Chopper used to scour Yellowknife in search for missing woman who hasn’t been seen since Boxing Day

Photo of Sladjana Petrovic issued by Yellowknife RCMP.

A helicopter has now been used to scour Yellowknife in the hopes of finding a missing Yellowknife woman.

The chopper was flying over Yellowknife Tuesday after a citizen reported seeing an article of clothing that may have belonged to Sladjana Petrovic.

The 60-year-old potentially vulnerable woman has not been seen since December 26 in the downtown area.

The citizen came across a piece of clothing while walking in the Tin Can Hill area on December 27.

Photo of Sladjana Petrovic wearing the clothing she was last seen in courtesy of RCMP

Police say it wasn’t reported to them until Jan. 6.

In a news release, Mounties state that the item was gone by the time officers arrived at the location.

Police say given the investigators could not determine if the item did or did not belong to Sladjana an extensive search of the area was completed.

A helicopter was deployed to assist in the search of that area, as well as an expanded search area by air.

Members of Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) were on board as well as an RCMP officer.

However, the search did not result in more information on Ms. Petrovic’s location so far, according to Inspector Alex LaPorte, head officer of the Yellowknife RCMP detachment.

“With information brought forward by the public, we were able to direct resources to a specific area today. While that search did not yield further evidence or information on Ms Petrovic’s whereabouts, it shows the importance of relaying any information the public may have on Ms Petrovic to the RCMP.” states LaPorte.

Sladjana is described as 5’7″ tall with a heavy build and shoulder length salt and pepper coloured hair.

Anyone with information on whereabouts of Sladjana Petrovic is asked to contact either Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS,, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.