Nine-year-old Lisa Menard sat speechless in front of a bank of TV cameras at Surrey RCMP headquarters Wednesday afternoon in a heart-wrenching attempt to get her sister back.
At a police-arranged press gathering, Lisa clutched a teddy bear while hiding her face behind a picture she drew of her 12-year-old sister Jamie-Leah Prohl.
Around the picture she wrote, “I miss u Jamie,” “I love you,” and “Please come home.”
Police share Lisa’s concern for Jamie-Leah, who was last seen during the evening hours of March 27 before going to bed at her home in the 13200 block of 105 Avenue.
Jamie-Leah (left) is described as a Caucasian female, 5’3”, 115 lbs with brown eyes and black hair with purple highlights down to just below her jawline. She has a scar from a dog bite on her right cheek.
No clothing description is available.
Police are concerned for her well-being as she may be distraught and has never been reported missing before. She uses public transportation, however, she does not have access to money or her cellphone.
There have been several reports of where she might be, including Squamish, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Kelowna and even Alberta, however police have no firm indication of where she might be.
Her family home life is described by police as challenging and dysfunctional.
“Police are concerned for the safety of Jamie-Leah,” Cpl. Barb Creighton said in a press release. “We want to advise Jamie-Leah that arrangements are being made to ensure the health and well-being of both her and her little sister, Lisa. Police are eager to reunite Jamie-Leah and Lisa as soon as possible.”
Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Jamie-Leah is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s Missing Persons Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS. Alternatively, people can report sightings to www.missingkids.ca.