The mother of a woman found dead in northeast Saskatchewan is urging the RCMP to do everything possible in their investigation.
According to an RCMP news release, Tristin Jobb was found in medical distress at the Phantom Lake Golf Club in Creighton, Saskatchewan. October 6.
Jobb was pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics arrived.
Her mother Val Charlette wouldn’t believe it was her daughter.
“We all had hope that they had made a mistake. That it wasn’t her,” Charlette said.
Charlette is a member of the Mathias Columbus Cree Nation in northern Manitoba and currently lives in The Pas, Manitoba. She said RCMP officers repeatedly tried to dissuade her from going to the hospital to identify Jobb and acted “indifferent” to the investigation throughout.
“They really tried to talk me out of coming in to see if it was really her,” Charlette said of her first phone conversation with RCMP officers. “And they said to me, ‘Well, we’ll see what we can do here on this side. “
After identifying some of the tattoos on Jobb’s body, officers were convinced they knew his identity and again told Charlette not to make the trip.
When Charlette was finally allowed to see her daughter, she immediately noticed bruises and scratches all over her face.
I said she had been beaten. I could obviously see that someone had hurt her,” Charlette said. “And they said, ‘No, we’re not sure… it doesn’t look like she died of anything traumatic.’
Charlette learned that Jobb had been found in a shelter on the golf course. Charlette said Jobb’s hair was matted with lots of leaves, which she thought was suspicious as there was only gravel in the area where she was found.
RCMP officers and the coroner at the hospital said she likely died of exposure or attempted suicide.
Charlotte disagrees. She wants the RCMP to investigate her death as suspicious.
“She was so loved by all of us,” Charlette said.
Charlette says Jobb was hanging out with friends near Flin Flon, but may have tried to see another friend in Creighton.
Jobb previously lived in Nipawin but was the victim of a serious assault and moved in with his mother in The Pas three months ago to feel safer.
Charlette works as a mental health therapist in Pukatawagan, Manitoba, where she flies back and forth every week.
Charlette was out of contact with Jobb throughout the week leading up to his death.
She said officers told her Jobb was seen walking in the area on October 5 and “looked good”.
Officers also told him that Jobb was seen trying to enter the Phantom Lake clubhouse around 6 p.m., but was told to leave because there was a meeting going on. She also tried to enter the nearby house of the maintenance manager and was again told to leave. No one called the police for help.
“And I said, ‘Well, did he offer to take her back to town? Or did the RCMP call 911 to pick her up? Was he offered a taxi?
Charlette said her daughter suffered from substance use disorder, alcohol dependence, as well as anxiety and depression.
Charlette urges anyone with information about her daughter’s death to contact the Creighton RCMP Detachment or Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a non-profit political advocacy group.
She also wants to know why it took the RCMP eight days to issue a press release requesting information. She said Jobb was not suicidal and she does not accept exposure as the cause of death.
“My daughter is going to have a voice,” Charlette said.
“I don’t want her to be one of the missing and murdered Indigenous women. I see people hurting, families and communities hurting because of this.
“Because my daughter is Indigenous, that doesn’t mean what happened, her case, is just swept under the rug.”