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Police ‘very concerned’ for welfare of missing person Thomas Kwasny, renew calls for help

Thunder Bay Police have released an image of a man to identify as a possible witness as it is believed he found a backpack belonging to Kwasny in the Westfort area.

THUNDER BAY - Police are growing increasingly concerned over the welfare of a Thunder Bay man who has not been seen since May 15 and are once again reaching out to the public for assistance.

Thomas Kwasny, 33, was first reported missing on May 28. The last confirmed sighting of Kwasny took place on May 15 at approximately 9 a.m. in the 400 block of George Street.

“We have strong concerns for Mr. Kwasny because anyone we have interviewed have said they know who he is, they always see him, and he has not been seen by anyone in three weeks,” said missing person coordinator Det. Const. Jeff Saunders with the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Police have made several pleas to the public to provide any information that could assist officers and family in locating Kwasny.

On Friday, police released an image of man captured by video surveillance at Lucero Pharmacy on Donald Street on May 14.

Police would like to identify the man and speak with him because he turned in a backpack at the pharmacy just before 12:45 p.m. that was found in the Frederica Street West area that police believe belongs to Kwasny.

“The backpack, we believe was found in Westfort,” said Det. Insp. John Fennell. “The problem with that is we are ready and able to search, but we are trying to identify an area that is reasonable to search.”

According to Saunders, there is no reason to believe at this time that Kwasny has left the city of Thunder Bay.

“It’s always a possibility, however, he is very routine,” Saunders said. “He has never left Thunder Bay according to what his family has told us. He did have ties to the Geraldton area about 15 years ago but he has basically been in Thunder Bay since. Everyone we’ve spoken to has said they don’t believe he would have left Thunder Bay.”

There is growing concern for Kwasny’s welfare, as he does have medical needs and everyone who knows him say it is very unlike him to not be seen by anyone for such a long period of time.

Kwasny’s family have been putting up posters in the downtown south core where he is known to frequent services including Grace Place, Shelter House, and Thunder Bay Transit.

People living in the Westfort area are also encouraged to search their property and check buildings that are not frequently used.  

Kwasny is described as a White male standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a thin build. He has brown eyes, brown hair and a shaved head. He was last seen wearing a beige-and-grey hoodie, blue plaid pants and a Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ T-shirt. 

Anyone with information about the possible whereabouts of Thomas Kwasny is asked to contact the Thunder Bay Police Service at 684-1200 or submit a tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at 

Doug Diaczuk

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Doug Diaczuk is a reporter and award-winning author from Thunder Bay. He has a master’s degree in English from Lakehead University
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