A Calgary woman whose vehicle and belongings were found abandoned at the side of a Manitoba highway has turned up to report she’s not actually missing.
Police said today that Michelle Matovich, 28, is safe after contacting them -- first in a telephone call, then in person -- in response to a Canada-wide alert put out earlier in the week.
And while police say their investigation is now over, the mystery surrounding the case lingers.
Matovich had last been seen by her family in Alberta on the May long weekend. The investigation moved east when Portage RCMP found the woman’s car – along with luggage, a cellular phone and a map – on the afternoon of June 3 near MacGregor.
RCMP issued a public alert on June 10, saying they were concerned for the woman’s well-being and seeking help in finding her. They said family members had no explanation for why Matovich may have been in Manitoba.
An RCMP release Friday morning confirmed Matovich had been found but provided no other details, including where she was or why she vanished.
RCMP deferred comment to the Calgary Police Service, who did provide some background information. Sgt. John Hebert told the Free Press that Matovich phoned Portage RCMP on Thursday, expressing surprise at the fact she was listed as a missing person. She was not in Manitoba, or Alberta, at the time of the call.
RCMP asked Matovich to go to her nearest police station so officers could confirm she was okay. She did that later in the day.
"At this point now it’s basically become a private matter," said Hebert, adding no charges will be laid. He also couldn’t say where Matovich currently is but said her family has been made aware.
Hebert admits there was serious concern when Matovich’s vehicle surfaced last week two provinces away. And he couldn’t explain why she left it behind or how she continued on her journey, including whether she met up with someone else along the way.