OPP News Release
TEMISKAMING - It’s been fourteen years since Melanie ETHIER was reported missing and the Ontario Provincial Police Unsolved Homicide Investigation Team -UHIT want to know what happened to the New Liskeard teen. (See attached Missing Person and Unidentified Bodies Unit - MPUB and Unsolved Homicide Investigation Team –UHIT backgrounder).
Around 1:30 am on Sunday September 29, 1996, Melanie Marie ETHIER, who was 15 years old at the time of her disappearance, left a friend’s house to walk to her home one kilometre away in the Town of New Liskeard. Melanie did not reach her residence and her mother called the New Liskeard Police Service to report her daughter missing.
To date all resources of the former New Liskeard Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police have not found any trace of the missing girl. There is no evidence that Melanie left the New Liskeard area on a voluntary basis. All the evidence and data collected indicate that Melanie ETHIER met with foul play at the hands of person(s) unknown.
The Government of Province of Ontario has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Melanie’s disappearance. That reward remains unclaimed. Information about this reward and the Melanie ETHIER missing person investigation can be found at www.OPP.ca - CIB Unsolved Investigations and the Missing Person and Unidentified Bodies Unit webpage www.missing-u.ca.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the OPP Temiskaming Detachment at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222- TIPS (8477).
A smiling school photo of Melanie still appears on a billboard alongside Highway 11 North. Its message continues to speak to passing motorists.
“You know what happened to me… so why don't you help?"
What happened to Melanie ETHIER? We know that someone knows.