On September 29, 1996, at 2 a.m., 15-year-old, Melanie Ethier left a friend’s home in New Liskeard
She was walking to her home on Wellington street, which was about 7 blocks away.
Melanie disappeared while walking home from the get-together, it should have been a simple 10-minute walk.
She has not been seen or heard from since. To date, there is no evidence to suggest that Melanie left the area voluntarily.
Numerous police officers, volunteer firefighters and citizens took part in a search of the area immediately after Melanie was reported as missing
Ground, air, canine and underwater searches were also conducted but nothing was found.
OPP have remained tight-lipped over the last 25 years, releasing next to no information about the circumstances surrounding the early morning hours of Sept. 29, 1996.
Foul play has long been suspected.
Years after Melanie’s disappearance, the OPP said a friend who was with her on the evening of Sept. 28, saw a suspcious vehicle in the area after she left the Pine Avenue residence an hour before Melanie did. Something about the car made her uneasy so she ran home.
OPP also later said a witness placed Melanie on the Armstrong Street bridge around the time she left the house on Pine Avenue, heading west.
There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Melanie ETHIER.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Melanie Ethier is asked to contact the director of the Criminal Investigation Branch of the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 705-329-6111 or their nearest police authority. Reference Case#: 96-3875
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