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Monday, May 25, 2015
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Monday, May 25th 2015
NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN'S DAY
Today, May 25, 2015, is "National Missing Children's Day" in Canada, as declared by the Solicitor General in 1986. Every year thousands of Canadian children are reported missing. Thankfully, the majority of these children are safely recovered but unfortunately some cases remain open for years with these children never found.
The movement towards National Missing Children's Day began back on May 25, 1979, when Etan Patz, just 6yrs old, disappeared from a New York City street on his way to school. The massive search and media attention that followed focused national attention to the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it. This momentum grew and as many more missing and murdered children's cases arose, these cases began to receive an increase in media attention with photographs of missing children began to be placed on milk cartons and subsequently in 1983, this day being proclaimed National Missing Children's Day in that Nation. This day has since moved to become an annual reminder to all of our communities to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and continue to make child protection a priority.
It is through the many partnerships the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit has formed that we are able to achieve success in our role of dealing with the complexities surrounding missing children cases. These include numerous other law enforcement agencies within Manitoba, across Canada and abroad and various other agencies such as the entire Media community, The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Street Reach Winnipeg, numerous Child and Family Services agencies and many others. We greatly appreciate and extend our gratitude to all of our partners for the role they play in helping us to achieve success and keep children safe. We also appreciate the role the public has played and continues to play in helping us locate missing children and ensure their safety with your information a vital component of our success.
The Winnipeg Police Service continues to encourage families and guardians to always keep a watchful eye on children in their care, know who their friends are, engage in discussions with them on personal safety issues, and have recent photographs readily available of your children in the event they suddenly go missing.
The potential for an abduction of a child can create real fear and anxiety for families and loved ones. Specific preventative resources for families and communities wishing to reduce children's risk of being abducted are available and can be reached through the MissingKids.ca website.
The Winnipeg Police Service today is further requesting the public's assistance in locating three of Winnipeg's missing children.
MISSING PERSON STARR ROXANNE MCKAY R15-35235
The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating a 16 year old female, Starr Roxanne MCKAY. MCKAY was last seen in the Garden City area of Winnipeg on Saturday May 16, 2015.
MCKAY is described as an Aboriginal female, 5'1" tall, approximately 130 pounds, slim build, long straight brown hair with brown eyes. MCKAY was last seen wearing a black and white tank top with a pink and white sweater over top, demin shorts, a black and white baseball hat, brown flip flops and carrying a brown purse.
Missing Person- Nicki ROULETTE - R15-27142
The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating 15-year-old Nicki ROULETTE. She was last seen on May 15, 2015, in the south end of Winnipeg.
ROULETTE is described as: Aboriginal, 5'4" tall, 120 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket.
MISSING PERSON AMBER GUIBOCHE, R10-94044
The Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit is continuing to request the public's assistance in locating a female, Amber Rose Marie GUIBOCHE.
GUIBOCHE, who was 20 years-old at the time of her disappearance, was last seen on the evening of Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in the area of William Avenue and Isabel Street. Investigators believe that GUIBOCHE may have entered into a red truck at that time.
At the time of her disappearance, GUIBOCHE was described as being a female with a fair complexion, 5'5" tall, long straight brown hair which she often wore in a ponytail, thin build weighing approximately 105 pounds, and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a white Adidas hoody with gold stripes down the sleeves. She was also wearing "skinny" style blue jeans with new white and pink coloured skater style runners.
GUIBOCHE has not made contact with any of her family or friends since that time with the investigation still on-going and unsolved at this time. The Winnipeg Police Service often relies on tips from the public to advance an investigation and is continuing to ask anyone who may have any information on this investigation to come forward.
Anyone with any information regarding any of these missing person cases is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer