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Missing children in Canada

2018-05-31

Michelle Lise Wedge © Police handout images Michelle Lise Wedge Annie Yassie © Police handout image Annie Yassie

Although May 25 is significant day in the campaign to highlight cases of missing children around the world, every day they are missing is critical.

May 25, National Missing Children's day began in the U.S. on the date that coincided with the day in 1979 that six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared on his way to school in New York. It was first observed in the U.S. in 1983, following a proclamation by president Ronald Reagan. Countries around the world also make note of International Missing Children's Day in various ways. 

In 1986 Canada's Solicitor General declared May 25 National Missing Children’s Day in Canada. Here are a number of Canadian cases of missing children, as documented among the cases of missing persons on the federal government website Canada's Missing. There are many more cases across the country.

Contact for police departments are included with information on individual cases, however tips on any missing or abducted children can also be made to Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you can remain anonymous. People can also send email to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains at: canadasmissing-disparuscanada@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. 

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Click or swipe to see Canadian cases, some of which are among those being investigated by the Missing Children Society of Canada.

Alberta

Jennifer Anne Regan © Police handout Jennifer Anne Regan

Jennifer Anne Regan has been missing from Calgary since Aug. 12, 1991. She was 16 years old when she disappeared and at the time was 5-6 and 130 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on the case should contact Calgary Police Service : 403-266-1234 and refer to case 92001580.

Tania Murrell © Police handout Tania Murrell

Tania Murrell was last seen in Edmonton on Jan. 20, 1983 when she left school at 11 a.m. to return home. At the time she was a blonde, brown-eyed 6-year-old, who weighed about 35 pounds and was about 2-9 tall. She had pierced ears and a birthmark on her right temple. The image on the right shows her at age 6 and has been age-processed to show her at 30 years old. Anyone with information on this case should contact Edmonton Police at 780-421-4567, eps@edmontonpolice.ca and refer to case 83-009284. Tips can also be made to Crime Stoppers

Matthew Allan Richard © Police handout Matthew Allan Richard

Matthew Allan Richard was 16 when he disappeared from Canmore, Alta. on Oct. 30, 1999. He had blonde, straight hair, blue eyes and a chipped front tooth. He was a slender, 6 foot tall teen who weighed 183 pounds. He was last seen at a truck stop in Sicamous, B.C. He went by several names, including Matthew Richard-Taylor, Matthew Taylor-Richard and Richard Taylor.  Anyone with information about this case can contact Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878 and refer to case 99-1852.

British Columbia

Rafal Krysztof Syrzycki © Police handout image Rafal Krysztof Syrzycki

Rafal Krysztof Syrzycki has been missing since June 29, 2002, when he was 16 years old. The blue-eyed, brown-haired teenager was 5-8 and 165 pounds when he was last seen in Coquitlam, B.C. Anyone with information about this case can contact Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550, referring to case 02CQ24036.

Joanne Pedersen © Police handout image Joanne Pedersen

Joanne Pedersen went missing on Feb. 19, 1983 near her home at Vedder Crossing (Chilliwack), B.C. She was last seen with an adult male at a telephone booth. She was 10 years old, with brown eyes and long, brown hair, 4-4 tall and 84 pounds with a slender build and a fair complexion. Anyone with information about this case can contact Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611, referring to case 83-02535.

Tyler Michael Davidovitch © Police handout photograph Tyler Michael Davidovitch

Tyler Michael Davidovitch was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Rie Ikeda Davidovitch. It’s possible they are in Japan, where he could be known as Tyler Michael Ikeda, or Taira Ikeda. He has been missing since Nov. 29, 2003, when he was four years old. He has brown hair and eyes and was 2-9 tall, weighing 48 pounds. Anyone with information on the case can contact Ridge Meadows, B.C. RCMP at 604-463-6251 and refer to case 2003-29358. 

Manitoba

Annie Yassie © Police handout image Annie Yassie

Annie Yassie was last seen with a male friend on June 22, 1974 in Churchill, Man., by a taxi driver. An extensive search of the area was done by foot, by air and with a police dog, but she was not found. At the time she was 13 years old. Yassie is an aboriginal girl with brown eyes and black hair and was 5-2, 103 pounds with a slender build. She was wearing brown platform shoes, blue jeans and a denim jacket at the time she disappeared. Anyone with information on the case can contact Winnipeg RCMP at 204-983-5461 or ddiv_contact@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and refer to case 1974-7018.

Debra Deane Richardson © Police handout photograph Debra Deane Richardson

Debra Deane Richardson has been missing since 1972, when investigations indicate she was dropped off on a highway in October 1972 near Gimli, Man. by her brother so she could hitchhike to Winnipeg. RCMP in Gimli had been told Aug. 2, 1982 that Richardson had been in Gimli to visit her brother, where she stayed for about three months. Richardson has officially been missing since Sept. 30, 1972 and was 17 years old when she disappeared. She is a blonde and blue-eyed and was 5-2 weighing 114 pounds with a medium build when she disappeared. Anyone with information about Richards can contact Project DEVOTE at 1-204-984-6396 and refer to case 1983-0020.

Marcus McKay © Police handout image Marcus McKay

Marcus McKay was eight years old when he went missing during a hunting trip near Mallard, Man. with his step-father. It was July 15, 2000 and the pair was had broken away from three others in their group to hunt on their own. They successfully felled a deer and Marcus was asked to stay with the animal while his step-father could get help. On return, Marcus was not to be found. At the time of his disappearance, the aboriginal boy was 4-5 and 75 pounds with a slender build, brown hair and eyes, and a fair complexion. Anyone with information about Marcus McKay can contact Winnipeg RCMP at 204) 983-5461, ddiv_contact@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and Reference Case#: 2000-0872 

New Brunswick cases

Michelle Lise Wedge © Police handout images Michelle Lise Wedge

Michelle Lise Wedge was seven years old when she was last seen. It was July 2 1975, at about 8:30 p.m. when Michelle returned to her home in Moncton, N.B., but left shortly after. Her bicycle was eventually found locked at the intersection of John and Dominion streets in Moncton, not far from her home. She has brown eyes and blonde hair, a fair complexion and a slender build. The photo on the right is an age progression image of what she might look like today. Anyone with information on Michelle Wedge can contact Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400 and refer to case 2002-11529.

© Police handout Andre Gauthier was 17 years old when he was last seen around 10:15 p.m., Sept. 23, 1984 in Saint John, N.B. near Sims Corner on the west side of the city. Gauthier is 5-5, about 139 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time he went missing he was wearing a black and orange vest with faded blue denim jeans and a white and blue shirt. He had an I Love NY key chain and a silver lighter with Andre engraved on the front, July 10, 1984, Irene + Paul on the back. Anyone with information can contact Saint John Police at 506-648-3333 and refer to case 84-08488. 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Adam, Mitchell and Trevor O'Brien, from Mount Pearl, N.L. have been missing Nov. 9, 1996 and may be in the company of their father, Gary Joseph O'Brien. Anyone with information on the boys can contact St. John's RNC at 709-729-8000 and refer to case 96-30299A.

Adam O'Brien © Police handout photograph Adam O'Brien

Adam O'Brien was 14 years old when he went missing. He has brown hair and blue eyes and was 4-9 and 99 pounds. The image has been enhanced to show what he might look like at age 25.

Trevor O'Brien © Police handout photograph Trevor O'Brien

Trevor O'Brien was 11 when he went missing. He has blue eyes and brown hair and was 4-5 and 70 pounds. The image has been enhanced to show what he might look like at age 22.

Mitchell O'Brien © Police handout photograph Mitchell O'Brien

Mitchell O'Brien was four years old when he went missing. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was 2-9, 46 pounds. The image has been enhanced to show what he might look like at age 19.

Northwest Territories, Nunavut

Charlene Catholique © Police handout photograph Charlene Catholique

Charlene Catholique of Fort Rae, NWT has been missing since July 22, 1990. At that time she was 15 years old, with brown eyes and black hair, 5-3 and 125 pounds. Anyone with information can contact Behchoko RCMP at 867-392-1111 and refer to case 90-1026.

Seven missing after boating accident. On the morning of the 23rd of July 1991, eight people left Igloolik NU. and were heading to Hall Beach, NU., travelling on a 24-foot freighter canoe powered by a 30-hp outboard motor. It was a stormy day with heavy rain and the canoe hit ice, filled with water and capsized. Only one person made it back to shore. There are no photographs of the missing.  Anyone with information can contact RCMP Hall Beach, Nunavut at 867-979-0123 and refer to case HAL2015274572.

Sheena Airut is an indigenous infant girl, born in 1991, with brown eyes and black hair. She weighed 15 pounds.

Sheila Airut was 19, an indigenous teen with brown eyes and long black hair. She was 5-1 and 119 pounds with a slender build and dark complexion.

Charlie Qrunnqnut was 19, an indigenous male with brown eyes and short, black hair. He was 5-5 and 150 pounds and his teeth showed visible decay.

Theophile Jamie Oolalak was a one-year-old, indigenous boy with brown eyes and short black hair. He was 29 pounds.

Marie Pauline Oolalak was a three-year-old indigenous girl with brown eyes and long black hair. She was 3-2 and 37 pounds with a slender build.

Helen Oolalak was a 32-year-old indigenous woman with brown eyes and long black hair. She was 4-9 and 114 pounds with a slender build with a dark complexion and false teeth.

Tanya Oolalak was an 8-year-old indigenous girl with brown eyes and long black hair. She was 4 feet tall and 110 pounds with a dark complexion.

Ontario

Cheryl Hanson © Police handout photograph Cheryl Hanson

Cheryl Hanson was seven years old when she went missing from Aurora, Ont., the evening of May 31, 1974. She left her home on Bloomington Road for a 10-minute walk to her cousin’s house, which was also on Bloomington Road, but she never arrived. Police, volunteers and militia conducted a massive search around York Region but never found Cheryl or any of her belongings. She was wearing a brown, check sweater and a red coat and was holding a paper bag with floral pajamas when she went missing. She has blue eyes and blond hair and at the time she was 4 feet tall and 51 pounds with a slender build. An age-progression image is shown on the right. Anyone with information can contact York Regional Police Service at 1-866-876-5423 and refer to case 1974-7835.

John Patrick McCormick © Police handout photograph John Patrick McCormick

John Patrick McCormick was 15 when he was last seen with Lloyd Eric Larsfolk, then 14, playing at a farm in the Caledon, Ont. area on Aug. 24, 1981. John has blue eyes and blonde, short wavy hair, was 5-3 and 95 pounds. He is shown in an age-progression photo.

Lloyd Eric Larsfolk © Police handout photographs Lloyd Eric Larsfolk

Lloyd Eric Larsfolk has blue eyes, blonde short wavy hair with a stained front tooth that was darkened and discoloured. He was 4-9 and 79 pounds with a slender build and was wearing a blue, long-sleeve checked shirt with blue denim pants and brown boots. He has a small brown birthmark on the left side of one wrist. Anyone with information can contact Caledon OPP: OPP MPUB 1-877-934-6363; 1-705-330-4144; tips@missing-u.ca; opp.isb.resolve@opp.ca and refer to case MPUB20060066OPP.

Quebec cases

On Sept. 8 2008, Shannon Alexander, 17, Maisy Odjick, 16, were reported missing from the Quebec First Nation community of Kitigan Zibi, which is located near the town of Maniwaki. On Sept. 5, 2008, the two girls went to the Maniwaki arena, and joined a group of youths. Maisy then went to spend the night at Shannon’s house. Shannon’s father was the last person to have seen his daughter on Sept. 6. 2008. Anyone with information can contact SQ Montreal Crimes Against Persons: Sûreté du Québec at 1-800-659-4264 and refer to case 135-080910-003.

Maisy Odjick © Police handout photograph Maisy Odjick

Maisy Odjick, also know as Maisy Jacko, is aboriginal, has brown eyes and black hair, which was shoulder length when she went missing. She was about 5-6 and weighed about 125 pounds with a medium build. At the time she had several piercings, to her left nostril, her lower lip and her breast.

Shannon Alexander © Police handout photograph Shannon Alexander

Shannon Alexander is aboriginal, with brow eyes and black hair. She was 5-7 and weighed between 119 and 140 pounds. She had a pimpled, pockmarked complexion. She had a pierced navel and ears and was last seen wearing white and red Asics shoes. She's got a scar on her left knee.

Yohanna Cyr © Police handout images Yohanna Cyr

Yohanna Cyr has been missing since Aug. 15, 1978. At the time, the 18-month-old Yohanna was left with her mother's boyfriend for a few days while her mother was out of town. They all lived in the Saint Laurent area in Montreal. Upon her return to Montreal, her mother was told that her baby was in Washington with the boyfriend’s mother. She went to the U.S., but couldn't find the child. Upon returning home Yohanna's mother alerted police. The boyfriend claimed then that Yohanna drowned in the bathtub during the mother’s absence and that she had been buried before the mother’s return. He was questioned and then released due to lack of evidence. When she went missing Yohanna was 29 pounds with brown eyes. The drawing on the right shows an age-progessed image of Yohanna at 36. Anyone with information can contact SPVM Major Crimes: Info crime Québec: 1-800-711-1800 and refer to case 14-780905-011.

Saskatchewan cases

Tamra Keepness © RCMP Tamra Keepness

Tamra Jewel Keepness has been missing from the bedroom of her home in Regina since July 5, 2004. The aboriginal girl was five years old at the time she went missing. Tamra has a scar on her right leg. If you know anything about what happened to Tamra, contact the Regina police at 306-777-6500; rps@police.regina.sk.ca and refer to case number 04-27516.

Rocky Fiddler © Police handout Rocky Fiddler

Barry Rocky Fiddler was 14 years old when he was reported missing by his family after failing to return home. Rocky, as he is known, was last seen in July, 1975 at a powwow at Thunderchild First Nation, Sask., which is approximately 1.5 hours from Meadow Lake, Sask. The aboriginal teen has brown hair and eyes and had a slender build when he went missing. At that time he was 5-7 tall and about 150 pounds. Anyone with information about Fiddler should contact F Division RCMP: Historical Case Unit at 306-975-5153; saskmissingpersons@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and refer to case number 2006-1480623.

Courtney Struble © Police handout Courtney Struble

Courtney Struble was 13 years old when was last seen on July 9, 2004 at 11:30 p.m., walking towards her home in Estevan, Sask. Although there had been reported sightings of Courtney, she has never been found. At the time she was a slender girl with a light complexion, about 5-3, with a birthmark at the nape of her neck and a scar on her left shin. If you have any information about Courtney or her case, contact F Division RCMP: Historical Case Unit at 306-975-5153; saskmissingpersons@rcmp-grc.gc.ca and refer to case number 2008841058.








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