Volunteers continue search efforts for missing Kenora teen, Delaine Copenace
Josh Crabb, CTV Winnipeg
Published Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:37PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, March 3, 2016 8:47PM CST
The search is continuing for a missing teen from Kenora.
Delaine Copenace, 16, was last seen in downtown Kenora, located about 200 kilometres east of Winnipeg, on Feb. 27. She was reported missing the next day.
Volunteers gathered at a local church Thursday morning before deploying for their third day of searching.Organizer Amanda Freeman said 100 volunteers came out on Wednesday.
"We're working, trying to get our people out," Freeman told CTV News.
Copenace's mother Anita Ross said her daughter left their home in downtown Kenora on Feb. 27 with a group of friends.
Copenace’s sister Darian was the last family member to see the missing teen walking near the family's house with the same group of friends.
An emotional Ross said she just wants her daughter to come home.
"What if this was your child, your mom, your cousin, your baby?" Ross said. "What if you were in my shoes?"
She wants people to come forward with information.
"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy," Ross said.
So far the search has been focused on the downtown area starting from the point where the teen was last seen.
Freeman said their search is separate from one being done by the Ontario Provincial Police; however, she said OPP is working with the volunteer group and sharing information.
The organizer said volunteers aren't searching private property, but they're asking people to check their own yards for clues.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection also issued a plea Thursday asking the public for help in finding Copenace. They ask people in Kenora and surrounding areas to keep their eyes open for anything suspicious, and report any information to police.
The CCCP also asks the public to spread the word about Copenace’s disappearance by social media using #finddelaine.
According to a description provided by police, Copenace is five feet ten inches (155 cm) tall and has long black hair and brown eyes.
The OPP said she was last seen wearing black etnies skateboard shoes, a black zippered sweater, a “Bullet for my Valentine” T-shirt and black jeans with zippered pockets.
A public Facebook page, Help Us Find Delaine Copenace, has been set up for people to join in search efforts, spread the word and offer support.
Thursday evening, the search extended into Winnipeg.
At least a dozen members of the Bear Clan citizen patrol group searched the city’s North End.
Volunteers put up posters along Selkirk Avenue and through the neighbourhood.
The group also provided a link on its Facebook page for posters to download and print.
The posters advertise an $8,000 reward for tips that lead to Copenace.