Cédrika Provencher reward deadline extended

A Quebec lawyer has extended the deadline for a $170,000 reward for anonymous information that helps find schoolgirl Cédrika Provencher.

Lawyer Guy Bertrand offers $170,000 to help find Cédrika Provencher

A Quebec City lawyer has extended the deadline for a $170,000 reward for anonymous information leading to the whereabouts of schoolgirl Cédrika Provencher.

The Trois-Rivières girl was nine years old when she disappeared on July 31, 2007. Quebec provincial police have received little in the way of leads since her mysterious disappearance.

In June, lawyer Guy Bertrand announced he would work independently of police to search for her.

He said money donated earlier to help in the search would be offered to anyone who came forward with information about the girl's whereabouts, and anyone who provides him with information would not be handed over to authorities.

Bertrand said his professional privilege as a lawyer makes him the best person for anyone with information to come to, without fear of reprisal.

The deadline for the reward expired Wednesday, but in a statement, Bertrand said he needs "more time to verify, to deepen, to analyze and investigate very serious information" that was recently brought to his attention.

He has extended the deadline until Dec. 31.

Bertrand said he has the support of Cédrika's father, Martin Provencher, and her grandfather, Henri Provencher.

An earlier $100,000 reward offered by police for information about the girl did not yield any information.