Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls
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Little is known about Debbie Pelletier’s death says her older sister, Sharon Pelletier, of Regina.

According to Pelletier, what is known is that Debbie was at a house with some people she knew in the early morning hours of Dec. 25, 1988.

“She was brutally murdered,” says Pelletier.

“First she got stabbed in the back … then I noticed there were three knife marks up her chin, like they were holding her, like she was going to die, [like] torturing her.”

Pelletier was at the hospital shortly after Debbie’s body was transported there and she noticed the marks on her sister’s body. 

According to the Regina Police Service, a male known to the victim was charged with her murder.

The case went to trial, but the accused was acquitted by a jury on May 23, 1989.

Debbie’s death remains unsolved and the police have never been able to find new evidence.

Pelletier describes what happened to her sister Debbie as unjust and hard to get over — the family believes it lead to their mother dying eight months after the murder.

Thirteen years later, another one of Pelletier's sisters, Carol Prudhomme, was also found dead under circumstances the family found suspicious.

Debbie’s life was nothing but unfair, says Pelletier who was always worrying something was going to happen to her.

She also remains unsatisfied with the police investigation.

“I don’t even know if they talked to my mom at all,” says Pelletier about the Regina Police Service.

“I would basically say [the investigation] was non-existent.”

No one from the police service ever contacted Pelletier herself. But in the aftermath of the death, she tries to remember what was good about her sister’s life.

“She was always happy. She had like, a thousand jokes,” she says.

“She never let her emotions show.”

Today Pelletier honours both her sisters through a family feast.

“I pray everyday. I pray with a meal and put out food for the spirits. Once a year I do that for my family.”

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