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.
From the OPP Missing Persons file, here are two people whose family miss them and are desperate for answers.
Celine Desbien from London, Ontario. Reported missing August 30th, 2018. Thunder Bay Police Service is requesting assistance from the public in locating Celine Desbien, 18- years-old from London, Ontario.
Celine has been in Thunder Bay visiting her boyfriend and has not been in touch with her family since August 30, 2018, and they are concerned for her welfare. Attempts for police to locate her have been unsuccessful to date.
Celine is described as a Caucasian female who is 5’6″ tall with a thin build. She has light brown long hair and brown eyes. Clothing descriptions are unknown.
Investigators are encouraging Celine to call her family or police to confirm her whereabouts. Anyone who may have seen her over the weekend is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.p3tips.com.
Missing Person – Kelly COLEMAN
The Government of the Province of Ontario is offering a total reward of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of Kelly COLEMAN.
Nichelle “Kelly” COLEMAN, 37 years of age, from Nottawa, Ontario, a small community south of Collingwood, was last seen in early August 2011. Kelly is described as 5’4”, 130 lbs., brown hair, green eyes and poor teeth. OPP investigators believe COLEMAN disappeared from her residence in Nottawa and may have unknown associates in the Barrie and Clearview Township areas.
Investigators urge any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of Kelly COLEMAN to immediately contact the Director of Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Services at 1-888-310-1122 or 705 329-6111, or their nearest police authority. Further information about this case is available on the OPP website at: www.opp.ca.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
This reward will be apportioned as deemed just by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the Province of Ontario and the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.
The information that you possess may help find or identify a missing person and bring a resolution to their family members and friends.
Missing Person Awareness Days are the result of funding provided by the Indigenous Justice Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General. The following link will take a person to the data base for Ontario’s missing persons. https://www.opp.ca/index.php?id=127