Searchers find body of young Alberta mom who walked into cold, snowy night

A young Alberta mother who walked out of her grandmother’s home in the middle of the night late last month, leaving her infant child behind, has been found dead.

Tawny Riel Lefthand

Tawny Riel Lefthand

TURNER VALLEY, Alta. — A young Alberta mother who walked out of her grandmother’s home in the middle of the night late last month, leaving her infant child behind, has been found dead.

RCMP at Turner Valley say the body of Tawny Poucette-Lefthand was found early Thursday night on the Eden Valley First Nation.

The 21-year-old woman disappeared Feb. 26 when she left the house on the reserve, about 120 kilometres southwest of Calgary.

Police have said it was snowing and very cold when Poucette-Lefthand disappeared.

An extensive search was launched, involving family, friends, police dogs, helicopters, snowmobiles and search and rescue teams.

There is no word on the cause of death, but police say an autopsy will be done early next week.