Damien FraserAge 21
23 Apr 2022
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia (Canada)
Damien's body was found by a man walking along the shoreline of a local beach who reported it to the authorities. Initial police and media reports deadnamed and misgendered him.
SYDNEY, N.S. — Damien Fraser's kindness immediately pops to mind when talking with his friends.
"I love the way that Damien can make anyone feel included and comfortable," said Felicity Clarkson, who has been friends with Fraser since elementary school. "He always had a smile on his face, and shared that smile to anyone he talked to."
Former neighbour Kayla MacDonald, 18, looked up to Fraser, 21, when they were children as an older sibling. "He is the kindest, most understanding person you’ll meet," she said. "You can talk to him with absolutely no judgment. Just an overall lovely person."
Cape Breton Regional Police are asking the public for help in locating Fraser, who was last seen Monday night. Fraser hasn't been heard from since leaving his Sydney Mines home sometime overnight Monday into Tuesday. "We continue to work with family to attempt to locate their loved one," said police spokesperson Desiree Magnus.
"We requested assistance from the DNR helicopter (Wednesday), who searched areas around the residence where this person left from, as well as previous areas of residence."
The Cape Breton Post was unable to speak to a family member before publication time.
Damien Fraser, whose legal name is currently [deadname] Mansfield, came out as a trans male publicly through a Facebook post on Dec. 9, 2021. The post is pinned to the top of his Facebook page. The missing persons release from Cape Breton Regional Police was posted to their Facebook page and sent to media using Fraser's former name and pronouns. It also included an older photo.
As the media coverage, including in the Cape Breton Post, and social media posting was shared, some people shared screenshots of Fraser's coming-out post. "He is the kindest, most understanding person you’ll meet. You can talk to him with absolutely no judgment. Just an overall lovely person." — Fraser's former neighbour Kayla MacDonald
Police updated the information to reflect both names, as complaints were voiced through social media about the misgendering of the missing man.