On September 29, 1996, at 2 a.m., 15-year-old, Melanie Ethier left a friend's home in New Liskeard, to walk home less than a kilometre away. She has not been seen or heard from since.
OPP say the investigation remains active after 25 years, but answers remain elusive.
"The status of the investigation will remain open until the OPP determine the whereabouts of Melanie or can positively determine what has happened to her," says a police news release.
"This case is unique as Melanie seemed to vanish without a trace," says Constable Jennifer Smith. "The OPP believes someone out there has the information that is required to solve this case and look to the public for further information. All leads will continue to be investigated by the members of the Temiskaming Detachment and the OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of the OPP's Criminal Investigation Branch."
"Unfortunately, I am in the same place as I was on September 29, 1996, still wondering where my precious child is," said Melanie's mother Celine Ethier last Christmas. "I need to sit in my silence for a while and I need to regroup and I need to breathe for just a short time. The dead ends, the endless hours of searching and the hopelessness has left me completely drained."
OPP released a video last year looking for new leads and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the investigation.
Anyone with any information regarding missing person Melanie Ethier should contact the Temiskaming Detachment at: 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.