A northern Manitoba First Nations Band Councillor is still missing. The father of four was reported missing July 3, 2009. He had failed to pick up his pay cheque, and has not been seen since he left his girlfriend’s home in Brandon for Winnipeg, Manitoba and was last reported seen in the downtown area of Winnipeg on June 26, 2009.
A brother who lives in Winnipeg reports that Tssessaze has not contacted him, other family members or Tssessaze’s girlfriend, behaviour said to not be characteristic of the missing man. Tssessaze left his identification at his girlfirends home. It is believed that the he also has no money.
Tssessaze is 5’11" tall and weighs approximately 240 pounds. He was wearing a black t-shirt and black dress pants when he was last seen. He has suffered from a head trauma, and it is possible he is disoriented.
The public is asked to report to police if you think you have seen the missing man. Call the Winnipeg Police at 986-6222, or the RCMP detachment in Thompson a 1-204-677-6909, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Last week Tssessaze’s relatives started fundraising to help finance a search for the man. Tssessaze’s relatives are actively looking for Tssessaze in Winnipeg. A vigil was also held for Richard Tssessaze on July 9th on the Lac Brochet reserve. The small community of about 900 people is said to be "rocked" by the disappearance of the man. Approximately 20 people from the community were planning to fly to Winnipeg to aid the ten family members already there in the search.