A family's 'mixed emotions' as tip prompts new search for Quebec teens
Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander disappeared in 2008, new search began Monday, ended Wednesday
New information received by police in the 2008 disappearance of two Indigenous teens has led homicide investigators to conduct a search at the Kitigan Zibi reserve in Quebec, leaving her family with "mixed emotions."
Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander disappeared after planning to go out dancing one September night in 2008. They were 16 and 17 at the time, respectively.
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Their belongings were found the next day at the home, but Alexander and Odjick weren't there — and haven't been seen since.
Odjick's mother, Laurie Odjick, said police called a few weeks ago to let her know they received a tip about where the girls' bodies might be found.
"You think about the things that could have happened to her, because if she was buried there, if she was there, the horror that she might have went through," Odjick told CBC Wednesday.
Police search area around creek
Recent flooding had made the water levels in the area too high, so police told her nothing could be done until it receded.
Until that finally happened this week, the family's "nightmare" continued, said Odjick, with everyone trying to keep busy knowing that closure could be soon at hand.
"You can't get excited or sad," said Earl McGregor, Odjick's step-grandfather. "You don't pay too much attention right away."
Sûreté du Québec (SQ) homicide investigators have been in the area since Monday, searching Pitobig Creek near Paganakomin Road in Kitigan Zibi. They returned to the area Wednesday to search the ground around the creek for evidence, using a small excavator.
They're also interviewing about 20 people, according to SQ spokesperson Martine Asselin.
Not knowing hardest part
The nearly nine years since her daughter's disappearance has been "hell," Odjick said.
Now, facing a potentially grim reality, Odjick's emotions are mixed.
"You have this in your heart where you don't want them to find anything, but then as a family you want closure," she said, with tears beginning to fill her eyes.
"To actually pinpoint on how you feel. I can't, I can't describe that."
Girls 'don't just disappear'
It's Laurie Odjick's firm belief that there are people out there who know what happened to the two teens. She's imploring them to come forward to police.
"I mean, two girls don't just disappear off the face of the earth. And I'm hoping one day those people who do know something step forward," she said.
Odjick visited the site of the search early Wednesday afternoon to acknowledge how thankful she is to the team.
"My family's hurting. In a way, I just can't wait for it to be over."
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