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Missing girl vanished without a trace

'This case is particularly challenging as it is difficult to find answers to a person's disappearance when they have literally vanished without a trace

Police are taking another look at a missing person case that has baffled investigators for 22 years.

On September 29, 1996, at approximately 2 a.m. 15-year-old, Melanie Ethier left a friend's house in New Liskeard, to walk home less than a kilometre away. Melanie has not been seen or heard from since.

"This case is unique as Melanie seemed to vanish without a trace, however, we still believe someone out there has the information that we are seeking in order to solve this case," said Cst. Jennifer Smith. "We are hopeful that members of the public will continue to contact the OPP with new tips and information that will assist our investigation. No matter what information is provided by the public, I can assure it will be closely examined.

"This case is particularly challenging as it is difficult to find answers to a person's disappearance when they have literally vanished without a trace. We are confident someone knows something that can assist OPP and we encourage anyone to come forward."

The investigation remains active and is ongoing. 

"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," adds Smith.

Anyone with any information regarding Melanie should immediately contact Detective Sergeant Lisa Laxton at: 705-647-8400 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Jeff Turl

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