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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The Bear Clan of Winnipeg is searching for a missing 22-year-old woman

Key takeaways:

  • Residents of Winnipeg’s North End flocked to the streets searching for a 22-year-old woman who had gone missing.
  • Thompson, a two-year member of the Bear Clan Patrol, says it’s tough to find them when someone is closer to home.

On Saturday afternoon, residents of Winnipeg’s North End took to the streets searching for a missing 22-year-old woman.

Hailey Bittern was last seen in the city’s St. Vital district on Nov. 17, according to police.

According to the organizers of Saturday’s search over a month, her family hasn’t seen her.

“We want to find Hailey and return her home to her family so they can have some peace,” Angela Klassen Janeczko, the West Broadway Bear Clan Patrol’s coordinator, said.

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“For them, it’s been a torturous three and a half weeks… We’re just trying to get her home because she’s a vulnerable adolescent.”

A citizen patrol group led the hunt for the missing woman on Saturday.

Bittern was last seen near where she was staying in St. Vital, in south Winnipeg, but Klassen Janeczko said the group had gotten leads about possible sightings in Winnipeg’s North End more recently. That was the focus of Saturday’s efforts.

According to Klassen Janeczko, the majority of the young woman’s family was unable to travel to Winnipeg on Saturday, but organizers are in contact with them.

She stated that among the searchers on Saturday were Bittern’s pals, some of whom are the Bear Clan Patrol members.

Holly Thompson, Bittern’s second cousin, was also present in the group.

Winnipeg Bear Clan Patrol leads search for missing 22-year-old Hailey  Bittern

“I’ve known some of the family members for a long time, including Hailey since she was a small child,” she stated.

“As a result, we’re all really worried for her safety and well-being.”

Thompson, a two-year member of the Bear Clan Patrol, said it’s difficult to look for someone when they’re closer to home. She is hopeful, though, that Bittern will be found safe.

Thompson stated, “She’s out there.” “I’m sure she is.”

Bittern is described as being five feet eight inches tall and 155 pounds, with a slim frame, long brown hair, and brown eyes, according to the Winnipeg Police Service.

She was last spotted in tan Ugg-style boots, grey sweatpants, and a light-brown jacket.

Police are worried about her safety and request anyone with information on her whereabouts to call 204-986-6250 to contact the missing people unit.

Source: CBC News

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