Winnipeg’s Bear Clan Patrol put up posters in the North End on Thursday night. The missing 16-year-old lived in Kenora but was known to visit friends and family in Winnipeg. (CBC/Justin Fraser)
By Laura Glowacki, CBC News Posted: Mar 03, 2016
Delaine Copenace, 16, was last seen on Saturday around 6 p.m. in Kenora
The search for missing Kenora teenager, Delaine Copenace, has expanded to Winnipeg.
The 16-year-old was last seen Saturday around 6 p.m. in downtown Kenora. Since the weekend, the search for Copenace had concentrated in the small Ontario city and outlying areas, including Lake of the Woods.
On Thursday evening members of the Bear Clan Patrol brought the search to Winnipeg after being approached by Copenace’s cousin Anthony Copenace and friend Aaron Paul on Facebook.
“I knew the best plan of action was to reach out to Bear Clan,” said Paul.
The Copenace family are very concerned for her wellbeing, said Paul. The teen has never gone missing before and has never run away. Her mother, Anida Fisher, describes Copenace as a “homebody.”
“She’s more reserved … more of a quieter, gentler soul,” said cousin Anthony Copenace, who lives in Winnipeg and helped with the search on Friday.
Delaine Copenace’s cousin Anthony Copenace said it’s very unusual for her to go missing. He described the Kenora 16-year-old as quiet and gentle. (CBC/Justin Fraser)
Bear Clan volunteers focused the search in Winnipeg’s North End near Selkirk Avenue, an area Copenace was known to visit when she was in town.
Organizer Justin Brown said everyone has a responsibility to keep an eye out when a young person is missing.
“I think the community effort is very important,” he said. “The effort for example that we made with Cooper [Nemeth] was incredible.”
First Nations communities have raised $8,000 for anyone with information about Copenace’s whereabouts.
Copenace is described by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as having a larger build, with brown eyes and long black hair. She was last seen wearing black boots, a black jacket, a “Bullet for my Valentine” T-shirt and black jeans with zippered pockets.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Kenora OPP at 1-888-310-1122.