Canadian police have issued a call for information regarding the disappearance of Élora Patoine, a 30-year-old woman who has been missing since June. Patoine, who gained internet fame as the partner of Jean-Francois Gariepy, a French Canadian white nationalist internet personality, was last seen on June 19. Her partner had dropped her off at a gas station two days prior to her disappearance.
Patoine, known as “Mama JF” to Gariepy’s followers, has been a recurring figure in his videos. Gariepy has faced criticism for his white supremacist views and calls for a “white ethnostate.” He has hosted white supremacist figures like Richard Spencer on his livestreams.
While some personalities on the right have suggested foul play in Patoine’s disappearance, Gariepy maintains that video evidence clears him of any wrongdoing. He has also suggested that Patoine’s disappearance is evidence that men should have more legal control over their wives, although they are not legally married.
According to Gariepy, Patoine had expressed an interest in off-the-grid living and had taken a similar trip several years ago. He claims that she had been planning and preparing for this trip for many years. Gariepy stated that Patoine chose to go off-grid on her own volition and had discarded her credit cards and cellphone to avoid being tracked.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have released a timeline of Patoine’s last sightings. She was seen on June 17 in Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, and again on June 19 in Moncton, New Brunswick. However, her trail has since gone cold.
Patoine’s disappearance has caused friction within right-wing circles, with some questioning Gariepy’s involvement and actions following her departure. Gariepy’s comments about deep cleaning his house after Patoine left have drawn scrutiny from other far-right personalities.
The investigation into Patoine’s disappearance is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Canadian authorities.