Unsolved Missing Person Investigation

Unsolved Missing Person Investigation

Russell Hoffert disappeared sixteen years ago

On Friday April 7th, 2000 shortly after at 10 p.m., Russell Hoffert, a voluntary patient of the former North Bay Psychiatric Hospital, was reported missing to police. As part of a continuing series of media conferences on the North Bay Police Service’s unsolved missing person and homicide investigations, the NBPS invited the media to Bomarc Road off Hwy 11 this morning at the location where Russell Hoffert was last seen sixteen years ago.

“Russell Hoffert was 34 years old on the day he walked away from the hospital grounds wearing only a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and running shoes,” said Inspector Kirk Kelusky, North Bay Police Service. “The weather was cold, in the -10 degree range, with a wind chill below 20 degrees and blowing and drifting snow.”

Patrol and Emergency Response Team officers of the North Bay Police Service, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police’s canine unit and helicopter and the Anishnabek Police’s four-wheelers, searched the road and surrounding wooded areas as well as a nearby gravel pit. Area residents were also canvassed in attempts to gain more information from potential witnesses. Unfortunately, the three-day search led to negative results. Today, his case file remains open and unsolved. There is no evidence to suggest foul play.

Russell Hoffert is described as:

  • an Aboriginal male
  • was 34 years old at the time (would be 50 today)
  • brown eyes
  • curly black hair
  • with a scar on his abdomen
  • 5′-7″
  • 183 lbs
  • slender build
  • wearing a blue, long-sleeved shirt, running shoes and blue jeans on the day he went missing.

Anyone with information that may assist police with this investigation is asked to contact investigating officer D/Cst. Greg McClenaghan at the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555.

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