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8:41 PM - Apr 09, 2018 #1

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Family of Happy Charles looks for support as they mark the anniversary of her disappearance
 Erin Petrow, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Published on: April 9, 2018 | Last Updated: April 9, 2018 2:00 PM CST

Family members of Happy Charles, who disappeared from Prince Albert on April 3, 2017, remain hopeful that she may still be alive as they mark the first anniversary of her disappearance.

Her mother, Regina Poitras, says she doesn’t feel she is any closer to the truth of what happened to her daughter.

Charles, who was 42 years old at the time of her disappearance, went missing after travelling from La Ronge to Prince Albert to visit her boyfriend. She was last spotted on video surveillance around Prince Albert Collegiate Institute shortly before midnight.

Friends and family marked the anniversary with a feast, Poitras said, noting that she wants to keep her daughter’s disappearance in the front of people’s minds in hopes of getting some additional help with the search.

“At the beginning of her disappearance, people didn’t believe she was missing,” Poitras said. “Maybe she took off or maybe she was doing something else. But now that it’s been a year there has to be some kind of search parties out there.”

She said Charles’s daughters are planning a walk from Prince Albert to La Ronge to raise more awareness and gather donations to pay for future searches.

In a news release, Prince Albert city police said detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division continue to investigate with help from the RCMP’s canine unit, truth verification unit and forensic video analysis unit as well as the Saskatoon city police air support unit.

Prince Albert city police said investigators did not want to comment because the investigation is ongoing. 

Poitras said she believes not enough is being done to try to locate her daughter and she hopes that as they mark the first anniversary of her disappearance local leaders will offer more support. Many of them have been quiet, she said.

“I would like to see at least one leader, one dignitary, or anybody to come out even for half an hour to acknowledge this,” she said through tears.

— With files from Arthur White-Crummey
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Family of Happy Charles request more tips one year after disappearance
By Derek Cornet
April 4, 2018 - 8:00am
Updated: April 4, 2018 - 8:53am

The mother of missing woman Happy Charles called for more information to help find her daughter on the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.

“Even if they phoned the anonymous tip line, nobody needs to know who you are,” Regina Poitras said at a gathering marking the anniversary of Charles' disappearance in La Ronge Tuesday. 

“Nobody needs to know what part you played," she said. "Just let them know, even if you think it’s a minute bit of information.”

Charles was last seen in Prince Albert near PACI High School April 3, 2017, and her family has been searching for her ever since. Poitras said they began by calling agencies across the province who she could have encountered, before canvassing Prince Albert with posters to raise awareness of the case. With 12 months having passed by, she noted said from the public has been minimal but every tip is followed up on and taken seriously.

Poitras also asked local First Nations to become more involved in the search for Charles, as she believes there’s been a shortage of dignitaries lending their support. Leaders with Sturgeon Lake First Nation has been helpful, Poitras noted, as well as the people in Prince Albert who joined their searches for Charles. She said communication with the police has also been difficult, adding it seems she needs to approach them herself to get answers.

“We went right into the area where the street people live,” Poitras said of the searches in Prince Albert. “They were very helpful, always willing to listen and give us hints on where we should look.”

The gathering in La Ronge, which was also attended by Charles’s daughters, included a prayer followed by speeches. After a potluck meal, attendees released colourful lanterns into the sky over Lac La Ronge.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 8:53 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 to correct a typo.
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