The Garden Hill First Nation murder of Teresa Hill and eventual request to drag for DNA samples was already specific to males between the ages of 15 and 50. RCMP were tight lipped on the group of interest. The condition of her body initially led investigators to believe she had been killed by a wild animal but investigators later determined it was a homicide.
Presumably they were interested in sexually mature individuals and did not respond to comments that murder may have been committed by a women.
Anyone who was a minor had to have their parents’ or guardians’ consent for police to gather DNA. Most had complied. One wonders how a minor would conduct themselves when faced by parental and police pressure, let alone band and community expectation. RCMP noted samples were being given voluntarily.
When the alleged 15 year old murderer was found the question of old fashion policing in that small community likely raised the question for the need for DNA sampling. Small communities talk and leads were likely directed by interviews. The assumption was a specific culprit. There were never any media questions about brothers or twins or family structures in this indigenous community.
RCMP requested voluntary DNA samples from men between the ages of 15 and 66 and hoped to collect 2,000 samples. RCMP never revealed how many samples were actually collected. It would be interesting to get those numbers despite the RCMP assertion that this was welcomed by the community. Yet the band chief was quoted as saying most complied.