RCMP’s social media campaign aims to solve Regina cold case
REGINA – The RCMP hope an annual social media awareness campaign will help solve outstanding missing Aboriginal women cases across the country.
For 10 days in October, Mounties are highlighting a women a day from canadamissing.ca in an effort to bring in tips from the public that could lead police to these missing women or girls.
One woman profiled was a Regina mother, Patricia Favel. She worked in the sex trade and was last seen in Regina’s downtown on September 30, 1984.
Favel was just 18 years old at the time of her disappearance and the file is considered a cold case.
Sgt. Alex Yum, the Regina Police Service’s cold case coordinator, said time is always an obstacle but campaigns like this one could help solve a mystery.
“Our greatest regret is that her mother passed away and we couldn’t give her a conclusion before she passed as to what happened to her daughter,” he said. “I’m always hopeful that someone would see something, that it would tweak someone’s memory and they would feel they have something relevant they need to pass on.”
Yum said there were several leads at the time Favel went missing but none resulted in any charges being laid.
This is the campaign’s third year running and coincides with the Sisters in Spirit Vigil held on October 4 every year.