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Two teens missing, body discovered in northern B.C.

RCMP in northern B.C. are asking for the public’s help in locating two teenagers whose vehicle was found on fire south of the Stikine River Bridge on Highway 37 on Friday.

Dease Lake RCMP responded to the vehicle fire and discovered a body at a nearby highway pullout.

On Sunday, police said the body did not belong to either of the two young men who were driving the vehicle. Those individuals — 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky — are missing.

The two teens are from Port Alberni and were traveling through B.C. to Whitehorse, Yukon, in search of work, police said. Why they returned to B.C. or what their travel plans might be is unclear, police said.

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“Kam and Bryer have periodically connected with family and friends over the past week and it is possible that they are now in area without cell coverage,” said Dawn Roberts, a spokesperson for B.C. RCMP, in a release.

“However, we have found their vehicle and have not been able to locate either of them at this time,” Roberts added. “We are asking for Kam or Bryer to connect with police right away and let us know you are okay. Or we ask that anyone who may have spoken to or seen them over the last few days to call police so we can get a better understanding as to where they might be or their plans.”

Both men are roughly 6’4″, weighing 169 pounds, police said. McLeod has dark brown hair and facial hair and brown eyes. Schmegelsky has sandy brown hair.

The pair was travelling in a red and grey Dodge pickup truck with a sleeping camper and B.C. licence plate LW6433. Police said they were last seen travelling south from the Super A general store in Dease Lake on Thursday afternoon around 3:15 p.m.

Police said it is unclear how the disappearance of McLeod and Schmegelsky might be related to the body discovered near their vehicle. Investigators are still working to identify the body.

Anyone with information about the missing teens is asked to call Dease Lake RCMP at 250-771-4111 or to contact CrimeStoppers at 800-222-8477 to report anonymously.

July 21, 2019 / by / in
Missing 100 Mile House, BC teen found deceased

The teen was last seen heading towards Centennial Park in 100 Mile House around 5:30 p.m.

Allan Faulkner Jr., was discovered at approximately 12 p.m. on July, 20. near the base of the old ski hill in 100 Mile House. The 100 Mile RCMP is currently supporting the BC Coroner Service with their investigation. The public is advised to stay away from the area until after 6 p.m. this evening.

“The 100 Mile House RCMP Detachment offers their condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. If you need help in dealing with this tragic circumstance, please reach out for support,” said Staff Sgt. Svend Neilsen.

There are a number of local services available, including the local RCMP Victim Services at 250-395-2456, Peter Skene Ogden Counselling Program for local students, the Armed Forces Outreach at 1-800-268-7708 for those connected to local military programs and other local counselling services.

UPDATE (12:30): Allan Faulkner Jr., 19, has been found deceased, according to the RCMP.

UPDATE (10 a.m.): There is now a Facebook group for the missing teen, Bring Allan Home.

ORIGINAL (9:33 a.m.): A local family is asking for help in locating a missing teenager who was last seen in 100 Mile House on Friday (July 19) approximately around 6 p.m.

Allan Faulkner Jr. was last seen heading towards Centennial Park around 5:30 p.m. wearing a grey and red (possibly orange) hoodie and jeans.

He was carrying a backpack. Faulkner is roughly 6 ft tall and is wearing prescription glasses.

According to a Facebook post, there is a reason to believe he is in serious distress and could be suicidal.

Everyone please share. This is my families family. ❤️ Krystal Khan

Posted by Carri Fraser Ash on Saturday, July 20, 2019
July 20, 2019 / by / in
Air Force to end search for Stephane Roy, son

The Royal Canadian Air Force says it will spend one final day searching for a missing Quebec businessman and his son before handing the case over to the provincial police.

Stephane Roy and his 14-year-old son Justin were reported missing on July 11 after failing to return home from a fishing trip in Lac de la Bidiere, a remote area in the upper Laurentians regions west of La Tuque, Que.

The pair were aboard Roy’s Robinson R44 helicopter.

A statement from the air force today says it will make the “difficult decision” to reduce its search operations and relinquish the case to the provincial police as a missing persons investigation.

Roy is the founder and owner of Les Serres Sagami Inc., which produces greenhouse-grown tomatoes and other produce under the Sagami and Savoura brands.

More than 90 people with the air force, the Canadian Coast Guard and other rescue services had been looking for the pair.

The Canadian Press

July 20, 2019 / by / in
Toronto Police requesting the public’s assistance identifying man

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance identifying a man who was located in the King Street West and Dufferin Street area. 

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On Monday, July 15, 2019, at approximately 7:15 am, Toronto Paramedics responded to a call for a man with a medical emergency inside of a restaurant. The man was then taken to hospital where he remains. 

The identification he had in his possession shows him to be 61-year-old Stephen Andrejewski. 

Toronto Police are seeking any information regarding the man’s family and or friends. 

A photograph from his identification dated in 2005 has been released. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, 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. 

July 19, 2019 / by / in
Man escapes abduction attempt in Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay police say a 29-year-old man was narrowly able to escape after being pulled inside a van.

In a news release, the Thunder Bay Police Service said the intended victim was walking in the area of Arthur and James streets just after 5 a.m. on Thursday when he was approached by a vehicle and pulled inside.

Police said the man was able to free himself from the occupants of the vehicle and escape.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black van. Police said the vehicle was reported to have four occupants — two black men and two white men.

The victim flagged down a passerby, who helped him get to safety. That passerby, who police want to speak to, was driving a white van.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about the identity of the people in the suspect vehicle is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

by: TbNewsWatch.com Staff

July 19, 2019 / by / in
Ottawa Inuit will gather July 20 to memorialize missing Inuk woman

Mary Papatsie, an Inuk woman originally from Pangnirtung who went missing in Ottawa more than two years ago, will be memorialized this July 20 at a gathering in the city.

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“The gathering is open to all community members that want to show the family support and remember Mary,” said a news release that Tungasuvvingat Inuit issued on Tuesday, July 9.

The mother of 10, who was 39 at the time of her disappearance, had been living in Ottawa for about 15 years when she went missing in May 2017.

The Ottawa Police Service opened an investigation into Papatsie’s disappearance that year, eventually turning it over to its major crimes unit.

But family members say they haven’t heard any news from police ever since. There have been no reported sightings of the missing women or possible suspects identified in connection to her disappearance.

“One of the most difficult things about coming together to remember Mary is that we still don’t know what happened to her,” said Mary’s sister, Miika Papatsie, in a TI release.

“Having this gathering will allow us to grieve together, remember and honour my sister, but it is hard to have closure if we have no answers.”

The family launched a fundraiser earlier this year to help bring Mary’s relatives together and to say goodbye.

The Papatsies received private donations as well as support through First Air and a fund set up through the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

That will allow relatives from Pangnirtung and other Nunavut communities to come to Ottawa to attend the event.

The memorial service is set for Saturday, July 20 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, at 300 des Pères-Blancs Avenue, from 2 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The gathering is open to all community members who want to show support to the Papatsies, the family said.

It will start with an Anglican service, followed by a feast with country food, games and music.

Anyone with information on Mary Papatsie’s whereabouts is still asked to contact the Ottawa Police Major Crime Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5493, or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

By Sarah Rogers

July 19, 2019 / by / in
New Missing Persons Act unveiled at Toronto police headquarters

Toronto Police and other services in the province will benefit from a new Act proclaimed by the Ontario government that addresses barriers faced by law enforcement when investigating missing persons.

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Chief Mark Saunders with Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and D/Sgt Stacy Gallant

Police now have the ability to obtain a judicial order to get copies of records that may assist in a search, a search warrant that allows entry onto a premises to locate a missing person and also make an urgent demand for records without a court order.

Chief Mark Saunders said the legislation will be an important resource for police officers across Ontario who work to find the thousands of missing people every year.

“In Toronto, we have created a Missing Persons Unit dedicated to improving the way we investigate and find people who are missing,” he said at a press conference outside police headquarters on July 18 to launch the new legislation. “We try to bring them back to their lives, their families and their safety

“…Even with the dedicated team, we know that no two cases are the same. We are here today because, simply put, the more resources we have and the more tools that we have, the better chances we have for success. With the Missing Persons Act, we will now have an opportunity and ability to access information that was previously unavailable to investigators, in many cases specifically when a crime was not immediately evident.”

D/Sgt. Stacy Gallant said the Service’s Missing Person investigators will benefit from the new legislation.

“Keeping the privacy of the individual in mind along with the person’s safety and security obtaining access to records can significantly advance an investigation, specifically those that cannot be resolved in short order,” he said. “Knowing that a cell phone is still active and where it was last used, knowing the last place a credit or debit card was used are records that can lead to other potentially valuable evidence like video surveillance of the missing person, last known contacts, if the person was alone and if the person sought medical attention. This helps develop the footprint of the individual both electronically and physically.”

Gallant said investigators will continue to assess the risk level of the missing person and take appropriate actions.

The Service’s Missing Person Unit, he added, has been in the process of reviewing and updating procedures related to Missing Persons and Unidentified Human Remains.

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A large turnout of media att he Missing Persons Unit press conference outside police headquarters

“As Toronto’s new Missing Person Unit continues to evolve, we strive to ensure that investigators have the tools, training, support and guidance while ensuring transparency and accountability to those that we serve,” Gallant said. “We look forward to utilizing these new tools. In fact, our investigators have already started to utilize the new tool to gain access to records previously unavailable on a number of older cases under review.”

Toronto Police investigates between 4,000 and 5,000 missing persons annually. Most of the cases are resolved expeditiously with the person being located unharmed and safe.

Last year, nearly 7,500 adult Ontarians were reported missing to police.

“In some sad and extreme cases, they won’t be found before tragedy strikes and it’s too late,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

She’s confident that each of the new tools will help police locate loved ones quickly and effectively.

“At the same time, we recognize that not every missing person wants to be found and that safeguards must be built into the legislation to protect the privacy of individuals,” said Jones. “The Missing Persons Act strikes that delicate balance by setting a high bar for access to records or search warrants. It requires that police and judicial officers carefully consider privacy issues and whether there is evidence that a person does not wish to be located.”

The Act also imposes strict guidelines on what information police may disclose about a missing person before and after they have been located.

“There are certain circumstances when a missing person may be at imminent risk of harm, or records that could be helpful in a search are destroyed in the time it takes to obtain a judicial order,” said Jones. “In such cases, police may exercise an urgent demand for records without seeking a judicial order.”

Jones said the officer would have to report the use of an urgent demand to a member of the police service designated by the Chief of Police and make reasonable efforts to notify the person whose information was accessed.

The police board, she added, would have to report publicly on the use or urgent demands by the police service.

The Ontario Government Missing Person Act was a key recommendation in the inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youth in Thunder Bay. The legislation is also consistent with a recommendation of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“We know that police are typically the first point of contact when a person goes missing and needs help returning home safely,” Jones noted. “I thank them, as I do the many Ontario families, for pressing the case for such an important piece of public safety legislation.”

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service

July 18, 2019 / by / in
Calgary Police asking for public’s help in missing man investigation

The Calgary Police Service is asking for the publics help in the case of a missing Calgary man, after deeming the case suspicious.

In a release from CPS, it states that investigators have looked into all footprints of life for Abdikadir Tukhov, but been unable to find any evidence of activity.

Investigators are asking the for the publics help in identifying a man and woman that are seen in a surveillance photo from the Cambridge Red Deer hotel (Sheraton Red Deer) early in the morning Dec. 4, 2016.

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In the release police said they believe the pair may have information on Tukhovs disappearance.

According to CPS friends of Tukhov believe that he “may have been met with foul play.”

Police say that Tukhov was reported missing on Dec. 11, 2016, and the 43-year-old was last seen leaving his house in the community of Abbeydale on Sept. 5, 2016.

Tukhov is said to have had a transient lifestyle, spending time in Calgary, Grande Prairie, Edmonton and Red Deer, police believe he was working as a taxi driver in Grande Prairie before he went missing.

“We know that people in the community have information about Abdikadir’s disappearance,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the CPS Homicide Unit. “Abdikadir left behind a wife and two children and we ask that anyone who has information come forward so that we can provide closure to his friends and family. Even what seems like the most insignificant information can sometimes be enough to help detectives solve a case.”

The woman is described as 25 to 40, with an average build with brown hair.

The man is described as 30 to 45, with an average build and wearing a hat in the photo.

Police ask that if you have any information you call the Calgary Police Service Homicide Tip Line at 403-428-8877. They may also contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.

July 18, 2019 / by / in
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL family travelling in boat located safe and sound

Last night, just before 9:00 p.m., Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP received a report of concern for the well-being of a family who departed Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier in the day by boat, heading to their cabin at Sandy Cove Head.

A relative, who was destined for the same location, had departed sometime before the family and turned back due to poor conditions. He did not see the family upon his return travel and was unable to make contact with them. The relative was concerned for their well-being.

The family of five, which included three children, departed around lunchtime and could not be reached. Police learned they were last seen in the Rabbit Island/Muldoon’s Point area.

Police activated Happy Valley-Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue which, given the location of the search, partnered with local Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers utilizing their vessel to conduct a search.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre was engaged and, with assistance from the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre out of St John’s, completed an aerial search with a Cormorant and a Hercules aircraft.

At approximately 3:20 a.m., the family was located safe and sound at their cabin.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP thanks all parties involved for the efforts that were made in the successful search and location of this family.

July 18, 2019 / by / in
Two Children Found Wandering on Street in Oshawa, Ontario

Two children were located walking alone on the street early this morning in Oshawa.

On Thursday, July 18, 2019 at approximately 2:45 a.m., a motorist called police after almost hitting a child who was running naked on the street in central Oshawa. 

At approximately 2:55 a.m., officers located a male child running westbound on King Street West, just west of Park Road South. The child was naked, without shoes but was unharmed and in good spirits. The child was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

Officers began canvassing the immediate area in an attempt to obtain a home address for the child. The temperature was approximately 25 degrees Celsius. At approximately 3:18 a.m., a second male child was located walking eastbound on Saguenay Avenue near Park Road. This child was clothed and wearing shoes. He was unharmed and in good spirits and also taken to hospital as a precaution. The children were siblings and aged three and five.

Just before 4 a.m., officers located the mother of both children in an unsecure apartment in the area. The Durham Children’s Aid Society was contacted and attended. 

The DRPS urges all parents of young children to keep their homes secure. Please pay special attention in these hot summer months to ensure windows, doors and all screens are secured. 

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