Manitoba increases funding for missing person investigations, support

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The province announced this week they are investing millions more dollars into a program that they say will lower the number of people who go missing in this province and give more support to those who go missing chronically. On Tuesday, Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced the province will be putting $3.1 million in new funding into the Manitoba Integrated Missing Persons Response program, which was first announced in March. The province said that brings the total funding for the program to $5.2 million. Goertzen said the new funding will help to provide consistent and streamlined reporting, tracking and investigative approaches to missing persons cases from rural communities and First Nations across the province, and will do that by “strengthening our police services…

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