The older sister of a Toronto woman missing for almost two weeks says she's hopeful that Catherine Currie, known as Kit, will be found safe.
An avid cyclist and member of the local Wiccan community, the last confirmed sighting of Currie, 50, was on Queen Street West and Bathurst on Aug. 14. Her older sister Jennifer Currie appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning show on Wednesday and said she suspects her sister may be in a state of emotional distress.
"She probably hungry, confused and dehydrated," Jennifer Currie told host Matt Galloway. "Kit's never been missing before, she's a devoted mother and artist. She has a cat that she adores and would never not feed."
'She's not functioning mentally'
Jennifer Currie says she suspects Kit is suffering from some kind of paranoia that may be causing her to hide, possibly in the wooded areas at the north end of the Don Valley such as Serena Gundy Park or Sunnybrook Park.
"She's not functioning mentally," said Jennifer Currie. "She's quite resourceful in the woods. She would feel very safe there."
A Facebook page created to help find Kit reports that she was possibly spotted on Aug. 23 in the area of Bayview Avenue, just south of Eglinton Avenue East. Friends and family have also started a website and a poster campaign in an effort to find her.
The family is also asking cyclists to search the city for Kit and have offered a $1,000 reward for finding her.
Kit is 50 years old, stands five feet four inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has distinctive long red hair.
Her bike — a heavy black hybrid with black fenders and a green milk crate on the back — is also missing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.22tips.com, text TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook or through the Crime Stoppers Mobile App.