PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE — Jennifer Catcheway went missing nine years ago on her 18th birthday: June 19, 2008.
Her family so desperately wants closure, and they will set out on Monday to search an area on the Dakota Tipi First Nation, just outside of Portage la Prairie, after receiving a tip from the public.
Her mother Bernice Catcheway sent a letter to the Chief and Council last week asking for permission to search the area. They are still waiting for a response but expect one soon.
In the meantime, they are hosting a fundraising barbecue on Saturday at their home in Portage to help raise money to continue their search efforts.
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“We need money to pay for food and gas used during the long days of searching,” Bernice said on Friday.
“We know she’s still out there and wouldn’t it be great to bring her home on her birthday?”
Anyone that wants to help the family or attend the dinner can go to 728 Poplar Bay in Portage on Saturday June 17. The barbecue will take place rain or shine.