More than four weeks after she disappeared there’s still no trace of missing Yellowknife woman

Photo of Sladjana Petrovic issued by Yellowknife RCMP.

It’s now been more than four weeks since a Yellowknife woman disappeared without a trace, and RCMP say they are still actively looking for information that might help them locate Sladjana Petrovic.

The 60-year-old woman, originally from Serbia, went missing on December 26, from her downtown apartment. Sladjana was reportedly last seen approximately 3:40 p.m. that day, leaving her apartment building on 53 Street and walking towards Franklin Avenue.

It appears no one has heard from her since.

According to a news release issued by the Mounties on Thursday, January 30, they have no new leads to further the investigation.

RCMP state they began a missing person investigation on December 27, when Sladjana was reported missing to them.

“We understand this is a very difficult time for Sladjana’s friends and family. We will continue to investigate Sladjana’s file and we will remain in contact with her loved ones and keep them updated if new information is brought forward,” states Inspector Alex Laporte, Yellowknife RCMP detachment commander.

Police state that multiple RCMP units and partner agencies were engaged in the search over the past month including Yellowknife Ground Search and Rescue (YKGSAR) and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA).

Ground search led by YKGSAR canvassed extensively the downtown area near Sladjana’s building on 53 Street, and elsewhere, including trail systems, streets, backyards and outbuildings.

RCMP asked the public to review video footage from vehicle dash cams and “nest” cams for any potential sightings.

On January 7, following a piece of information brought forward by a citizen, a helicopter was deployed to Tin Can Hill for an air search and YKGSAR conducted a ground search of the immediate area.

Photo of Sladjana Petrovic, courtesy of RCMP.

Police state that, unfortunately, no further information or evidence on Sladjana’s whereabouts resulted from those searches.

RCMP say they have reached beyond the territory to raise Sladjana’s profile.

Information on her disappearance has been shared with the public and the media in Alberta, as Sladjana has been known to visit the communities of Edmonton and Calgary, or in the event she travelled from Yellowknife to Alberta on the road system.

The Yellowknife RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS), leading the investigation, also confirmed that Sladjana did not leave Yellowknife via air travel.

RCMP say they have contacted the international police agency INTERPOL in Ottawa and Belgrade, Serbia, as well as the RCMP International Liaison in Italy to confirm Sladjana did not hold a valid Serbian or Canadian passport.

While there is no active ground search at this time, RCMP states it has supported friends of Sladjana who organized a poster campaign and a few public events to raise the awareness of her disappearance.

Yellowknife RCMP says they are working with the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) to place the file on canadasmissing.ca. 

RCMP also worked with NWT NU Crime Stoppers to have Sladjana added to their missing persons web pages.

Sladjana Petrovic, is described as Caucasian, 5’7” / 170 cm; 257 lbs. / 117 kg, heavy build, shoulder length “salt and pepper” brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with any information on previous contact with Sladjana is asked to contact Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111.

About the Author

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.

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