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Missing man 'high priority' for police

By Cassidy Olivier, The Province

Another Christmas has come and gone and there is still no sign of Perry "PJ" Sebastian, a First Nations man who last seen near Southbank on Boxing Day of 2011.

Since then, his family and local community members have launched several efforts to locate him, including missing-persons road signs and a high-profile, five-day walk from the Nee Tahi Buhn reserve near Southbank to Hagwilget Village near Hazelton. The Burns Lake RCMP, meantime, continue to investigate the "high priority" file. Over the past two years, investigators have gathered countless statements, concluded ground and air searches, and chased down close to 200 leads - all, however, to no avail.

"We have definitely followed up on any tips we have received," said Const. Lesley Smith, the RCMP's north district media spokesperson on Thursday. "We have yet to locate him." Sebastian was 28 at the time of his disappearance. He is described as a First Nations, with brown hair, black eyes, standing 5-foot-11, and weighing about 170 pounds.

When last seen in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, 2011, he was wearing a camouflage toque, black hoodie, navy track pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burns Lake RCMP at 250-691-7171 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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