Search for Charnelle Masakeyash Concludes

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(PICKLE LAKE, ON)- 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.

A further search has been conducted and further remains were located in Mishkeegogamang First Nation. The remains located were sent to the Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto and positively identified as belonging to Charnelle MASAKEYASH.

The OPP and community members of Mishkeegogamang First Nation and surrounding First Nation communities have concluded the search for Charnelle MASAKEYASH.

The OPP are continuing the investigation into the death of Charnelle MASAKEYASH in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner.

Anyone having information concerning the investigation into the death 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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