Remains confirmed to belong to Charnelle Masakeyash


On November 8, 2015, 26-year old Charnelle MASAKEYASH was reported missing. The investigation identified that the First Nations female was last seen on Highway 599 south of Pickle Lake on November 6, 2015.

An extensive search and investigation was conducted by officers from Pickle Lake Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the OPP North West Region Crime Unit, the OPP North West Region Emergency Response Team, and the OPP Provincial Liaison Team into her whereabouts. The search team also included community members  from Mishkeegogamang First Nation,  Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and OPP Aviation Services, members of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, as well as civilian volunteers.

On Thursday, June 2, 2016, a member of the public located a bone in Mishkeegogamang First Nation and brought it to the attention of the police.

The bone was examined at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto and positively identified as belonging to Charnelle MASAKEYASH.

The search is continuing by members of the OPP as well as by members of the Mishkeegogamang First Nation and surrounding First Nation communities.

The investigation into the disappearance of Charnelle MASAKEAYSH is currently being conducted by members from the Sioux Lookout detachment.

Anyone having information concerning the disappearance of Charnelle MASAKEYASH is asked to call Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)


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