After a Facebook post urging Londoners to help find a missing woman was shared hundreds of times in a 24 hour span, London Police confirmed Tuesday that officers are investigating.
According to the social media post, 41-year-old Shelley Desrochers has not been seen since January 2nd.
“[H]er family and friends are very worried as this is not habit for her to just fall off the face of the earth,” the post reads.
Cst. Sandasha Bough confirms that police are investigating her disappearance, but say a missing persons report was not filed until last Thursday.
“I can’t comment on why they didn’t notify us right away. I can tell you that since we received the information, the occurrence has been assigned to our missing persons officer and they have been continuing with any information that they receive from the public, friends, family.”
London Police have yet to issue a formal release about her disappearance, but Cst. Bough says they aren’t ruling out issuing a release in the future.
“We don’t put media releases out when somebody is missing unless they are deemed to be in imminent risk, for example weather related, whether or not it is medical related. In 2015, we had 1633 missing person reports, so we put those missing reports out when the individual is deemed to be in imminent danger.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Desrochers is urged to contact police.