While missing persons are usually reported to police by family members, you do not have to be a relative to report a person missing. That is a message that the OPP are hoping will resonate with people as they plan to mark Missing Person Awareness Day in the district of Thunder Bay at Fort William First Nation.
“People commonly think you have to wait until the person has been gone 24 hours before calling police.” Said OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes.
“With missing persons cases, they’re very time sensitive. So, it’s important to let us know sooner, rather than later, so we can start looking for that person. There is also no time limit on the investigation, since missing persons cases remain open until they are resolved.”
Fort William First Nation, the Anishinabek Police Service, the Dilico Anishinabek Family Care and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are inviting members of the community and surrounding area to join them on Friday, September 7, 2018 to mark Missing Person Awareness Day.
The day-long event will be an opportunity for the community and police to work together and remove barriers to reporting a missing person and help find or identify a loved one. There will be a presentation from the OPP’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coordination Team to increase awareness regarding human trafficking.
There will also be an opportunity to collect DNA samples from family members of missing persons for identification purposes, if required.
If you have information about a missing person or need help to find a loved one and have not contacted the police, then Missing Person Awareness Day is your chance to do so. The information that you possess may help find or identify a missing person and bring a resolution to their family members and friends.