Getaway driver for Prince Albert manslaughter still on the run more than a year after final appeal failed
Tasia Natewayes never turned herself in after Supreme Court rejected appeal
Prince Albert Police say they're frustrated that a woman convicted of acting as an accessory to manslaughter has been able to evade arrest for more than a year.
Tasia Natewayes, 32, was found guilty by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals for her role as a getaway driver for a group of young men who killed Dakota Nayneecassum in Prince Albert, Sask. in 2012.
Naynecassum, an 18-year-old from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation had been visiting a friend in Prince Albert's West Flat neighbourhood when the group broke into the house. Nayneecassum died of a stab wound to the heart.
Due to the investigation, Bergen wouldn't comment on where he believed Natewayes is but he said officers do have suspicions about where she might be residing due to family ties in the area. He said officers are limited in what they can do.
"We need to know with more than just a speculation that that person is reasonably there before we can lawfully enter into a residence to locate somebody or arrest somebody," he said.
Police in Prince Albert have been working with the RCMP on the file, as well as working with CrimeStoppers and putting the warrant for Natewayes' arrest into the national criminal database.
Bergen said, as an officer, cases like this one hang over your head.
"Of course we want to bring anybody before justice as efficiently and as soon as possible," he said.
"It just feels like a task that's not complete until it's concluded with the arrest."
Natewayes had been serving time at a healing lodge before she was granted interim judicial release pending the Supreme Court appeal.