The Northwest Territories RCMP is reviving efforts to revive 30-year missing person case as an operation is being conducted near Behchoko.

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

The police issued a news release on Friday stating that the NT RCMP Historical Case Unit with the help of major crimes unit and forensic identification section are searing an area of interest near the hamlet to try to locate Charlene Catholique.

Catholique, a 15-year-old from Lutsel K’e, was last seen on July 22, 1990 when she was looking for a ride on Highway 3 near Behchoko.

“The family of Charlene and community leadership of Behchoko are aware of the operation,” states the release. “The HCU understands this could be a stressful, upsetting time for the family, friends and community members.”

The RCMP say that as the 30th anniversary of Catholique’s disappearance passed, there have been continued tips and a renewed call to solve her disappearance.

The historical case unit is part of the RCMP’s major crimes unit and has been receiving funding since the Spring of 2018, according to the release.

The unit has been fully staffed and operational since July 2019 and seeks to maintain and investigate historical homicide and suspicious death as well as solve long-term missing person’s files in the NWT, states the release.


Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University...

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