curly, and brown eyes. She, like many of Pickton's chosen victims, was a known drug user and sex trade worker.

Due to her racial background, addiction, and occupation, her disappearance was poorly investigated by police. Her missing persons file was closed shortly after it began, as the lead investigator determined that she was "just partying." They also suspected that she was attempting to escape the responsibilities of caring for her 11-month-old son, Gary.

When police investigated Robert Pickton's property in 2002, her DNA was found on the walls of a freezer in his workshop. She was one of twenty-seven victims that Pickton initially stood accused of murdering, but the charge in her death - like many of Pickton's other victims - was stayed in order to expedite the charges against him for the six victims whose remains were found on his property.

Her remains have been located on the farm itself. It is speculated that her body had entirely decomposed, or been disposed of through various methods used by Pickton, before police had fully searched the property.

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