Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls
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Danielle Marissa LaRue was 24 years old when she disappeared from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in November 2002.

The Vancouver Police Department believe she was murdered.

On New Year’s Eve that year, an anonymous letter was dropped off at the Vancouver Police Department’s public service counter.

The letter discussed the disappearance and death of a Vancouver sex-trade worker.

The writer described LaRue, admitted to killing her and asked for the victim’s name to be mentioned in the news so he would know who she was.

In the letter, the writer apologized to LaRue’s family for taking her life.

Police say that life was not easy.

She was the victim of physical and sexual abuse as a child. She was placed in foster care at an early age and she ran away to Prince George, B.C. when she was only 13 years old.

According to police, LaRue turned to drugs to ease her pain.

She protected her younger brother and sister but worked in the sex trade to support her own habit.

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CBC News continues to investigate missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada, looking at the unsolved cases and telling the stories of the families and communities.