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Title: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on January 19, 2012, 06:03:34 AM
I hope she is somewhere warm....our temperatures have been dangerously frigid.

RPS News Release
Released January 17, 2012

 
Request Assistance: Missing Person
The Regina Police Service is appealing to the public again in locating Brandy Rene WESAQUATE. Police first put out a missing person report on January 11, 2012. WESAQUATE, who is regularly in contact with family and friends, has had no contact since January 1, 2012.

Twenty-eight year-old Brandy Rene WESAQUATE, DOB: 1983-02-04, of Regina is described as Aboriginal, about 5' 10" tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with blonde hair and brown eyes. WESAQUATE was last seen on January 1, 2012, at about 1:30 a.m., at a residence in the 900 block Rae Street. WESAQUATE was last seen wearing faded blue jeans, a white Adidas full-zip hooded jacket with either black or navy stripes down the sleeves, and white "board-style" shoes. WESAQUATE was reported missing to police on January 10, 2012. Police attempts to locate WESAQUATE have been unsuccessful, prompting this request for information from the public.

Anyone who has seen Brandy Rene WESAQUATE, or knows where she may be, is asked to contact the Regina Police Service or Crime Stoppers.

Leader Post story and picture that ran on January 12/12 - http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Regina+police+asking+help+find+missing+woman/5986936/story.html (http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Regina+police+asking+help+find+missing+woman/5986936/story.html)
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: debbiec on January 19, 2012, 10:20:43 AM

Brandy Rene Wesaquate, 28, has been missing since Jan. 1.
Photograph by: Courtesy RPS, Handout


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Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: solvy on January 28, 2012, 03:19:39 PM
CTV Regina
Date: Saturday Jan. 28, 2012 12:30 PM CST
Regina police have started a second ground search, looking for any sign of missing Brandy Wesaquate.

The 28-year-old hasn't been heard from since New Year's Day.

Earlier this week, teams scoured the area around the 900 block of Rae Street, where she was last seen. Early Saturday morning, officials started the search again. They began in the 600 block of Elphinstone Street, and going door to door in surrounding city blocks.

Police are also asking residents to be on the lookout for anything unusual in their yards that could be helpful to the search
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on January 29, 2012, 06:56:24 AM
Search yields no sign of Wesaquate
 
BY PAMELA COWAN, LEADER-POST JANUARY 28, 2012
 
   
A second ground search in less than a week for 28-year-old Brandy Rene Wesaquate covered new territory on Saturday, but yielded no answers about her whereabouts.

The first search undertaken by members of Search and Rescue Regina (SARR) on Jan. 23 focused on the area surrounding a residence on the 900 block of Rae Street where Wesaquate was last seen Jan. 1 around 1:30 a.m.

On Saturday morning, six members of SARR and three members from Moose Jaw Search and Rescue were briefed at St. Luke school on the 600 block of Elphinstone before they divided into three teams and fanned out to do a second door-to-door, block-by-block search for Wesaquate.

The aboriginal woman is described as 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing faded blue jeans, a white Adidas full-zip hooded jacket and white “board-style” shoes.

SARR president Joe Topuschak estimated the teams intensively searched at least 20 city blocks in the area where Wesaquate was last seen before they quit at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

He said the searchers didn’t cover all the area they wanted to check, but added: “We know where she isn’t.”

“It is quite a big area and we knew from the onset that it would take at least three days to cover it,” he said Saturday evening. “Had we had more teams, we might have got it done in two days ... That’s a lot of walking and it’s very demanding on the searchers because they have to be focused all of the time on their surroundings and hazards.”

Each volunteer took tracking sticks and each team had at least one two-way radio.

“We use tracking sticks to move things around on the ground, so that we’re not bending down all of the time or maybe you get into a confined space and you have to look at something,” Topuschak said. “We use them if we have to go into the trash because you don’t want to be sticking your hand in there — it comes in handy. We also have GPS tracking on them, so we know where they are every second.”

One of the biggest challenges of a ground search in the winter is snow, Topuschak said.

“It covers a lot of the clues,” he said. “It would be like walking along the beach and then the water comes along and erases the tracks. It’s very difficult to find clues or evidence to where somebody has been if it’s covered by snow.”

However, volunteers brought back some items of interest — a finding that didn’t surprise Elizabeth Popowich, Regina Police Service spokeswoman.

“Any time you’re looking in an urban environment, it tends to quite a rich environment in terms of found objects,” she said. “If anything was found of interest, it will require some analysis and some investigation to determine if it has any connection at all to Brandy.”

If there is another SARR search, the Regina Police Service will set the date.

“We continue to work very hard on this investigation to try to determine what happened to Brandy and where she is,” Popowich said. “The area searches that were carried out this week are one part of the investigation and they happen to be quite a visible component, but we certainly want to reassure Brandy’s family and friends and the public that there are a lot of other things that are going on in this investigation as well.”

She urges Regina residents to check their yards and buildings, particularly sheds and garages for anything unusual.

Anyone with information that could help police locate Wesaquate is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Despite wearing layered clothing, the volunteers were chilled at the end of Saturday’s search. Although the temperature hovered around -5 degrees C, the wind gusted up to 50 km per hour at times and the wind chill was -14. The searchers warmed up on a 45-minute lunch break when they returned to St. Luke school and were served soup and hot drinks from the Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen.


Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Search+yields+sign+Wesaquate/6068038/story.html#ixzz1kqqjLFYv
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on February 16, 2012, 12:39:17 PM
Another search... After all this time, it doesn't look good.

Regina police taking search for missing woman to new heights with help from RCMP
The Canadian Press
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:31:00 CST

REGINA - Regina police are taking to the air to search for a missing woman.

They are planning the air search for Thursday after many ground searches failed to find any sign of 28-year-old Brandy Wesaquate.

She was last seen on New Year's Day leaving a house party on Rae Street in north central Regina in the early hours of Jan. 1.

Police spokeswoman Lara Guzik says RCMP air services will fly over the east end of Regina looking for evidence.

Guzik says previous searches and tips from the public have led police expand the search to the east end of Regina.

Another ground search is also planned for Saturday.

(CJME)

Local newspaper story - http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Police+take+search+Brandy+Wesaquate/6163195/story.html (http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Police+take+search+Brandy+Wesaquate/6163195/story.html)
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: SAP on February 16, 2012, 01:26:56 PM
The tip police have been given must have been solid since they are centering on a specific area. They also seem not to expect to find Brandy alive. :'(
Are there any roadways leading out of Regina in that area? Gosdpeed for a recovery so they can get the DNA they need.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on February 17, 2012, 10:26:03 AM
Are there any roadways leading out of Regina in that area?

The Trans-Canada highway runs right through the east end and there are a couple of other lesser highways going east as well.  The area is also home to the City Landfill and a lot of fields around the industrial area.  Parts of the east end have become pretty rough over the past few years and the crime rate has really increased.  The area where Brandy was last seen is a high crime area as well.  Things don't look good.

Brandy's brother posted on the FB group that family has been approached by people who say they can help but then ask for money in return for information.  What kind of people do that?

https://www.facebook.com/groups/307749642599951/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/307749642599951/)
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: SAP on February 17, 2012, 12:36:03 PM
Thanks Devlee.
How disgusting is that!!! Offering to help but first ask for money. To do that to family and friends of Brandy is just cruel and sick. I would play along a bit, get their name and report this to police if that is happening.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on February 19, 2012, 08:57:27 AM
I was really hoping they would find something yesterday.  Our snow cover is so sparse this winter that nothing can really be underneath it.

No sign of Wesaquate

BY PAMELA COWAN, LEADER-POST FEBRUARY 18, 2012
 
Despite the Regina Police Service, the RCMP and Search and Rescue Regina (SARR) joining forces in a ground search for Brandy Rene Wesaquate on Saturday, the missing woman was not located.

Searchers concentrated on the rural area, east of Regina.

“There’s some indication that she may have been in this area and so we’re trying to eliminate some of the areas close to the city to see if we can find some evidence that she may have been here — an article of clothing, a purse, a cellphone, something like that,” Hugh McLaughlan, the search manager for the RCMP search team, told reporters Saturday morning.

The search team included 13 SARR members, eight RCMP members and three city police officers.

Gathering at the parking lot of Young’s Equipment on Highway 1 East, searchers set out around 9:30 a.m. and expected to quit around 4 p.m.

The RCMP searchers used quads to cover more area, McLaughlan said.

“The rest of the walking searchers are searching in groups of three,” he said. “We’re looking along ditches, along railway tracks, trails and treelines, anywhere where you might find a piece of evidence.”

He estimated searchers would cover about six kilometres east of Prince of Wales Drive in the morning.

On Thursday, the RCMP air services division flew over the east end of Regina looking for evidence. Saturday’s ground search covered areas where the view was blocked from the air.

“The aerial search on Thursday didn’t turn up anything for us to follow up on,” McLaughlan said.

He hoped the lack of snow on the ground would aid search efforts.

“If there is any evidence, it should be near the surface,” McLaughlan said. “Living in Saskatchewan, we know that’s not likely to last. We will probably get some, so if we’re going to do more searches, it will probably be in the very near future. But I don’t have any plans for that at the moment.”

Previous ground searches focused on the area surrounding a residence on the 900 block of Rae Street where Wesaquate was last seen Jan. 1 around 1:30 a.m.

The 28-year-old aboriginal woman is described as 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing faded blue jeans, a white Adidas fullzip hooded jacket and white “board-style” shoes.

Regina residents are urged to check their yards and buildings, particularly sheds and garages for anything unusual. Anyone with information that could help police locate Wesaquate is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

pcowan@leaderpost.com

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post


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Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on April 05, 2012, 07:49:49 PM
Four months have passed and Brandy is still missing.  There have been no news stories at all.  I really thought they would have found her by now. :(
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: forest on December 08, 2012, 09:58:01 PM
Wonder if Brandy's dissapearance is connected with Tara Fawn chartrand...who also went missing from Rae St just months earlier. They are pretty much the same age too.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on December 18, 2012, 05:53:24 PM
There may be more to this case than has been reported publicly...

A family member has recently commented on FB about Brandy not being born a female.  It was then acknowledged by another family member that the police are aware of this.  For privacy reasons I will not copy and paste the post here.

Perhaps this information would make a difference when searching for Brandy?  Maybe she is now living as a male to escape a dangerous situation?  Thoughts?
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: cana_nomad on December 18, 2012, 07:03:30 PM
I've worked with quite a few transgendered clients over the years, most of whom were escaping from one part of the country to another, and it is extremely rare that they switch back once they have already made the choice to live as another gender.  If Brandy is still alive, she would most likely change her hair and style of dress before reverting to living as a male.  With transgdered people, once they decide to assume the new gender, it is them and who they feel they have always been.  That being said, I would never guess this woman is biologically male, and I am natural born female!

I'm wondering if she met with foul play (possibly sexual assualt) and the assailant discovered a penis?  (going on the assumption she did not have corrective surgery).  Something like that can set someone who is already violent, off the deep end.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: Chris on December 18, 2012, 11:03:09 PM
After this much time, you would think if she choose to disappear, some clue that she is still alive should have been brought to someones attention. I hope this poor lady is alive and gets in touch with friends or loved ones soon.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on January 02, 2014, 07:31:59 AM
The two years anniversary of Brandy's disappearance has just passed and there is still nothing new in her case.  Has she joined the ranks of other forgotten aboriginal woman that are missing or murdered?  :(
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: SAP on November 27, 2014, 07:10:15 PM
Brandy was 28. 8 years earlier Janine RENE WESAQUATE was found murdered. Were these two girls twins?

http://www.unsolvedcanada.ca/index.php?topic=4635.msg55500#msg55500

How much heartache can a family endure? :(
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: cana_nomad on November 28, 2014, 09:19:27 PM
I am guessing at least related in some way, but not necessarily sisters (could not open the link as my computer is messed up, so not sure if that was confirmed).  Wesaquate is a FN last name and there can be thousands of FN families with the same last name who are barely related by blood.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: SAP on November 28, 2014, 09:57:08 PM
Cana, just do a search for Janine Rene Wesaquate on this forum and you'll find the link material. It never did say whether the girls were closely related or not.
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: devlee on January 01, 2015, 05:34:49 PM
Today marks three years since Brandy Wesaquate went missing and still nothing...
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: PandaBearKitty on June 29, 2015, 12:26:47 AM
Brandy Wesaquate was 28 when she was last seen​ leaving a house party in Regina on New Year's Day in 2012. According to relatives, she was born a man and identifies as a woman. She has had no contact with family or friends since the date of her disappearance.

http://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/mmiw/profile/brandy-wesaquate
Title: Re: Brandy Rene WESAQUATE | Missing | Regina (January 1, 2012)
Post by: PandaBearKitty on June 29, 2015, 12:31:18 AM
https://secure.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/missing-disparus/case-dossier.jsf?case=2012020659&id=24