Reward tripled for information about Quebec woman missing since 2008
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MONTREAL — The parents of a Quebec City woman who mysteriously vanished nine years ago appealed to the public once more on Thursday to help them know what happened to their daughter.
Marilyn Bergeron was 24 when she disappeared on Feb. 17, 2008, from the family home in the Quebec City area.
She had just returned to live with her parents after living in Montreal for three years and was struggling emotionally with something, her parents said.
Bergeron promised to explain the circumstances fully to her family but, just one day later, she left on foot from the residence and disappeared.
At a news conference in Montreal on Thursday, Bergeron's mother had a message for her daughter.
"We love you, we're waiting for you with open arms and we miss you so much," said Andree Bechard.
After leaving her parents' home, Bergeron was seen using a bank machine in Quebec City's Loretteville district and at a coffee shop in the St-Romuald district of Levis, just across the river from the provincial capital.
She was alone during both sightings and Quebec City police haven't been able to establish what happened to her.
Her parents travelled to Montreal for the announcement that a reward for information has been tripled to $30,000 from $10,000.
They are specifically asking for help from Montrealers who might have known their daughter and have information about the circumstances leading up to her disappearance.
They've also hired Marc Bellemare, a high-profile lawyer and former Quebec justice minister, to field calls confidentially.
"There are certainly people who know things about what happened to Marilyn," Bellemare said. "What we want is to find Marilyn. That's our goal."