Nova Scotia

Fears grow for missing Halifax woman

A Halifax woman who has been missing for three weeks may have been the victim of foul play, her family and friends say.
Nadine Taylor, 29, has been missing for three weeks. (Family photo)
A Halifax woman who has been missing for three weeks may have been the victim of foul play, her family and friends say.

Nadine Anne Taylor, a 29-year-old prostitute, was last seen on the evening of July 28. She was reported missing two days later.

After another prostitute was sexually assaulted and managed to escape from the trunk of a moving car on Monday, Taylor's family and friends said they became more concerned that something has happened to her.

Police said there is no evidence to suggest that she was the victim of foul play.

Gene Hape, Taylor's boyfriend, said Taylor left her apartment on the evening of July 28 to make a phone call down the street because she does not have a phone. She did not return and he hasn't heard from her since.

"I was mad at first, 'How dare you?'" he said. "Then I got worried. That's when I called police."

I know she's going to come home, Gene Hape, Taylor's boyfriend, said.
Hape said she is a good woman who has had a difficult life. He said he hopes Taylor will come home soon, but with each passing day he said he grows more anxious.

Police came to Taylor's home this week asking for her toothbrush and her shoe size, Hape said.

"She's not known for going out of the province or anything like that," he said.

"It's just rough. You hear of people going missing, like prostitutes and everything, and then it strikes home base, and it's like a volt of electricity hitting you steady in different directions."

He said he is doing what he can to keep the faith.

"I know she's going to come home, like, walk through that door one day," he said. "And I will be waiting for her."

But an outreach worker who knows Taylor said she fears the worst.

"I think she was killed," said Margot DeChenne. "It's part of the life. Unfortunately, with prostitution and drug addiction, it's part of the ends."

Police ask that anyone with information on Taylor's whereabouts call 902-490-5016.

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