Search for Missing Charnelle Masakeyash Continues

The Search Efforts for Charnelle are continuing.
The Search Efforts for Charnelle are continuing.
The Search Efforts for Charnelle are continuing.
The Search Efforts for Charnelle Masakeyash are continuing.

MISHKEEGOGAMING FIRST NATION – The search for Charnelle Masakeyash has not stopped. The people from the community of Mishkegogaming have, with the help of community members and the Canadian Rangers has been ongoing. The Ontario Provincial Police had earlier suspended their search efforts.

The community of Mishkeegogamang along with Chief Connie Gray McKay have been steadfast in their efforts to find Charnelle. The community has struggled over Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Earlier in 2015 the community held a walk from Mishkeegogamang to Thunder Bay.

Today the  Pickle Lake Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in a media release state that they are seeking public assistance in the continuing search for Charnelle.

OPP say, “She was reported missing on Sunday, November 8, 2015. An extensive search was conducted of the Pickle Lake area by Officers from Pickle Lake OPP, OPP North West Region Emergency Response Team. The search team also expanded to include Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and OPP Aviation services, members of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, as well as civilian volunteers.”

Charnelle MASAKEYASH, 26 years of age, is a First Nation female, described as 5’7”, 130 lbs, medium build, straight, shoulder length black hair (usually worn in a pony- tail) and has brown eyes.

The OPP report that “The investigation revealed that Ms. MASAKEYASH was last seen on November 06, 2015 approximately one kilometre south of Pickle Lake at 3:00 p.m”.

She is known to frequent between Pickle Lake and Mishkeegogamang; she has spent some time in Thunder Bay and has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for short period of time.

The Sioux Lookout OPP Crime Unit and the OPP Provincial Liaison Team are continuing the investigation into Ms. MASAKEYASH’s whereabouts under the direction of Detective Inspector Andy Raffay of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB).

If anyone has any information pertaining to the whereabouts of or may have seen Ms. MASAKEYASH, they are asked to contact the Pickle Lake OPP Detachment at  807-928-2211, Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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