As Montreal Police try to locate a B.C. woman wanted for setting fire to Canada’s only transgender reassignment clinic, we are learning more about the suspect.
Trans Alliance Society of Vancouver Chair Morgane Oger says she met Jayne Ellen Heideck a handful of times over the years.
42-year-old Heideck had gender reassignment surgery at the clinic.
Oger says while the Kelowna woman seemed happy after the procedure, four months later she complained about the process and said the facility didn’t give her adequate care.
“It’s devastating to the community. But it’s also a heinous crime what she did, or what she’s accused of doing. There is no excuse for an arsonist attack against a hospital, whether the root cause is anger or hatred or despair.”
Originally, there was speculation the fire may have been a hate crime, but police have ruled that out.
Oger says Heideck had a tough time dealing with societal pressures.
She is asking Heideck to contact police or someone from the Trans community.
Police in contact with suspect
Montreal Police say they’ve been in contact with Heideck.
Department spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant says a warrant has been issued for the woman’s arrest, but only in Quebec.
“There has been communication with that person that was involved in that arson and for now we’re trying to meet with that person so we can get more information on the event itself.”
Brabant says Montreal Police are also in contact with Kelowna RCMP.