Police searching for missing Norman Wells man

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RCMP are searching for a missing Norman Wells man.

Darren Whiteman, 20, was last seen Tuesday, Sept. 12 around 11 p.m. at a cabin on Lennie Lake, stated an RCMP news release Thursday.

He was reported missing the next day, prompting a ground, air and water search effort with the help of Sahtu Helicopters, Norman Wells RCMP and Norman Wells Ground Search and Rescue Unit.

The search is being aided by relatives and community volunteers alike.

Police describe Whiteman as Indigenous, 179 cm/5’9″ in height, weighing 55 kg/120 lbs, with brown eyes, black hair and a slender build.

“A ground, water and air search has been initiated in the area. However, RCMP advise that Whiteman may be anywhere in the vicinity,” stated the release.

Anyone with information about Whiteman’s whereabouts is urged to call Norman Wells RCMP at 867-587-1111. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go online at www.nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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