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Update re: Sladjana Petrovic – New appeal to public from Yellowknife RCMP

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Yellowknife RCMP update on missing woman, renew appeal

Yellowknife, NT, January 6, 2020

Yellowknife RCMP continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman, Sladjana Petrovic, age 60.

Sladjana was reportedly last seen on December 26 in the downtown area. RCMP began a missing person investigation on December 27, when she was reported missing.

RCMP have issued pleas for assistance from the public since December 30, 2019.   Today, they renew their request, and provide updated information.

Sladjana Petrovic, is described as Caucasian, 5’7” / 170 cm, 257 lbs / 117 kg, heavy build, shoulder length “salt and pepper” brown hair and blue eyes.

The investigation has produced the latest image, taken the day before her disappearance.

Sladjana is seen wearing a dark blue jacket, with light blue liner, a pink or red shirt, black or dark pants, and running shoes.  She appears to be carrying a grey/black bag or purse.  It is believed Sladjana was wearing the same clothes when she was last seen.

The investigation confirms that Sladjana was last seen at approximately 3:40 pm on December 26, leaving her apartment building on 53 St and walking towards Franklin Avenue. She is believed to be wearing the dark blue jacket, red/pink shirt, dark pants and running shoes.

Investigators continue to canvas the area, as residences and businesses in the downtown area surrounding 53 Street may have video footage from security cameras, “Nest” cams and vehicle dash cams.   Residents are asked to review their footage between the hours of 3 PM and midnight, December 26, 2019 and provide police with any sightings.

Yellowknife Ground Search and Rescue (YKGSAR) have been actively patrolling the downtown area, including back alleys and checking yards.  Please be aware these patrols may continue.

Additional to the YKGSAR patrols and RCMP canvasses, downtown residents are asked to report anything that may appear unusual in their backyards and outbuildings

Sladjana has been known to visit Calgary and Edmonton in the past.  RCMP Yellowknife Detachment is working with partner agencies in Alberta. The media release was shared with Alberta, should Sladjana be making her way from Yellowknife to Alberta.

The investigators of Yellowknife RCMP General Investigative Section continue to work on this priority investigation.  They have been supported by the NT RCMP Police Dog Services, Yellowknife RCMP and resources from other units as required.   At this time, despite the dedicated, multi-level police investigation, there have been no confirmed sightings, interactions or activity from Sladjana Petrovic since she was last seen on December 26, 2019 at 3:40 pm.

“Our investigators continue to work around the clock to locate Ms. Petrovic. We are concerned for her well-being, and any pieces of information can assist, so please contact us with any information you may have. Our investigatorsare are following every possible lead to locate Ms. Petrovic” states Inspector Alex Laporte, Yellowknife RCMP Detachment Commander.

Anyone with information on whereabouts of Sladjana Petrovic is asked to contact either Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, nwtnutips.com, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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Charges likely in fatal attack at central Alberta medical clinic: RCMP

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RED DEER, Alta. — Mounties say they anticipate charges will be laid after a man was killed in a violent attack at a medical clinic in central Alberta yesterday.

A witness told media outlets that it was her family doctor who was slain at the walk-in clinic in Red Deer, and that the suspect had a hammer and a machete.

Supt. Gerald Grobmeier held a news conference last night but wouldn’t confirm details.

He says a suspect is in custody and charges are likely.

Grobmeier says other staff and patients were in the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic at the time of the attack and will likely suffer trauma because of what they saw.

He describes it as an isolated but extremely brazen crime.

“I am sickened to learn that a member of our community died in such a violent tragedy,” Grobmeier said.

“My heart goes out to the family … no one expects that.”

He said one officer was struck with a blunt weapon during the arrest, and was treated for minor injuries.

Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro both tweeted that they were saddened to hear about the fatal attack on the doctor.

Dr. Christine Molnar, president of the Alberta Medical Association, said in a statement that the organization will be reaching out to local medical staff for support.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 11, 2020

 

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‘Horrific:’ Witness says Alberta doctor slain while working in medical clinic

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RED DEER, Alta. — A witness to a fatal attack at a central Alberta medical clinic says the victim was her family doctor.

The assault happened at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer just before noon on Monday.

RCMP said in a release that one man was in custody and officers were not looking for other suspects.

Anina Mullin said she waiting in the lobby of the clinic with her 13-year-old daughter when they heard a commotion.

“We heard banging and then, ‘Help Me! Help Me! Call 911! Call 911!'” Mullin told rdnewsNOW.

“That was the doctor screaming, yelling. One of the receptionists ran to the door. It was at the far end of the walk-in clinic and she came running back like she had seen a ghost and was like, ‘Can someone help him?'”

Mullin said two larger men nearby sprang into action to assist. They came back quickly, telling everyone to get out.

“I grabbed my teenage daughter’s hand and we just ran as fast as we could out the doors. Once we got outside, we got into the truck and waited. And she’s like, ‘Mom can we go?’ And I said, ‘No, I’m too shaken. I can’t.”

Mullin said the two men who had helped stood at the clinic door and held it shut until police arrived.

“The one police officer went to the door and opened the door and had his gun drawn and he yelled, ‘Put it down, put it down or I will shoot you!'” said Mullin.

“At that time, a hammer flew at the police officer and bashed into the door and then flew outside. It was drenched in blood … like you couldn’t see any metal on it. It was just covered in blood.”

Mullin said the officer then ordered someone to ‘put down the machete’ and went inside. He was quickly joined by other officers, who brought out the suspect in handcuffs.

“He was wearing a hooded sweater with his hood up,” said Mullin.

“He had blood all around the rim of his sleeves and large clothes. From there, the ambulances came and they all rushed in with medical bags and a stretcher … they also brought out the other patients I assume were in the other waiting rooms along with two other doctors and a bunch of nurses.”

After that, Mullin said her doctor was brought out on a stretcher.

RdnewsNOW is not naming the physician. RCMP would not say if the victim was a doctor.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said he was “deeply saddened to hear of this horrific incident.”

“Sending my condolences to the physician’s family and loved ones.” he said Monday on Twitter. “My thoughts and prayers are with all staff and patients who witnessed this tragic attack.”

Dr. Christine Molnar, president of the Alberta Medical Association, also sent condolences to the physician’s family, colleagues and the Red Deer community.

“The AMA will be reaching out to local medical staff to learn how we can best provide support at this time,” said in a statement.

Mullin said her physician was an amazing doctor.

“I’ve never seen anything quite as horrific as that.

“It’s definitely affected my daughter. It’s hard to get out of your mind,” she said. “I don’t know if I could ever go back into that clinic. It’s awful.” (rdnewsNOW)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 10, 2020

— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgary

Sheldon Spackman and Troy Gillard, rdnewsNOW, The Canadian Press

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