Family members of a young aboriginal woman who’s been missing for months held a press conference in Vancouver Monday to publicize her disappearance and ask for the public’s help to find her.
Angeline Pete, 28, has not communicated with her family since May, her mother, Molly Dixon, said at the press conference.
“She was always in touch with the family, especially her grandmother,” Ms. Dixon said, saying it was extremely unusual for Ms. Pete, originally from Port Hardy, to go more than a day or two without contacting her family. Ms. Dixon was last seen in North Vancouver in May and on occasion visited or stayed in the Downtown Eastside.
Ms. Dixon spoke in front of the building where the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry is reviewing police investigations into scores of missing women who disappeared on the Downtown Eastside.
At this time, there are no leads pointing to a criminal suspect or investigation, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong, who appeared at the press conference at family’s request.
“At this point, this investigation is strictly, ‘where is she, is she in Alberta, is she in B.C.?’ – because it’s been so many months now, we just need to hear from her.”
Ms. Pete was reported missing in August. Police say some information has surfaced that suggests she may have hitchhiked north through the province and possibly in to Alberta but those reports have not been confirmed.