Missing man a 'drifter'
Salvation Army worker might not want to be found

Cindy MacDougall
Northern News Services

NNSL (Oct 01/99) - A Yellowknife man who went missing two weeks ago might not want to be found, according to his boss.

Georgios Orfanakos, 52, has not been seen since his last shift at the Salvation Army kitchen on Sunday, Sept. 19. He was reported missing by his landlord the following Thursday.

Captain Karen Hoeft, director of community services at the Salvation Army, said Orfanakos called in sick Monday, Sept. 20.

"He never called back. The people living with him, renting with him, said he never came home."

Hoeft said she was reluctant to give out information on Orfanakos because of employee confidentiality.

"I care about him and I'm worried but I just can't give out confidential information," she said.

"I'm not sure he wants to be found, from what I've heard," Hoeft said. "He was a pleasant man, a quiet man. He kept to himself."

RCMP Const. Denise Potvin said the police are continuing their investigation, but think Orfanakos is a drifter. They don't even have a photo of him.

"From what we've found out, he took his bicycle with him. We don't suspect any foul play," Potvin said.

She said the police would check with detachments in communities close to Yellowknife, and then probably close the case.

Potvin said many "missing persons" simply don't want to be found by family members or others.

"Many times we find the person and they tell us they don't want to talk to the person who put in the report," she said. "So we say 'the person is alive, and that's all we can tell you.'"

Anyone who knows Orfanakos' whereabouts can call the RCMP and put the matter to rest, she said.