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Photo: Owen Rooney has been missing from Grand Forks B.C. since Aug. 14./submitted


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A missing Australian man is still believed to be in the Grande Prairie area.

Grande Prairie RCMP say they are still trying to locate Owen Rooney who went missing from a hospital in Grand Forks, B.C. on Aug. 14.

The detachment had sent out a media release on Monday saying that one possible sighting turned out not to be Rooney.

However, Corporal Carol McKinley with the Grande Prairie RCMP says police still believe other sightings in the area might be linked to Rooney.

The 24 year-old had gone missing from the Grand Forks hospital and is believed to be with a group selling wind chimes.

Back in November, RCMP in B.C. received a report of three males in their early twenties selling dream catchers in Nanaimo. One of the males apparently resembled Rooney.

Police say the majority of sightings have been around Cranbrook and Kimberley, B.C.

Rooney is described as being 5’ 9” in height and 160 pounds. He has brown hair, straight white teeth and two tattoos. One of the tattoos is of a Celtic star and is on his shoulder. It is approximately three inches in diameter. The other is on his calf. It is described as perhaps being a triangle with a kangaroo. It is about the size of the bottom of a coffee mug.

He also has a distinct Australian accent which police say they believe people might confuse with a British accent.


Rooney’s parents have come from Australia and have been in Canada searching for their son.

Anyone with information on Rooney’s whereabouts or who may have spoken with him are asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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