To mark the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Nicole Morin, 22 Division is hosting a walk/run to help bring attention to her case and those of other missing children.
“This is to raise awareness about the case, which is still open,” said Detective Constable Patricia Featherstonhaugh, of the Division’s youth and domestic violence unit.
Funds accrued from the August 19 event will go to MissingKids.ca (Canadian Centre for Child Protection), who offer families support in finding their missing child and provide educational materials to help prevent children from going missing.
Following the walk/run, there will be a candlelight vigil for Morin, who vanished without a trace from her Etobicoke condominium on July 30, 1985, sparking one of the largest investigations in Toronto Police history.
The young girl took the elevator to meet a friend in the lobby. They were supposed to go swimming, but Morin never made it to the lobby.
Over 15,000 hours were put into the investigation, between the date of her abduction and January of the following year. Nearly 9,000 community members took part in the search for Morin that involved the creation of a 20-member task force in 1985.
The task force conducted a coordinated search in Etobicoke, using cars, horses, aircraft, dogs and all-terrain vehicles. Despite their best efforts, no trace of Morin has ever been found.
Crime Stoppers created a one-minute re-enactment that was released at a press conference at police headquarters a year ago.
The event takes place on August 19 at Centennial Park. Registration is $25 and each participant will get a T-shirt and gift bag. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and the run and walk will begin at 7 p.m.
Toronto Police officers will be on hand with displays, a DJ will entertain and there will be raffle for sporting event tickets and memorabilia, as well as other prizes.
Individuals who don’t wish to run or walk can donate directly to MissingKids.ca