KENORA – Searchers are reaching out across Kenora, and into Winnipeg and Thunder Bay for sixteen-year-old Delaine COPENACE.
The Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is continuing to ask for the public’s assistance in locating a 16 year old girl from Kenora who was reported missing on February 28, 2016.
Delaine COPENACE was last observed in the downtown area in the evening on February 27, 2016. She is described as First Nation, 5’10, larger build, long black hair with brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black Etnie skater type shoes, black zippered sweater, a “bullet for my valentine” T-shirt and black jeans with zippered pockets.
The search has expanded into the surrounding areas of Kenora and is continuing with the assistance of the OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), OPP K9 Unit, the OPP Provincial Liaison Team (PLT), Canadian Pacific Police Service, Treaty Three Police, Lake of the Woods Search and Rescue (LOWSAR), the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and a large number of community volunteers. Anyone who has seen COPENACE or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact the Kenora OPP at (807) 548-5534 or call 1-888-310-1122.
The ongoing investigation is continuing under the direction of Detective Inspector Randy Heida of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB). Since the initial report was received by the OPP, efforts to locate Delaine have also continued to expand to include police, media and community partners across the country.
The OPP is asking that any information which is provided by the public is shared with the police first before posting onto social media platforms. By doing so, this will allow investigators an opportunity to thoroughly investigate the content of each and every tip that is received.
At this point in the investigation, the OPP wish to acknowledge the continued support of local citizens who have enabled police to follow up on information by allowing the search of their properties, including a number of private residences.
Citizens are being asked to continue to check personal property, yards, outbuildings and outdoor areas. If anyone locates anything out of the ordinary, please contact the OPP immediately at the provided numbers or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222 TIPS(8477).