Son pleads for missing mother's safe return
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 5:54PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012 6:27PM AST
Help has arrived in the search for a 56-year-old woman who disappeared from a special care home in New Brunswick.
Members of the Tri-County Ground Search and Rescue are scouring the woods in Bouctouche, close to where Murielle Leger was last seen.
Leger’s son, Andy Hoffman, arrived in the community today from Boston and is making a plea for his mother’s safe return.
He received word of his mother’s disappearance Monday.
“You know, we’re keeping hope alive,” says Hoffman. “The family is hanging in there.”
Roughly 20 members of the search team are on the scene. They recently arrived in Bouctouche from Sackville, where they were involved in the search for missing Mount Allison University student Christopher Metallic.
Now they have re-grouped to help find Leger, who was last seen at the home Friday.
She has been living at Foyer Joe for nearly a year and told workers she would be staying with family for the weekend.
She was reported missing Monday after her family called the home to check in on her.
Leger had been asked to move out of the home by the end of December, but the reasoning behind that request has not been released to the media.
“We’re trying to finalize exactly where she was last seen and what we have for intelligence about where she was walking, or which direction she was headed at that time,” says Landry.
A number of tips of possible sightings have been called in to police since Leger was reported missing and investigators are checking into each one.
“At the moment we’ve directed Ground Search and Rescue, Tri-County, to come and assist us to recover the area where Ms. Leger might be,” says Landry. “Right now we’re searching in behind the Clement-Cormier School.”
Hoffman says he is grateful so many people are pitching in to help find his mother.
“Thank you, we really appreciate all the leads that have come in,” says Hoffman. “If you know of my mother’s whereabouts, please contact the local authorities as soon as you can.”
The owner of Foyer Joe has declined comment on the situation.
She is described as a white woman with blond, shoulder-length hair. She is five-foot-one and weighs 115 pounds.
She was last seen wearing a black skidoo jacket with yellow stripes, jeans and brown boots.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the RCMP at 1-888-506-RCMP (7267).
Police say Murielle Leger left the care home in which she was staying sometime after 5 p.m. Friday. She was reported missing to police Monday afternoon.