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Missing Person Organization Expands

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

The Owen Sound based missing person organization Please Bring Me Home is expanding in 2020.

The Owen Sound based missing person organization Please Bring Me Home is expanding in 2020.

Co-Founders Nick Oldrieve and Matthew Nopper are taking their organization nationwide with the help of some highly skilled volunteers who are retired from all walks of law enforcement.

Please Bring Me Home has been covered regularly in the local media, but Oldrieve says being featured on national TV this past year was a game changer, "After W5 aired on October 5th, we got a huge outpouring from across Canada asking if we could look into their missing family member's case."

"We got so many different retired law enforcement people from every province through Canada wanting to help."  

According to Oldrieve, the volunteers' backgrounds include tactical policing, hostage negotiations, forensic investigations, a retired inspector and even a person trained in detecting deception.

Their 18-person investigation team will look at all of the information they have and look for new angles.

"What has happened in the last decades, or however old the case is hasn't been working, so we have to come up with fresh, new ideas."

Oldrieve plans to build teams of ten people in each province to look into searches for missing people's cold cases.

He says they now also have their own cadaver dogs and adds the local team includes professional bloggers who will now be their social media experts and they now have a treasurer.

The website pleasebringmehome.com takes tips and requests for help in finding missing people. It has a number of local people from Grey Bruce who have been missing for years and presents outlines about their disappearances.

"There's always something out there that can be done," says Oldrieve adding they'll try to help anyone who asks for assistance in finding a missing person.

He says current missing cases will be forwarded to their new partners Guardians of Our Angels Missing Persons Canada.

If it's been over a year, Oldrieve says they'll that person's information on pleasebringmehome.com  

Oldrieve estimates there are just under 80 groups throughout Canada that accept tips for missing people and he hopes to create partnerships with those organizations.

He also notes police should be the first stop in a missing person case, "Go to your local police detachment. If you're not going to do that go to Crime Stoppers and then if for whatever reason you're not going to do that, contact us."

Oldrieve plans to continue the search in the local Lisa Maas cold case this spring somewhere in Sydenham Township with the use of more information from tipsters.

To report a missing person cold case, Oldrieve says to email intake@pleasebringmehome.com, and provide some key information,"Who went missing? Where did they go missing? When did they go missing and how can we contact you?"

"We got so many different retired law enforcement people from every province through Canada wanting to help." 

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