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Calgary police ramp up search for woman missing for two years

The Calgary Police are hoping for the public’s help to solve a missing persons cold case.

Anita Grace Wechsler, 36, was last seen and spoken to in Calgary sometime in July 2019, however she was not reported missing until May 2020.

Anita Wechsler. CPS

Information on Wechsler’s disappearance hadn’t previously been released because it wasn’t out of character for the woman to speak sporadically with family and friends, police said.

She is 5’4” and weighs roughly 145 pounds with green eyes and black hair. Wechsler is known to go to Grande Prairie and Lethbridge, but also out to Newfoundland, police said.

“The investigation has been ongoing, and members of the Calgary Police Service Missing Persons Team would like to identify and speak with people who have information about Wechsler and her whereabouts after July 2019,” said Calgary Police Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta.

The Calgary Police receives around 5,000 missing persons cases annually. Most are resolved quickly. They said a small percentage remain open for years.

“We never close files, but it is a reality that sometimes we do not have enough information or evidence to move an investigation forward. It is our hope that by bringing these cases to the public’s attention, that we can gain new insight into these cases.”

The police are asking anyone with information on Wechsler’s disappearance, or her movements after July 2019, are asked to contact police at 403-266-1234. Citizens can also call the missing persons tip line at 403-428-2250.