Reward for Missing Quebec Child Expires Tomorrow

May 30, 2008

Cedrika Provencher, Missing ChildA $100,000 reward for information about missing child Cédrika Provencher, 10, who disappeared on 31 July 2007, will be cancelled as of June 1 by Québec provincial police. The missing Trois-Rivières girl vanished while on a bike ride, reportedly after a man asked her to help him find his dog. Later, her bicycle and helmet were found abandoned. Several other girls said a man also asked them for help in finding his lost puppy. Cédrika’s case generated national interest in Canada. Police have decided that the reward is no longer relevant in generating leads. At one point last fall, 50 investigators were working the case, including 30 in the Trois-Rivières area and 20 across Québec.
Red Acura Sought in Cedrika Provencher DisappearanceThe suspect has been described as a French-speaking, white 30 to 40-year-old male with a medium build, average height and light brown or chestnut-brown hair, who drove a four-door red Acura dating to 2002 to 2004, which had a beige interior and chrome door handles. He was wearing Bermuda shorts, a short-sleeved T-shirt and sandals on the day Cédrika disappeared. Police say the case is still active and that they’re following leads.

Sun Youth, a Montreal charity, collected the reward money, which generated thousands of phone tips last fall, including a sighting which police described as credible in which a witness said Cédrika was seen with a man in the Gaspé area of Québec; however, there was a delay in calling police and the man and child disappeared. Tommy Kulcyzk, a Sun Youth spokesman, said that money given to the fund will be returned to donors.

Information about Cédrika was disseminated throughout Canada and the Eastern United States. If you see Cédrika, call 1-800-659-4264.

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