Nearly two years after Cynthia Parisian was last seen leaving a Winnipeg hardware store, family members hope the public release of security video will help finally solve the mystery.
"We believe someone has information on her disappearance," Parisian’s stepfather, Ron, said at a news conference at city police headquarters Friday morning. "We just want some answers, and anything at this point would help."
Parisian, 40, was last seen at the Home Depot at 845 Leila Ave. on the afternoon of Feb. 17, 2019. She was wearing dark clothing and a pink tuque, and is described as Indigenous, approximately 5-foot-3 with a medium build, brown hair and brown eyes.
Parisian has a family that loves her and is missing her, said Ron, accompanied by Cynthia's mother, Darlene. "She also has a grandson… that she has never met."
Newly released security video from the Home Depot shows Parisian appearing to exit the store and getting into a dark-coloured truck that had been circling the parking lot.
"The truck was in the parking lot for a significant amount of time, so it would appear to us it was perhaps waiting for her," said Winnipeg Police Service Det.-Sgt. Andrea Scott.
"What we are doing today is reaching out to who potentially was in that truck: did you pick Cynthia up? Did you provide her with a ride? We’d like to speak to you."
Two investigators have been assigned to Parisian’s file, which has also involved the RCMP and other regional police agencies, Scott said.
"We truly believe there is someone out there or a group of people who have information and we need them to come forward," Scott said. "The difficult thing with these investigations is the unknown for the family… We really want to provide the family with some answers and some closure."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Winnipeg polic missing persons unit at 204-986-6250 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477(TIPS).
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