Charlene Catholique, missing since 1990, featured in nation-wide campaign

Catholique, of Lutsel K'e, was 15 when she went missing en route to Yellowknife

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It’s been 28 years, 10 months and two days since 15-year-old Charlene Catholique disappeared.

On May 24, nearly three decades after Catholique went missing on her way back to Yellowknife from Behchoko on July 22, 1990, a national missing persons initiative is shining a light on the still unresolved case in the hopes of finding answers.

Charlene Catholique, 15, was last seen at the intersection of Highway 3 and the Rae Access Road on July 22, 1990.
photo sourced from Canada’s Missing.

Catholique is currently featured on Canada’s Missing Children, part of a week-long campaign launched by the RCMP on May 20 that highlights unsolved missing persons cases across the country.

Every day over the course of the week, a different missing child is featured on the Canada’s Missing website.

The featuring of Catholique on the site came a day before National Missing Children’s Day, a “day to commemorate missing children who have been found, remember those who are still missing, and continue efforts to bring the missing home,” state RCMP.

Catholique travelled to Yellowknife after leaving her home in Lutsel K’e — known then as Snowdrift — to attend the Dene National Assembly in Dettah.

She then stayed in Behchoko for a few days after travelling to the community on July 18, 1990.

On July 22, 1990, Catholique left Behchoko to hitchhike to Yellowknife.

She was last seen at the Highway 3 and Rae Access Road intersection — about 100 kilometres from Yellowknife.

Catholique was wearing acid wash jeans and a pink shirt along with a blue, white-sleeved jacket.

RCMP continue to investigate her disappearance, reaching out to the public for new information. That’s led NWT RCMP and Crime Stoppers to create a video, uploaded to YouTube, that reconstructs Catholique’s disappearance using drone technology.

Police ask anyone with information about the missing person file to contact NWT RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Tips can be made online at  nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or by texting nwtnutips to 274637.

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