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Two teens missing following single vehicle crash

Police with RCMP West Kootenay Traffic along with Trail and District RCMP attended to a single vehicle crash near Trail on Sunday afternoon.

Police say at approximately 4:12 PM, members of the Trail and Greater District RCMP along with West Kootenay Traffic Services attended to a single vehicle crash on Seven Mile Dam Road near Trail.

A Volkswagon Beetle driven by a female from Salmo, BC, drove off the road at a curve, went down a steep embankment, and into the Pend Oreille River. The driver and front passenger, a 15 year-old female from Warfield, managed to get out of the submerged vehicle and to the surface, but two other occupants did not surface. A 15 year-old male and 18 year-old female both from Fruitvale are missing and presumed deceased.

Seven Mile Dam Road was closed for several hours while emergency personnel completed examination of the scene. Members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team are on scene today to attempt to locate and recover the vehicle and remaining occupants.

Sergeant Chad Badry with the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic said, “We are asking drivers to avoid the area while the RCMP continue to investigate the cause of this tragic crash. The BC Coroners Service has been advised.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call West Kootenay Traffic Services at 250-354-5180.

March 18, 2019 / by / in
Missing snowmobilers safely located by Deer Lake Regional Search and Rescue

Yesterday evening, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Deer Lake RCMP received a complaint of three snowmobilers from Deer Lake who were lost in the back country between Bonne Bay Pond and Cormack.

Because of poor conditions one of the men became separated from the other two.

A team from Deer Lake Regional Search and Rescue was deployed and located the lone male first, shortly after midnight. A second team was deployed and located the other two men at approximately 4:00 this morning. All three were reported to be in good health.

RCMP NL reminds the public of the importance of being aware of possible forecasted weather conditions before heading out into the country and to always be prepared with the proper equipment and provisions should you find yourself lost in the woods.

March 18, 2019 / by / in
Family searches for man who went missing on island in traditional healing journey

Family and friends believe Thomas was dealing with deeper mental illness than they were aware of.

The evidence of Travis Damon Thomas’s survival is scarce but his uncle says it’s scattered around a remote island off the coast of Vancouver Island: a circle of footprints, the remains of a sea urchin, a burned log.

Occasionally, the 41-year-old who is listed as a missing person by the RCMP has been spotted.

Thomas was sent to Bartlett Island near Tofino in July as part of an Indigenous tradition to help him heal from addiction and other ailments, said Alfred Dick, his uncle.

But the traditional method of the Ahousaht First Nation didn’t go as planned, Dick said, when Thomas didn’t return home after two weeks.

“Something just went awry on this one,” Dick said.

Seven months later, friends and family visit the island daily to leave food and other supplies for Thomas and try to coax him home.

“When we start a healing journey within our nation — if you’re having troubles, maybe addiction or something of that sort — we usually bring them to an island or isolated area where they can be by themselves and find themselves for roughly about two weeks before we let anyone join them and start helping and counselling them,” Dick said from the island as he dropped off supplies.

“He got put on the island and when they come to check on him he wasn’t around. All the signs were here that he was here, but he was nowhere to be seen, he went into the bush.”

Family and friends now believe Thomas was dealing with deeper mental illness than they were aware of. He had also faced several devastating challenges in recent years including the death of his wife, Dick said.

The island, which is only about 1.5 kilometres long and 700 metres wide, has regularly been used as a site for traditional healing but members of the First Nation usually stick to the beaches instead of the dense inland forest.

The RCMP say Thomas was last seen on the island on Aug. 7. When he couldn’t be found, his family conducted its own search.

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The evidence of Thomas’s survival is scarce but his uncle says it’s scattered around a remote island off the coast of Vancouver Island: a circle of footprints, the remains of a sea urchin, a burned log. (Alfred Dick-Facebook/The Canadian Press)

Dick said five days was the longest stretch of time that passed without any evidence of Thomas.

RCMP ground and air patrols, local search and rescue teams, and the Canadian Coast Guard have conducted an extensive but unsuccessful search. On Oct. 18, more than 200 ground search volunteers and 20 vessels combed the island and surrounding waters, the RCMP say.

“Our search is unfortunately very difficult given the island’s extremely dense forest and brush area,” Sgt. Todd Pebernat says in the statement issued in November, which the Mounties say still stands when they were asked for an interview earlier this month.

The missing person file remains open and while the formal search has been suspended, local efforts continue.

The Mounties say they have no information to suggest Thomas had left the island but “are alive to the possibility that he may no longer be there.”

“The desire to find Mr. Thomas remains within all of us. To this end, the RCMP has maintained its presence of trail cameras on the island and examines any new reports of possible sightings or compelling leads,” the statement says.

Elder Dave Frank, who is a cultural support worker with Ahousaht’s wellness department, said he believes Thomas just needs more time.

“Without seeing him or talking to him, I don’t know what his mental state is right now. On a physical state, he’s doing OK,” Frank said.

When an individual is sent to the island, it’s a decision made by the family, he said. But the department provides support, including sending a counsellor to the island for one-on-one time with the individual, he said.

“Where I come from, we live in the best of two worlds. We live in a Western society with Western expertise and medical and all those things, and we also live in a world of the old ways too,” he said.

Providing an individual with supplies is also newer practice, he said, because in the past a person would only be left with tools and medicine.

The department leaves it up to the family to decide when a loved one is ready to return home.

There have been cases when a family has pulled the individual back early because he or she appears to be suffering instead of healing, he said, and there are cases where someone hasn’t returned home for one or two years.

There have been more successful cases than failed ones, he said.

“When you get out there, it changes you, you’re forced to look within yourself,” he said. “They begin to take a look at themselves and move forward.”

About half a dozen family and friends visit the island every day and Thomas’s Facebook page express love and affection for him.

“We’re just praying and hoping that he comes to us soon,” Dick said.

Source: CBC

March 17, 2019 / by / in
Missing person case becomes murder investigation

Wellington County OPP say that the body of Jason John Brown was found in Oshawa on Wednesday and that his death is being investigated as a homicide.

Police say they were called to a home on Jessie Street in Harriston, Ont. Tuesday for a report of a missing man. The man was identified as Brown.

A day later, OPP were contacted by Durham Regional Police with the news that Brown’s body was located on Stevenson Road North in Oshawa.

A post-mortem was completed on Brown’s body and police are now treating the 43-year-old’s death as a homicide.

Police are asking anyone with information about his death at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

March 15, 2019 / by / in
Saskatchewan government makes amendments to missing persons act gives police more power in investigations

The province is giving police more power to help find missing people in Saskatchewan.

The Missing Persons and Presumption of Death Amendment Act comes into effect Friday and will help police investigate missing persons cases when there is no suspected criminal activity.

“It is devastating for friends and families when a loved one goes missing,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said in a news release. “We must offer them every support available. These changes will ensure that police services have the most up-to-date tools to help find missing people.”

Currently when there is no criminal activity suspected in a missing persons case, police cannot use the Criminal Code to access personal information.

The amendment means police can obtain a search order if a missing minor or vulnerable person is believed to be in a building, access more records like GPS information, employment records and school records, gain information about a person who might be in contact of a missing minor or vulnerable person, and make emergency demands for personal records under certain criteria.

The Missing Persons and Presumption of Death Act began in 2009. The act defines how property of a missing person is administered, outlines presumption of death provisions and sets out access to information for family and law enforcement.

Saskatchewan was the first province to bring in access to information provisions for missing people.

Source: CTV News

March 15, 2019 / by / in
Prince Albert artist bringing people together to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women

A Prince Albert-based artist is hoping to create understanding and awareness about the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada by getting the community involved in a local art project.

Cheryl Ring is working with community members to create 1,200 clay hearts. She’s been spending time with local youth, business and community groups, and Indigenous organizations to make the hearts as part of an art installation she’s working on to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women.

“This is going to change the world because some day, one of these kids is going to speak differently, think differently or act differently about this important issue and that’s where the change starts.” Artist Cheryl Ring.

Ring said the issue of missing or murdered women across Canada has touched her deeply and she wanted to do something to remember the names of those lost and help the local community understand the importance of taking it seriously.

“This isn’t a First Nation issue, it’s not a women’s issue, it’s a human issue,” Ring said. “I just feel that this project has such a wide reach of meaningful intent and really, this is going to change the world because some day, one of these kids is going to speak differently, think differently or act differently about this important issue and that’s where the change starts.”

Each clay heart is also adorned with a stamp of a bear claw before it is dried and fired in the kiln. As she works with various groups to make the hearts, Ring talks about the significance of the heart shape as well.

“It is the universal understanding of all humanity,” she adds. “It is a shape that conveys emotion without words.”

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Students at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School made clay hearts this week as part of a local art project to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women. (Charlene Tebbutt/paNOW Staff)

Ring has been working out of a classroom space at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School since January. Some 650 clay hearts have already been completed and she’s hoping to have the rest done by the end of the school year in June.

She’s hoping the hearts will become part of a permanent art installation as a lasting reminder not to forgot those who are missing, or who have been murdered.

Ring said the local missing persons case of Happy Charles, who has been missing since 2017, is one that continues to resonate with her.

“Just like the heart, the word happy has a universal meaning, we all know what the word means without a description,” she told her art group. “She is loved, she is missed and she is very well connected to her family.”.

Source: paNOW

March 14, 2019 / by / in
Toronto Police Missing Person Unit appeal for information in the case of a missing man

The Toronto Police Service’s Missing Person Unit would like to make a public appeal for information in the case of a missing man. 

George Norman Heys, was 22-years-old when he was last seen leaving his residence for a medical appointment on Tuesday, November 28, 1978. He never arrived at his appointment and was never seen again. 

At the time he went missing, he was described as 5’10”, 160 lbs., with hazel eyes, brown hair and having a small tattoo of a devil on his right upper arm. 

He was a student at George Brown College and various people reported seeing George, at the time, in and around the downtown core but he was never located. 

He was reported missing by his parents on Friday, December 1, 1978. They have since passed away but his siblings continue to seek answers to his disappearance. 

His photo from 1978 has been re-released as well as an artist rendering of his age progression. 

George Norman Heys

George Norman Heys

For more information on this investigation and other similar cases, please visit the National Missing Person website. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7411, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World. 

The Toronto Police Service Missing Person Unit (MPU) became operational on July 1, 2018. The MPU is a subsection of Homicide and will ensure a consistent process and investigative response for all occurrences of persons missing in the city of Toronto, or on the way to/from the city of Toronto. This includes both newly reported and historic cases of missing persons and unidentified human remains. For more information about the Missing Person Unit, click here

March 11, 2019 / by / in
CFB Trenton aircraft search for two people missing in Northern Ontario

A pair of aircraft from CFB Trenton are helping look for two missing people in northern Ontario.

Jody and Nicole Blais’s helicopter disappeared on Monday night while they were flying home to Kapuskasing from a vacation in Nashville, and David Lavallee, a public affairs officer with 1 Canadian Air Division at CFB Winnipeg, said a CC-130 Hercules airplane and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter, from 8 Wing’s 424 squadron, have been involved since the search began on Wednesday.

The Blaises were last seen in Sudbury on Monday, and the search area is between that city and Kapuskasing.

The OPP, along with two other military aircraft from Winnipeg and Bagotville, Quebec, are also looking for the couple.

Source: inquinte.ca

March 8, 2019 / by / in
RCMP are still investigating the disappearance of Lorlene Bone who was last heard from three years ago

Lorlene called her mother from Sapotaweyak Cree Nation on February 29, 2016 and has not been heard from since.

She is described as approximately 5’5” tall, 155 lbs with brown eyes and black hair. Lorlene was known to often dye her hair red or blonde and is from Wuskwi Sipihk Cree Nation (Indian Birch First Nation), Manitoba.

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Lorlene Bone

“This investigation remains active and ongoing,” said Sgt. Steve Henson of the Swan River RCMP Detachment. “We continue to explore and investigate all potential leads as it is our goal is to bring Lorlene Bone home to her family.”

Anyone with information regarding Lorlene’s whereabouts is urged to contact Swan River RCMP at 204-734-4686, or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Secure online tips can also be made at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

Source: Manitoba Post

March 1, 2019 / by / in
Hamilton Ontario Police Looking to Speak with Female that may have Information on Missing Person Thomas Heaney

Hamilton Police wish to identify and speak to a female who was seen on surveillance video in the area of Cannon Street and Wellington Street in downtown Hamilton, on February 23, 2019, shortly before 3:30 a.m.

Police believe this female may have information that may assist with their investigation into missing person Thomas Heaney.

Police are appealing to this person or anyone knowing her to contact the Hamilton Police, Division Three, Staff Sergeant Office at 905-546-3886

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Unknown Female

Information can be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit an anonymous tip online at www.crimestoppershamilton.com

March 1, 2019 / by / in