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Yellowknife woman now missing for a year

It's been one year since 22-year-old Angela Meyer of Yellowknife went missing from her family's home after stepping outside to have a cigarette.
CBC North's Richard Gleeson reports on how Angela Meyer's family is coping a year after her disappearance. 2:29

On Nov. 27 of last year, 22-year-old Angela Meyer stepped outside her family’s home in Yellowknife to have a cigarette. She hasn't been heard from since.

Dean Meyer, Meyer’s father, said he believes someone out there knows what happened.

Angela Meyer, 22, of Yellowknife went missing Nov. 27, 2010. She is described as five feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds. (CBC)

"We're just hoping that person will do the right thing and come forward and let us know where she is," he said. "We're not interested in pressing charges — I don't care about any of that — we'd just like to get our daughter, know where she is."

Dean Meyer said a year hasn't softened the blow of his daughter's disappearance.

"It seems like it was last week. My feelings haven't changed. We still look out the window every once in a while. I see somebody walking down the street that kind of looks like her, and I stop. So I don't know, this time thing really hasn't done anything for me.

The family's life has been turned upside down since the disappearance.

"It changed in every way, I think," said Kathy Meyer, Meyer’s mother. "We're not complete. It's very difficult to talk about her being gone. We go to work and at the end of the day we come home … It's taken a big toll."

Meyer has schizophrenia and was on a weekend pass from the psychiatric unit at Stanton Territorial Hospital when she went missing.

She is Inuk and was described as being about five feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 230 pounds. She was wearing a red and black 2008 Arctic Winter Games volunteer jacket when last seen.

Despite ground and air searches, and a police dog search, the only clue that's turned up so far is a black and red jacket that may or may not have belonged to Meyer.

Her sister Candace Meyer suspects someone took her.

"Especially with Angie, she's so impressionable," she said. "You put that in the wrong hands of someone and this happens. Not to say that's what happened, but I can't help but think that all the time."

The RCMP still doesn’t have any clues to go on.

"We can't theorize on what possibly happened to her," said Const. Kathy Law, spokeswoman for the Yellowknife RCMP detachment. "That's why we're asking the public to come forward with tips. It's so tough to know what actually happened without people coming forward."

The family's plea is still the same, for anyone with any information about Meyer's disappearance to call the RCMP. Anonymous tips can be given through its Crimestoppers number at 1-800-222-8477.