$100,000 Reward for Missing Quebec Girl

November 12, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Update: Sadly, the remains of kidnapped Cédrika Provencher have been discovered by hunters in a densely wooded area over the weekend, not far from where the little girl lived. The hunters came across bones, including a skull, and called police immediately. Now, more than 200 provincial police officers are combing the area looking for clues and possible forensic patterns involved in the child’s death.

Cedrika Provencher

Have you seen this child? Cédrika Provencher, 10, disappeared at about 8:30 p.m. on July 31st from Trois-Rivieres, Québec while on a bike ride, reportedly after a man asked her to help him find his dog. She hasn’t been seen since. Later, her bicycle and helmet were found abandoned. Afterwards, several other girls said a man had also asked them for help in finding his lost puppy.

 

Karine Fortier, Cedrika's Mother

According to a Montreal-based charity, the Sun Youth Organization, the original $80,000 reward offered in connection with the case will expire tonight, but has been replaced by a $100,000 reward from a private donation. Hundreds of volunteers have searched for the child and her parents, Martin Provencher and Karine Fortier, have pleaded for her return. Québec provincial police have received over 4,000 tips, but now say that they have no new leads. The suspect has been described as a French-speaking, white 30 to 40-year-old male with a medium build, average height and light 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.

A 28-year-old Shawinigan singer known only as “Stev” has recorded a song named “Cédrika,” which has been distributed in Québec to French-language radio stations in cooperation with Cédrika’s family. The song’s lyrics include the words: “Your father misses you, your mother thinks only of you. Wherever you are, don’t give up, don’t give up.” The singer, who said the song was also written in part to warn youngsters away from overly friendly strangers, commented to CTV: “I myself have a little girl who is five years old and the story of her disappearance has affected me a lot…My biggest strength is writing and music and I used that talent to bring some comfort to the family.”

Meanwhile, the residents of Trois-Rivieres are uneasy. The head of the local school board, Michel Morin, told CTV that “It’s an event that has taken on national proportions…It has created an effect of insecurity.

If you see Cédrika, call 1-800-659-4264. Her family has also put up a website to try to find her. Unfortunately, many of Cédrika’s photos have broken links which need to be repaired.

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