Search for Kenora girl expands to Winnipeg with help from Bear Clan
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.
Bear Clan out searching for missing 16 year old Delaine Copenace. She is from Kenora but has family in Winnipeg. <a href="https://t.co/A18Z6PODWY">pic.twitter.com/A18Z6PODWY</a>—@cbarghout
"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."
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.
With files from Caroline Barghout