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Sudbury father turns to TV show in search for daughter

After months of searching for his 16-year-old daughter Meagan, Sudbury resident Marc Pilon has accepted the help of a television show Last Seen Alive, which airs on the the Investigation Discovery channel.

Teenager Meagan Pilon has not been seen by her family since September

Marc Pilon accepted the help of a television show called Last Seen Alive as he continues to search for his missing 16-year-old daughter Meagan Pilon. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

After months of searching for his 16-year-old daughter Meagan, Sudbury resident Marc Pilon has accepted the help of a television show Last Seen Alive, which airs on the Investigation Discovery channel.

Meagan Pilon, 16, has not been seen by her family since September. (Facebook/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sudbury)

Pilon has been looking for Meagan with Sudbury police since she disappeared in September of last year.

A crew came to Sudbury and hired a private investigator to work on the case, Pilon said. He is worried his daughter has been lured into the world of drugs and the sex trade.

"I suspect she hid everything from me," he said. "The last time we talked she was all happy to start school and everything, and the next day, that was it. [She was] gone."

Pilon said he believes his daughter is still somewhere in the northeast — possibly the Espanola area — and his search will continue until he knows she is safe.

"I want to know that she is safe, that she isn't being controlled," he said. "Finding her dead, [that’s] every parent's worst nightmare. That's the worst fear."

'It breaks my heart'

Meagan Pilon's used to play in Joel Mackey's music program for at risk youth. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

Joel Mackey has also been following the search for Meagan closely. She spent several years in his youth music program called Sudbury Youth Rocks.

"It's just something you would never think would happen in Sudbury," he said. "The thought of any child getting into prostitution and the heavy drugs … breaks my heart."

Mackey said he hopes the television program will bring attention to the case.

Pilon said the show featuring his daughter has now aired in the U.S. and it is expected go to air in Canada this fall. 

Anyone who has seen Meagan Pilon is asked to call Sudbury Police.

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