Family still hopes as teens not yet found

It’s been nearly 11 months since two Maniwaki teens disappeared. Two large-scale searches — with the most recent one held in May — turned up nothing.<br />

It’s been nearly 11 months since two Maniwaki teens disappeared.

Two large-scale searches — with the most recent one held in May — turned up nothing.

Yet the family of Maisy Odjick, who disappeared along with her friend Shannon Alexander on Sept. 5, haven’t given up hope.

“We keep her in our thoughts daily. It’s difficult because there’s been no new information at all,” said Odjick’s aunt, Maria Jacko.

There’s no new information from either reserve police in Kitigan Zibi, Que., or the Sûreté du Québec, Jacko said. There hasn’t been a lot of media coverage on the missing girls, partly because “a lot of people feel the girls are runaways.

“As Maisy’s aunt, I know she didn’t run away. There was nothing taken with them at all. I don’t know how they could get around.”

While Amnesty International and Search and Rescue Global 1 — which co-ordinated the May search — said they would help again, and the family has the Missing Children’s Society of Canada working with them, Jacko believes that in general, not enough has been done.

“I strongly believe that there is not enough done for missing Aboriginal women and children,” said Jacko.

“It’s extremely frustrating. (Some people) see them as runaways not worth looking in to.”

Jacko believes the girls “were taken against their will, or that they’re in the spirit world.”

Maisy Odjick is 17 years old, six feet tall, 125 pounds with brown hair and eyes and two piercings on her bottom lip and one on her left nostril. Shannon Alexander is 18 years old, five foot nine, 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

 
 
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