Saskatoon

Mother of missing Kandice Singbeil pleads for help on 1 year anniversary of disappearance

33-year-old Kandice Singbeil was last seen riding her distinctive "Cruiser Classic" bicycle downtown Saskatoon last May. No one has heard from her since.

Pauline Singbeil will be part of commemorative march this weekend

A photo of Kandice Singbeil with one of her two children. (Submitted to CBC/Jenna Singbeil)

One year after her daughter's disappearance, Pauline Singbeil said it is harder than it has ever been.

Kandice Singbeil was last seen riding her distinctive "Cruiser Classic" bicycle in Saskatoon's downtown area, last May. Surveillance footage captured her riding away. No one has heard from her since.

Video shows Kandice Singbeil before she went missing

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CBC was only allowed to record the video from a monitor, but it appears to show Singbeil biking downtown.

Now, Pauline is making another appeal to the public, asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to come forward.

"We want to keep her story going," she said. "To keep people's awareness up. We're hoping someone will come forward with information."

Pauline Singbeil has already asked for the public's help, speaking at a police news conference in December.

Now, she is hoping a march through the streets of downtown Saskatoon on Saturday night will help shake loose any information that might be hidden.

Kandice Singbeil went missing on May 25, 2015. (Facebook)

'She loves her kids'

Singbeil said she knew the situation was serious when she didn't hear from Kandice after two weeks. She said it was very uncharacteristic of Kandice to not call her, especially to check on her two children.

"She loves her kids," she said. "Very kind hearted. Would always help people. She always had a very giving heart."

Singbeil's with one of her children. (Submitted by Jenna Singbeil)

Explaining the situation to Kandice's nine-year-old son has been one of the most difficult parts of the experience.

"Trying to prepare him for whatever we have to prepare him for is very difficult," she said. "We've tried to keep him in a bubble, but we can't anymore."

Pauline said her goal right now is to take things day-by-day.

"Sometimes it's minute-by-minute," she said. "I go forward for the kids."

Police not any closer to finding Singbeil

​Acting Staff Sgt. Tyson Lavellee told reporters on Thursday they still believe there are people out in the public that have information about Singbeil and her whereabouts. Police are encouraging those people to come forward. 

"This case is unusual," Lavellee said. "We believe this is a suspicious disappearance. Someone just doesn't vanish with two children, a nine-year-old boy and a now one-year-old daughter with family and friends that love them."

Acting Staff Sgt. Tyson Lavallee says the Saskatoon Police Service isn't any closer to solving the missing person case of Kandice Singbeil. (Don Somers/CBC)

In December, police released video of Singbeil riding her bike downtown. Since then they said they've received a number of tips, but none of them turned up any new information about the missing woman.

Lavallee said the missing persons task force has not stopped working on the case and the missing person liaison has stayed in contact with the family throughout the investigation. He expects the liaison to be present for Saturday's walk. 

While the police have interviewed persons of interest, Lavallee said they still haven't excluded anyone from the investigation, and they're still hoping to talk to everyone who knew Singbeil because any little information can help solve this case. 

"We're hoping this weekend could serve as a reminder, Kandice has a family and friends and any information they have is important," he said. 

The march will be held Saturday, May 28, starting at 7 p.m. CST at the Saskatoon Police Service's downtown headquarters. It will end at River Landing.

With files from CBC's Devin Heroux

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