Helicopter deployed over YK as search for woman continues

Last modified: January 7, 2020 at 5:17pm

Police deployed a helicopter over Yellowknife Tuesday, to aid in the continuing search for Sladjana Petrovic.

Sixty-year-old Petrovic has not been seen since Boxing Day. On Tuesday, police said they had received “information brought forward by a citizen” about a piece of clothing seen on Tin Can Hill on December 27, possibly belonging to Petrovic.

That tip sparked what police termed an “extensive search” of the area involving Yellowknife’s volunteer ground search and rescue organization. A helicopter was also deployed to help search the area, with RCMP and members of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association – Casara – onboard. However, the item of clothing could not be found.


“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,” said Yellowknife detachment commander Insp Alex Laporte in a statement.

Police are still concerned for Petrovic’ well being, Laporte stated, and continue to appeal for help from downtown residents and businesses.

They are asking anyone in the downtown area surrounding 53 Street, who may have security, “nest” or dash cams, to review any footage shot between 3pm and midnight on December 26.

Downtown residents are also being asked to report anything that might appear “unusual in their backyards or outbuildings.”

Police described Petrovic as a Caucasian woman, 5 ft 7 in tall and 257 lbs, with shoulder-length salt-and-pepper hair and blue eyes.


On Monday, police released an image of Petrovic from Christmas Day. In it, she is wearing a dark blue jacket, pink or red shirt, dark pants, and running shoes – these are the same clothes police believe she was wearing when seen on Boxing Day.

RCMP issued this image of Sladjana Petrovic, taken on Christmas Day, in an update published on January 6

RCMP issued this image of Sladjana Petrovic, taken on Christmas Day, in an update published on January 6.

Friends of Petrovic have also appealed to her directly, asking her to get in touch with them. “We love you. We miss you. We hope you’re doing okay,” Val Braden said, at a Friday news conference organized by friends of Petrovic.

For anyone with information, police are asking them to get in touch with the Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Ollie Williams contributed reporting.