Canadian police travel to Tennessee in search of missing Mi’kmaw woman

Trina Roache
APTN National News
The search for a missing Mi’kmaw woman south of the border continues.

Investigators with the Cape Breton police and RCMP are in Tennessee, U.S. hoping to find leads on where Chrisma Joy Denny might be.

Denny, 23, was reported missing in early November.

But no one in her home community of Eskasoni had seen her since late August. Her family says Denny struggled with addiction and mental illness and often took off on her own. At times, she lived on the streets in Sydney, Cape Breton. So, it wasn’t unusual to not see her for weeks at a time.

Early in their investigation, police found out that Denny travelled to the United States. She was last seen in Tennessee where she had contact with the Knox County sheriff’s office. The photo of Denny on its website (see above) may be the most recent.

Officers in Knox County had tried to help Denny. She spent a couple of days at a shelter but then moved on. She was last seen Sept. 19 in Tennessee.

Police have followed up on numerous tips from the public. So far, no leads on where Denny is now or why she left in the first place. In a release, the Knox County police say “Ms. Denny is known to travel by hitchhiking and is believed to frequent truck stops and rest areas.  Investigators and her family are very concerned for Ms. Denny’s wellbeing.”

Anyone with information can contact Cape Breton Regional Police (902-563-5151), Eskasoni RCMP (902-379-2822) or anonymously through CrimeStoppers or the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (865) 215-2243.

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