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Philippe Guérin

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As part of its continuing series of media conferences on its unsolved missing person investigations, the North Bay Police Service invites the media to a presentation on Philippe Guérin's case, the Service's oldest unsolved missing person file.

Media presentation
Date: Monday June 27th, 2016
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: North Bay Police Service, 135 Princess St. West, Colin Vezina Boardroom
Spokesperson: Investigating officer Detective Constable Roger Drolet

Philippe Guérin was born on March 28th, 1939. Paralyzed by polio at the age of 10, Philippe walked with a limp. He is described as 5'-7" tall, with a medium build, short brown hair, brown eyes, and he had no upper teeth. At the time he went missing, on June 12th, 1966, Philippe was a 27-year old patient of the Ontario Hospital, a psychiatric hospital that was located in the North end of North Bay and that has since been demolished. Hospital authorities reported him missing to the Widdifield Police Department via a letter of notification. In operation from 1958 to 1968, the Widdifield Police had yet to be annexed to what was then known as the North Bay Police Department.

The Widdifield Police followed up on a lead from a North Bay clergyman who picked up a hitchhiker matching Philippe's description in the Sudbury area at Falconbridge. The hitchhiker, who the clergyman dropped off at the junction of Highways 17 and 11, south of North Bay, said he was heading to Sacré-Coeur, Québec. This lead met with negative results. Widdifield Police were never able to locate Philippe and the investigation, now with the North Bay Police Service, remains unsolved.

Public's assistance sought
Anyone with information that may assist police with this investigation is asked to please contact Detective Constable Roger Drolet at the North Bay Police Service by telephone at 705-497-5555. For those who wish to remain anonymous, there are three ways to contact Near North Crime Stoppers: call 1-800-222- 8477, or visit nearnorthcrimestoppers.com for information on how to submit an anonymous tip by text or online.

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