WINNIPEG – There’s a desperate plea today from the parents of a young woman who vanished in our city weeks ago.
George and Melinda Wood are desperate to find their daughter, Christine. The 21-year-old was last seen leaving a hotel on Sargent Avenue, not far from Polo Park in the evening hours of August 19th.
So far, there are no real leads in connection with her disappearance.
Her mother fought through tears to deliver a simple message at a news conference, Tuesday.
“Christine, if you see me, if you can hear me …please come home,” she told reporters.
Christine’s father, George, said they’ve been living a nightmare since their daughter disappeared.
“If anybody has any information or knows whereabouts she is, or any little thing…please, help us. We need to know where she is.”
There have been candlelight vigils in Wood’s home community of Oxford House, Manitoba. She had been visiting in August for a medical appointment. Wood has been a student at the University of Winnipeg in the past and was deciding whether to enroll again this year.
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson says the family are very close and this is unusual. She says Wood usually speaks to her parents regularly. North Wilson is hoping Winnipeg will come together to search for Wood, like they have with other missing persons like Thelma Krull.
“They don’t deserve any less,” she says. “What happened with that massive search should be happening with this woman. It’s heartbreaking to see that it’s not.”
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection are also helping Wood’s family. They confirm police are involved in the investigation but don’t have any leads at this point.
No one from Winnipeg Police spoke at today’s news conference.