Nearly four weeks since Sladjana Petrovic was last seen, friends handed out green pins bearing her photo to passersby in front of Yellowknife’s post office.
“It’s all about keeping her face out there,” said Val Braden, who spent the lunch hour with Nancy Vail keeping people informed about Petrovic. The 60-year-old Yellowknife resident hasn’t been seen or heard from since Boxing Day.
Braden said police have been keeping in touch with local friends and relations of Petrovic, as well as her family in Serbia, but there is little news to share. “There are no clues,” Braden said.
“People are still looking, and keeping their eyes open. But there are still people who don’t know she’s missing,” Braden added.
Braden and friends say they will keep handing out pins and speaking to people at local grocery stores, to ensure Petrovic remains in the spotlight.
‘We’re still trying to be hopeful, but it’s troubling when you don’t have any news or any tips to go on,” Braden said. Friends and acquaintances organized a news conference early on in the search and have since canvassed Yellowknife with posters. There are now also larger signs – repurposed election signs – at either end of the city.
Last seen in the vicinity of Franklin Avenue and 53 Street on Boxing Day, Petrovic is described by police as a Caucasian woman, 5 ft 7 in tall and 257 lbs, with shoulder-length salt-and-pepper hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a dark blue jacket, pink or red shirt, dark pants, and running shoes.
Searches of the downtown area, as well as a helicopter-assisted search of Tin Can hill took place earlier this month. Police have combed flight records and alerted Alberta counterparts in case Petrovic left Yellowknife by road, with no sign reported to date.