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A mother's plea for help

As the victims of the largest mass murder in Canadian history are honoured, a Shuswap family is making a plea for any information on the whereabouts of their daughter.

It was in 1989 when Marc Lepine shot and killed 14 women in what has become known as the Montreal Massacre.

Vigils are being held across the land, including near Quiliqua RV in Enderby at 5:30 p.m. today.

The vigil takes on special meaning locally as police are still looking for four missing women in the North Okanagan and Shuswap regions.

Ashley Simpson, Deanna Wertz, Caitlin Potts and Nicole Bell have all gone missing from the area over the past two years.

The remains of a fifth missing woman, Traci Genereaux, were found at a farm near Silver Creek following an extensive police investigation.

The parents of Bell have made a public plea for information as they don’t want to “face Christmas without our girl.”

In a letter sent to area media, Jane and Dennis, begged for information on their daughter.

“Our daughter was last seen September 2, 2017 in Sicamous. Christmas is coming,” said Jane. “Who would want to spend Christmas wondering where their girl is? My grandchildren deserve to know one day where their mother is. Nicole’s dad and I love her and miss her.

“As her mother, I am asking anyone with information if you are holding out; to consider the three young children that my daughter has left behind. Consider our hearts at this time of the upcoming holiday season. Our daughter has been missing since September 2, 2017 and we want to know where she is or what has happened to her. If you can give one gift this season, we ask that it is the gift of knowledge. Where is Nicole? What happened to her?

“As such, we ask that you please consider giving our family the gift of knowledge. Even if you have to report anonymously. We want to know what happened to Nicole. Her oldest child knows enough to know their mom is not coming home and her other children miss her. We need to know what happened to our girl. Our family needs answers. To think of where she is, is something unbearable; that no parent should ever have to face. Yet we are.
“We plead to you. Please have compassion for us. Call the tip line and let them know what you know so that we can have closure."

Anyone with any information on Nicole is asked to call the RCMP tip line at 1-877-987-8477.  

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