Nova Scotia

$150K reward for help on missing Dartmouth woman

Nova Scotia is offering a $150,000 reward for help solving the disappearance of a Dartmouth, N.S., woman.

Melissa Peacock may have met foul play, police say

Melissa Peacock, seen here in family photos, has been missing since November. (CBC)

Nova Scotia is offering a $150,000 reward for help solving the disappearance of a Dartmouth, N.S., woman.

Melissa Dawn Peacock has been missing since she left her home in Dartmouth on Nov. 7, 2011. Police now believe she fell victim to foul play.

On Friday, the Department of Justice added her name to the list of rewards for major unsolved crimes. The money is available to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for her disappearance.

The police investigation so far has traced her movements from her home to the Gore area of Hants County and she was last heard from at about 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 8.

She was reported missing on Nov. 9. She has not been in touch with friends or family and her Facebook and phone account have not been active.

"The RCMP and the Department of Justice urge anyone with any information related to Melissa Dawn Peacock's disappearance to please come forward," Justice Minister Ross Landry said in a release.

"We all share a responsibility in terms of building safe communities, and no information about this case is too trivial."

Anyone with information can call 1-888-710-9090.

There are 62 cases in the rewards program.

Mother asks for help

Peacock's mother, Ruth Slauenwhite, said her daughter left Nov. 7 saying she would not be gone long. She has not heard from her since.

"It was the last time I heard her say, 'I love you,'" she said. "This is completely out of character."  

Slauenwhite said she knows people have information about what happened to her daughter and asked them to "do the right thing" and talk to police.

She did not know why her daughter would be in Gore and said she was a "social butterfly" and would not just vanish.  

"Instinct tells me that it could possibly not be good. But I'm still holding on to hope. I'm always holding on to hope," she said. 

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