At the request of Regina police chief, the RCMP are reviewing the investigation into the death of Nadine Machiskinic.
Chief Evan Bray asked for the independent review following ongoing discussion with the Machiskinic family.
The 29-year-old died after she fell 10 storeys down a laundry chute at the Delta Hotel in January 2015.
Besides the Regina police investigation, an inquest and a review by the Public Complaints Commission had already been completed.
“Chief Bray felt strongly that if an independent review could give the family some comfort and help them move forward, he would make it happen,” Popowich said in an email. “When he looked for an available process there was none.”
According to Popowich, there was no mechanism to have the case reviewed. That’s when Bray contacted the RCMP, asking for a review.
RCMP will have access to all files and documents needed in order to review the RPS investigation.
The inquest ruled Machiskinic’s death undetermined.
Regina Police were not called for 60 hours after Machiskinic died. Evidence at the inquest indicated those initially on the scene assumed Machiskinic was passed out from drug or alcohol abuse.
There was also a delay in the toxicology being sent off for analysis. Two men seen on lobby cameras riding the elevator at the Delta with Machiskinic have never been identified.
While Bray admitted mistakes were made in the investigation, he said he remains confident in the police findings.
Machiskinic’s family believes she would have been unable to climb into the chute herself.
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the impression the Regina Police Service assumed Machiskinic was passed out from drugs or alcohol. That was incorrect. The police started an investigation when contacted by the coroner.