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***UPDATE -  On September 19th, Jenessa was located and is safely back home.  Thanks to everyone who helped find her.***

Saanich Police are looking for your help in locating 12 year old Jenessa Shacter. Jenessa was dropped off at the bus stop at 50 Burnside Road West at about 8am on September 16, 2019. She was supposed to be on her way to school but she didn’t make it there and has not been seen since. It is possible Jenessa could be in the company of an unknown adult man and her family, friends and police are concerned about her well-being.

Jenessa is described as:

Caucasian, 5'2", medium length hair dyed orange and blonde, last seen wearing black Adidas hoodie with white logo on the front, ripped blue jeans, and white runners.  

If you see Jenessa or know where she is, please call police immediately.


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Jenessa Shacter

Saanich Police are investigating a serious collision between a car and motorcycle that happened at around noon today, September 16, 2019, at the intersection of Cumberland Road and Union Road. Tragically, the driver of the motorcycle died at the scene.

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash and our Collision Analysts and Forensic Identification officers are on scene collecting evidence. This is a time consuming process and traffic in this residential area will be impacted throughout the afternoon.

The BC Coroners Service have been contacted and efforts are underway to notify the family of the deceased driver. Victim Services has also been brought in to provide support for all those impacted.

“This is a terrible crash that has taken away a man from his family. Our sincerest condolences are extended to them all” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Saanich Police.

The driver of the car was uninjured and is being investigated for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

Anyone who witnessed this crash or who has information about events that happened prior to it, are asked to contact us at 250-475-4321.


In January 2016, the Saanich Police began a voyeurism investigation involving then 29 year old Matthew Charles Schwabe. On September 3, 2019, 30 charges were sworn before the courts against Mr. Schwabe for various offences involving 9 young women over a 4 year period. The charges included Voyeurism, Publication of Intimate Images without Consent, Indecent Act, Child Pornography and Theft Under $5000.

The investigation began after a complaint was received that a young woman had found explicit photographs of herself posted online. The file was transitioned to detectives who began a comprehensive look into the allegations.

“It has been a long, complicated and detailed investigation that has and continues to impact many people. The strength and patience of the 9 young women is commendable and we are very pleased to be at this point of charge approval” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Public Information Officer for Saanich Police.

As this investigation is now before the courts, no further information will be released.


Saanich Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for an unprovoked assault on a woman in the 4500 block of Gordon Point Road.

At around 2:30AM on September 6, 2019, a 24 year old woman was walking towards the beach when an unknown man assaulted her, leaving her with swelling and bruising to her face and body.  She fought off the man and ran home, calling police when she got there.

The woman was treated for her injuries by paramedics, and Victim Services was called to provide her with further support.

The suspect man is described as tall with a medium build.  He was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans and looked “homeless”.

Despite extensive canvassing, scene examination and follow-up investigation, police have not yet identified the man responsible.  If you have information that can help, call us at 250-475-4321 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


At about 1am on August 29, 2019, a 29 year old man and a 33 year old woman went to the Shell gas station at the corner of Douglas Street and Saanich Road, and bought cigarettes. As they were leaving with their purchase, a 25 year old man, who was not known to the couple, approached and asked for a cigarette. When they refused, an argument ensued and the suspect punched the woman in the face. Her boyfriend stepped in to stop the assault and in doing so, was stabbed by the suspect.

Saanich Police officers were quickly on the scene and located the injured man and woman nearby at the Red Lion Inn. The man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, where he remains. The woman suffered minor injuries which did not require hospitalization.

The suspect was located in the Shell parking lot and arrested. He remains in police custody with an expected court appearance later today. Police will be recommending three charges, including Aggravated Assault, Assault and Robbery.


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