Update: OPP seeking assistance to locate missing person from Tyendinaga

Image via OPP on X.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated multiple times since it was originally published on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at 3:57 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information and photos.

On Saturday, Jan 13, 2024, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) released the above image and requested public assistance to locate a 38-year-old missing person, last seen on Huron Brant Drive in Tyendinaga on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Yesterday, a social media post in the Kingston Aboriginal Community Information Network (KACIN), shared by an individual who stated that Michelle is his sister, included a different set of photos of the missing person, as seen below:

Image via KACIN page on Facebook.

As noted on the images, Michelle [last name withheld] is described as standing 5’3″ tall with a thin build. She has long dark hair and brown eyes. The Facebook post suggests she was last seen wearing grey sweat pants, brown boots (possibly Manitobah Mukluks), and a knee-length black winter coat with fur on the hood.

Anyone with information on Michelle’s whereabouts is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.


Update (Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024):

On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, Lennox and Addington OPP sent out a media release which noted that Michelle was last seen on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, on Tyendinaga First Nation near the intersection of Highway 2 and York Road in Shannonville.

Kingstonist has inquired with the OPP as to why the date and location are different than their original image/information shared over the weekend. In response, Aaron Miller, Community Safety/ Media Relations Officer for the OPP said, “Investigators received updated information.”

According to the release, investigators are looking for anyone with dashcam, doorbell or surveillance video in the area on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, between the hours of 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. Investigators are also looking to speak with the driver or owner of a dark-coloured pick-up truck that used an air compressor at a variety store near the intersection of Highway 2 and York Road in Shannonville that morning around 4 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Update (Friday, Jan. 19, 2024):

In a second, updated media release, Lennox and Addington OPP noted they are still looking for public assistance to help inform an investigation into a missing person who was last seen on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, on Tyendinaga First Nation near the intersection of Highway 2 and York Road in Shannonville.

The above details remain the same, with the OPP adding, “Investigators are also looking to speak with the driver or owner of a grey coloured small car, possibly a Ford Fiesta, that stopped at a business at York and Atsia Court on January 9, 2024, around 6 a.m.”

Yesterday evening, Tyendinaga Police Services shared a post on social media regarding the search, and also asking for public assistance:

“The police ground search is continuing in the community, and may continue for days to come. We are thankful for the community’s assistance thus far. We are utilizing the specialized drones, cameras, along with teams of officers and K-9. We do need to ask people not to create their own teams or trudge out into the woods just yet. The K-9 is a specially trained dog to pick up human scents and if there is just one, the dog will pick up on it, if there is many it muddies things and may be detrimental to the search. The time may come for this but for now please check in and around your own property, outbuildings, barns and especially if you have doorbell or dash cams check to see if you see anyone walking during this timeframe, the night of January 8th to the 9th.”

Anyone with information is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Update (Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024):

The Prince Edward County OPP have released a new photo, and continue to appeal to the public for any information regarding the whereabouts of Michelle, who was last seen on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, on Tyendinaga First Nation near the intersection of Highway 2 and York Road in Shannonville.

Image via OPP.

Since Michelle went missing, the OPP and Tyendinaga Police have carried out several search operations, including the employment of drones and helicopters for aerial searching. Police continue to advise that residents in Tyendinaga may observe an increased police presence as the investigation continues.

Michelle is described as:

  • 38 years of age
  • 5’3″ (160 cm)
  • Thin build
  • Long dark hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Mukluk boots

According to the OPP, investigators are looking for anyone with dashcam, doorbell or surveillance video in the area on January 9, 2024, between the hours of 3 and 8 a.m. 

As previously reported above, investigators are also looking to speak with the driver or owner of a grey coloured small car that stopped at a business at York and Atsia Court around 6 a.m. on the same date.

Anyone with information is asked to call OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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