One year later and no progress made in case

Burns Lake man vanishes from Southside almost a year ago.

On Dec. 26

PJ (Perry) Sebastian remains missing.  He was reported last seen on the morning of Dec. 26, 2011 on the Nee Tahi Buhn reserve on the Southside.  The RCMP have conducted ground and aerial searches in the area where he was last seen and leads have been followed up upon, but without any success.

Although the RCMP report no further developments, Theresa Michel, Sebastian’s mother, believes that her son is still alive.

“I never think negative,” Theresa said. “I stay positive all the time.”

It isn’t just a mother’s hope in the face of her child’s disappearance.  She has heard from others that Sebastian is in the Edmonton area to work off a debt.

“I heard [from a source] that I shouldn’t worry, that he owes money and he’s working it off,” she said.  “When he’s done he’ll come home.”

Kim Sebastian, PJ’s cousin has been leading the campaign to find PJ and keep awareness of his disappearance in the public eye.

She is not enthusiastic about the rumours of another PJ sighting.

“To me, that’s just more rumours.  There have been many rumours,” she said.  “But nothing concrete.”

It’s been almost a year since PJ disappeared and not only is the family no closer to finding him, but they’re no closer to understanding the circumstances of his disappearance in the first place.

“There’s no leads to anything,” Kim said.  “We’ve put posters out across B.C. and in Alberta wherever family has travelled.”

“Somebody knows where he is,” she said.

“They need to let the family know.”

Anyone with information on Sebastian or his whereabouts are asked to contact the RCMP Burns Lake Detachment (250) 692-7171 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).


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