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12:22 PM - Jul 31, 2008 #21

One year on, missing girl's family won't give up
Cédrika Provencher case is still open
Jason Magder, The Gazette
Published: Wednesday, July 30
TROIS RIVIÈRES - As Martin Provencher walks down the street, a woman calls out to him from her apartment balcony: "All our prayers are with you. We wish you the best of luck."

A year after his daughter disappeared, Provencher says, so many strangers wish him well, it can take him a half-hour to go and buy a carton of milk.

"People stop me all the time," he said. "It doesn't matter where I go, people want to send good wishes. I think it helps me. I can't really get upset about people trying to cheer me up."

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Font:****Today marks one year since Martin's daughter, Cédrika Provencher, vanished from Trois Rivières, about 150 kilometres northeast of Montreal. She was 9 years old at the time.

A mass is to be held tonight at 8 o'clock at Église Notre Dame du Cap in Trois Rivières. Thousands of well-wishers are expected to attend.

Provencher says some people still call with tips about Cédrika's disappearance. Thousands of others around the world have sent their support, either through websites set up by the family and others, or by mail. Many of the letters adorn the walls of the Cédrika Provencher search headquarters, a donated office in downtown Trois Rivières, where family members go every day to work on the case.

But after a year-long investigation, it seems little new information is known about Cédrika's whereabouts.

She was last seen on Chapais St. near des Chenaux Blvd., in a residential neighbourhood of Trois Rivières, about 8:30 p.m. She was alone on her bicycle, apparently searching for a small black and white dog. Provincial police believe a man approached her and asked if she could help him find a missing dog.

The man was described as white, with brown hair, age 30 to 40. He was driving a red four-door Acura with a beige interior, chrome door handles, manual transmission and untinted windows. He was wearing Bermuda shorts, a short-sleeved shirt and sandals.

Cédrika's bicycle was found a few blocks away, propped up against a fire hydrant.

In the days after her disappearance, thousands of volunteers and about 50 police officers combed the city, nearby woods and the St. Maurice River.

Police received 15,000 calls regarding her disappearance, resulting in 4,000 tips.

While the police investigation has been scaled back and calls are no longer flooding in, the case remains open.

In recent months, Martin Provencher has travelled across Quebec, to nearby New Brunswick and even into the United States to investigate clues.

"We're all doing this full time," said Henri Provencher, Cédrika's grandfather. "We still have a lot of information coming in and people who give us possible scenarios to check. We have enough for at least the next few months, and we get new information every day.

"We treat this as a job. We have to. Otherwise, we just get too sad thinking about Cédrika."

The public's support has helped the family maintain hope, he said.

"We're pretty much certain she's still alive, and that we're going to find her," Provencher said. "Of course, we have considered the possibility (she is dead). But we feel in our hearts that she is alive and she will come back to us soon."

Police say they, too, are optimistic.

"Investigators are confident they will find her," Lt. François Doré, head of the Sûreté du Québec's media relations department, said yesterday. "We're potentially one piece of information away from finding her."
He said police don't intend to transfer the case to the unsolved crimes division, because there are still many leads to follow. A $100,000 reward offered by anonymous donors for information was withdrawn by police in May, however.

Doré acknowledged there is no way for police to tell if Cédrika is alive. "We have no facts or proof about what condition she may be in," he said.

Pina Arcamone, executive director of the Missing Children's Network in Quebec, said she also continues to get calls about Cédrika.

"Lately, we haven't had any official sightings," she said. "Most of the calls that have come lately are from psychics, or from people who have had very vivid dreams, saying they felt they had psychic connections to her."

The tremendous public sympathy expressed for Cédrika is typical of child abduction cases, Arcamone said.

"They become everybody's niece or daughter or next-door neighbour, and if the situation was reversed, you would want everybody to be turning over every stone possible and checking every alley to make sure your child is found," she said.

"I think no one is indifferent to the plight of a child, especially when we know time is a factor in those types of situations."

With Cédrika's case still garnering a lot of media attention, it will be difficult for her kidnappers to go anywhere without being spotted, Henri Provencher says.

"The person or people who did this must be tired and searching for a way for it to be over. They can call the phone numbers of the family, or police. They can leave her in a crowd, and I think she's capable enough to find us or to get help."

Anyone with information about Cédrika's disappearance is asked to call the SQ at 1-800-659-4264.




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5:53 AM - Jun 11, 2009 #22

Cedrika Provencher: The two-year search for a freckle-faced Quebec girl

Global NewsJune 9, 2009
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Cedrika Provencher's disappearance triggered a massive search.
Photograph by: (Marcos Townsend/The Gazette), (Marcos Townsend/The Gazette)Almost two years before Tori Stafford was abducted in Woodstock, Ont., another young girl went missing near her home in Quebec. Here is a look at the disappearance of Cedrika Provencher.

July 31, 2007: Nine-year-old Cedrika Provencher disappears in Trois-Rivières, Que., after telling a woman she was helping a man look for a lost dog,

August 1, 2007: Quebec provincial police find Cedrika’s grey and white bicycle behind a garbage dumpster, two kilometers from where the girl was last seen.

Police look for a man whom they believed approached Cedrika, and several other young girls, claiming he needed help looking for his dog.

Aug. 13, 2007: Businesses, organizations and individuals chip in to offer $80,000 as a reward for information leading to the girl’s whereabouts. By November, that number climbs to $100,000.

Aug. 23, 2007: Quebec provincial police say a girl matching the description of Cedrika Provencher is spotted with a man in a restaurant in Chandler, Que., more than 900 kilometres east of Montreal. Roadblocks are set up but authorities don’t find any trace of the man or the girl.

Sept. 6, 2007: Quebec police release descriptions of a car and man they believe are connected to the disappearance Cedrika. Police tell the public to be on the lookout for a white man with brown hair who has access to a red four-door Acura, probably manufactured between 2002 and 2004. They say the man is in his 30s.

Sept. 8, 2007: Authorities search for Cedrika in Fredericton, N.B., after receiving a tip she had been spotted there. A woman had told police she saw a man and a girl resembling Cedrika get out of a light-grey minivan with Quebec plates. But the woman later reveals she has never seen a picture of the missing girl.

Sept. 21, 2007: Someone calls provincial police in Quebec saying Cedrika was seen in a white car with U.S. license plates near the U.S. border. Tip leads nowhere.

Sept. 23, 2007: Cedrika’s father helps launch a song written about his daughter. The lyrics urge listeners not to give up hope. The French-language song, called Cedrika, was distributed to French-language radio stations in Quebec. Proceeds are to go to a fun set up to help the family look for Cedrika.

Dec. 21, 2007: Quebec provincial police investigate five “persons of interest” who could have been near or on the scene where Cedrika disappeared. The names of these five people are not released.

May 31, 2008: The $100,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Cedrika expires. Police decide to return the money to anonymous donors.

July 22, 2008: Francophone comic Mike Ward comes under fire for using Cedrika’s disappearance as a punch line to one of his jokes. During a comedy festival in Montreal, he joked that the provincial tax collection department would take the children of those who owe money. "Revenu Quebec, they're mentally ill. You owe them $8 and they'll kidnap your kids. They're the ones who have little Cedrika."

July 31, 2008: More than a thousand people attend a mass marking the one-year anniversary of Cedrika’s disappearance.

April 14, 2009: Cedrika’s father offers advice to the family of Tori Stafford, an eight-year-old girl who disappeared outside her school in Woodstock, Ont., six days earlier: “It's the type of situation that drastically changes your life, but the key is not give up hope, to keep up pressure on the police and ensure that they're doing everything they can.”

June 9, 2009: Cedrika’s family enlists the help of prominent lawyer Guy Bertrand to help find the little girl. Bertrand offers a $170,000 reward for information leading to Cedrika’s whereabouts. He says he’ll gather information until the end of September at no charge. He says people can provide him with information anonymously. He says those who do won’t be handed over to the authorities.

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3:55 AM - Jul 31, 2009 #24

Cédrika Provencher’s family clings to hope 2 years after disappearance
Henri Provencher is never far from his phone. He says he’s just one good tip away from finding his granddaughter.

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9:05 PM - Dec 13, 2015 #25

The SQ has confirmed human remains found Friday afternoon near a highway in Trois-Rivieres belong to Cédrika Provencher, who has been missing since 2007.

She was last seen July 31, 2007, asking people in her neighbourhood if they had seen a lost dog that did not belong to her.

Cédrika’s bike was found not far away from where she was last spotted, leaned up against a fire hydrant.

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Cédrika Provencher went missing July 31, 2007. Her remains were found in Trois-Rivières Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

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FILE - Martin Provencher speaks to reporters about the disappearance of his daughter, Cedrika, in Trois-Rivieres, Que., Thursday, Sept.6, 2007. (CP PHOTO/Ryan Remiorz)

The SQ says it was called to a wooded area in Trois-Rivieres Friday after human remains were discovered there.

Tests confirmed the remains belong to the girl, who was 9-years-old when she went missing.

"We can finally begin our grieving process," said Martin Provencher, Cedrika's father.

Her disappearance spurred the creation of the Cédrika Provencher Foundation, founded in order to make sure the little girl's story wouldn't be forgotten, and to prevent what happened to her from happening to others.

The SQ says the investigation into her disappearance, and now her death, is ongoing. The police force says anyone with information related to the investigation can contact them at 1-800-659-4264.

The SQ says they've been receiving tips from the public about Cedrika Provencher since yesterday. Number to call is 1-800-659-4264