REGINA – With 118 long-term missing persons cases in Saskatchewan, the province announced today the week of May 4 is missing person week.
While not all missing persons cases are criminal, officials said it is important for everyone to pull together to help families bring closure to those cases.
“Compassion and support from government, police agencies and the community is important to the family members of missing persons,” said Saskatchewan’s Justice Minster Gordon Wyatt.
“By formally recognizing this week, we raise awareness about the reasons people go missing and identify what families and friends can do when someone goes missing,” added Christine Tell, the minister of corrections and policing.
Officials will be providing information throughout the week as to why people go missing and offering prevention tips.
“It is important that we continue to work together toward improved education, prevention, response and support in all missing persons cases,” said Chief Troy Hagen, president of the Saskatchewan association of police chiefs.