WOODSTOCK, Ont. – Four weeks after Victoria Stafford went missing in Woodstock, Ont., her mother says she still believes her eight-year-old daughter is alive.
Tara McDonald says she’s not giving up hope even though no trace of her daughter, known as Tori, has been found since she disappeared April 8 while walking home after school.
But McDonald admits she’s frustrated the police investigation has yielded little in the way of leads.
Police say they have received more than 2,500 tips since releasing a video this week of a dark-coloured car they are calling “a vehicle of interest.”
Investigators are eager to speak to the driver of the vehicle, who passed by the abduction scene moments after Tori vanished.
The girl was seen on a surveillance video walking with a woman wearing a puffy white coat, who police have still not identified.
Police say they’ve determined the girl and her abductor were walking away from her school and toward the parking lot of a nearby nursing home.
A $50,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever abducted Tori.
A composite sketch of the woman seen on the video suggests the abductor may be 19 to 25 years old, about five-foot-one, weighing around 125 pounds, with long dark hair tightly pulled back in a ponytail.
Tori’s disappearance has also been featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.”