Niagara Authorities Amplify Search for Missing Teen Possibly in Waterloo Region


Authorities in Niagara Falls are intensifying their search for a missing teenager who may potentially be found in the Waterloo Region. In a recently released statement, Waterloo Regional officers relayed a message initially disseminated by the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) notifying the public about the disappearance of 16-year-old Damien Rotchill.

Based on the official police report, Damien was spotted for the last time on Vine Street in St. Catharines, on June 12, 2023, around 6 a.m. According to NRPS, the young lad had secured consent to embark on a bus trip to meet with a friend in Kitchener.

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However, the communications would soon cease as Damien notified later on the same day that he was unable to make the return journey to Niagara. Reports indicate that neither the teen’s guardians nor the law enforcement have established contact with Damien since his last communication.

The police presently speculate that Damien could be somewhere within the Kitchener-Waterloo locale, as he carries a propensity towards a transient lifestyle.

In their detailed description, law enforcement indicates that Damien is a 5’10 feet, 125-pound teenager, sporting a short black haircut. Officers, alongside his caregivers, are reportedly worried about his wellbeing and safety.

An appeal to members of the public has been made for anyone who might stumble upon any leads regarding his location. They are urged to directly reach out to the detective handling the case at 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009590.

For those opting for anonymity, it’s possible to relay any potentially helpful information via Crime Stoppers of Niagara online. Alternatively, confidential telephone calls can be made through 1-800-222-8477.