Police renew plea for missing young mother from Cowessess First Nation

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WATCH: Dozens search for Jenaya Wapemoose, a 22-year-old mother who went missing in Regina in early March – May 18, 2019

June 5 Update: Regina police say they’ve conducted an “extensive investigation” and Wapemoose has not been located. They are renewing their plea for public assistance in the case. Police say there is a continued concern for her welfare and ask that anyone with information that could assist in locating Wapemoose contact them. Find details at the bottom of this story to do so.

May 18 Update: Upwards of 70 friends and family dispersed from Albert Street and 7th Avenue to hang posters and search for Jenaya Wapemoose on Saturday. Wapemoose’s aunt, Debbie Delorme, says they “are hoping for the best” and the family hopes to get answers after their search efforts.

May 17 Update: Regina police say they have a number of officers assigned to various tasks in this case, including following up on tips, evaluating information, and identifying potential action for investigators. Police have also been in touch with organizers of a search on Saturday organized by Jenaya Wapemoose’s friends and family. The search party will be meeting in the parking lot of Cree Land Mini Mart, at the intersection of Angus Street and 5th Avenue, at 11 a.m.

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Jenaya Wapemoose, a young mother of one, has been missing since March 10, 2019, according to Regina police.

According to friends and family, she has not been seen or heard from since April 7, 2019. She was last seen on the 1800 block of Ottawa Street, and on the 12th block of Retallack Street in Regina.

Her social media accounts also stopped being active that day.

Her daughter’s fifth birthday was on May 13, but her family still hasn’t heard anything from her.

They say it’s out of her character not to be in contact.

“She always keeps in touch with friends and family, especially when it comes to her daughter,” said Debbie Delorme, Jenaya’s aunt.

“She hasn’t contacted anybody and that’s not like her. She would never miss [her daughter’s birthday] or leave and forget about her baby.”
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Jackie Wapemoose, Jenaya’s sister, says she believes something has happened to her.

“She’s always in contact with my family and my friends and this is the one time she hasn’t reached out,” said Jackie.

“She hasn’t made any social media contact or anything and that’s just not like her. Everyone knows her, she’s well known. Somebody has to know something about her.”

Jenaya is from Cowessess First Nation and moved to Regina to live with her mom when she was 10. The now 22-year-old attended Scott Collegiate and was “one credit shy” of completing her high school diploma in 2016, according to her family.

Jenaya Wapemoose hasn't been seen since April 7, according to her family. File / Cowessess First Nation
Jenaya Wapemoose hasn't been heard from since April 7, 2019. Provided photo / Debbie Delorme
Jenaya Wapemoose hasn't been heard from since April 7, 2019. Provided photo / Debbie Delorme

Cowessess First Nation in conjunction with her friends and family are appealing to the public for help in finding Jenaya. A search gathering, organized by Cowessess’ Urban Councilor Damon Delorme is scheduled for Saturday.

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Those taking part will meet on a Cowessess First Nation owned lot at 7th Ave and Albert Street in Regina. The day will consist of putting up posters and talking to members of the public to spread awareness about Jenaya’s disappearance, according to the First Nation.

Anyone wishing to participate in the search can contact Debbie Delorme at 639-205-7084.

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Jenaya is described by her family as a “caring, friendly, out-going young woman who loves her family and friends.”

Jenaya is five-foot-four and 120 pounds with light brown shoulder-length hair and light brown eyes, according to police. She has a tattoo that says “Anabelle” on the left side of her chest and “Wahpimoostoosis” on the right side of her chest. She also has the words “Each day is a gift & not a right” tattooed behind her left ear.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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