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Disappearance of Shannon Alexander and Maisy Odjick


Shannon Alexander and Maisy Odjick
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Shannon Alexander and Maisy Odjick

Maniwaki, Quebec — , two Indigenous teenagers disappeared from Maniwaki, QC., just outside Kitigan Zibi First Nation.

On September 9, 2008, Maisy Odjick's family went to the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Police Department to report her missing.

On September 10, 2008, Shannon Alexander's father went to the Sûreté du Québec de la Vallée de la Gatineau police station to report her missing. The investigation revealed that the two young women were last seen together at Shannon Alexander's home located in Maniwaki on the morning of September 6, 2008.

Here's a look back at the major developments in the case:

The disappearance - September 2008

⨀ Maisy Odjick, 16, and Shannon Alexander, 17, are last seen in Maniwaki, Que. on Sept. 6, 2008, before heading out for a night of dancing.

⨀ Police publicize their disappearance when the girls do not return to Alexander's home - and her father finds their belongings there the next day.

⨀ Later that month, volunteers comb the riverbanks of the Kitigan Zibi First Nation.

One year later - September 2009

⨀ One year after the Quebec girls vanish, the families say they're heartbroken.

⨀ Maisy Odjick's clothes, her flute, her camera and treasured photos are still where she left them at the home of her grandparents.

⨀ Investigators say the search is focused in Ontario because a number of possible sightings were reported to Ontario Provincial Police.

Five years later - September 2013

Shannon Alexander and Maisy Odjick Vigil
Family members of the missing teens say the vigil on the day of the anniversary is extremely emotional as "it feels to us as if it's happening all over again." (CBC News)

⨀ The families mark the five year anniversary of the girls' disappearance with a march and vigil, held annually in Kitigan Zibi First Nation.

⨀ Maisy Odjick's mother Laurie Odjick says, while she continues to receive calls from investigators, there are no new leads. Laurie criticizes police efforts to find the missing girls. She says family members are the ones organizing search parties, because police have always thought the girls ran away.

New sketches released - September 2013

Shannon Alexander
Police released this sketch of Shannon Alexander seven years after her disappearance to show what she might look like as an adult. (Sûreté du Québec )

⨀ Seven years after their disappearance, Quebec provincial police renew an appeal for information about Odjick and Alexander.

⨀ Investigators release updated sketches of what the young women might look like at age 24.

Shannon Alexander
Seven years after she disappeared, Quebec provincial police released this sketch of what Maisy Odjick may look like at age 24. (Sûreté du Québec)

Tip prompts new search - July 2017

⨀ Homicide investigators receive new information, leading them to search a creek near the reserve. They found nothing.

The case remains unsolved.

If you have any information that could help solve this crime, contact the Centrale de l'information criminelle of the Sûreté du Québec at 1-800-659-4264.

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