(Source: CTV News Montreal)
Françoise Algier dropped her 13-year-old daughter, Mélina Martin, at a Fête des Neiges event in Farnham, Quebec on January 23, 2005. It was approximately 1:30 p.m. Martin was supposed to meet her mom later that day at 5 p.m. at a nearby restaurant but she never showed.
Mélina Martin has been missing for 14 years.
The Fête des Neiges was an outdoor event in and around Roch-Bourbonnais Park in Farnham, about an hour east of Montreal. It featured dog sledding and a fire pit.
After Martin's disappearance, her mother contacted the dog sled organizers and other people who were at the event, but no one confirmed seeing Martin that day.
Police originally thought that Martin had runaway and would be back in a few days. Her mother thought otherwise. She said Martin was happy.
According to her mom, Martin had checked in with her older sister to see if her older sister's children were going to the event. Martin also asked another friend if she was going. As her mother stated, "Why would she want friends there if she planned on running away?"
Sadly, in the years since her disappearance, Martin's father passed away. Her family continues their search, although never quite giving up hope. Martin's mother told reporters, "But as long as I don't have a body or bones, I won't mourn. I won't believe it"
In November 2018, a group of divers searched the Yamaska River in Farnham for signs of Martin. The diving operation was organized by the nonprofit Meurtres et Disparitions Irrésolus du Québec (MDIQ).
(Source: Global News)
Mélina Martin was born in 1992.
Age at time disappearance: 13
Eye color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Red with blond highlights
Height: 5' 3" / 160 cm
Weight: 115lbs / 52kg
Languages: Speaks French
Distinguishing characteristics: Pierced ears, pierced navel, pierced bottom lip
Last seen wearing:
Jeans with fur on the bottom, beige camisole, jean vest with fur sleeves, black coat with fur hood, white scarf and beige vinyl purse with blue star on side.
There's a $3,000 reward for information that solves this case.
If you have any information please contact:
Sûreté du Québec: 1-800-659-4264
Reference Case#: 097-050125-001
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS(8477)
Missing Children's Network: 514-843-4333
Sources of Information:
National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains:
Case reference # 2012020140
Missing Children's Network / Réseau Enfants-Retour:
File/ Dossier # 097-050125-001
The Montreal Gazette, "Missing Children: 13 years later, mom still hopes Mélina will come home," by Jesse Feith, August 22, 2018:
Global News, "'We keep hope': Scuba divers brave frigid Yamaska River to search for girl missing since 2005," by Dan Spector, November 18, 2018:
CTV News Montreal, "Cold case: $3,000 reward offered for information about woman missing since 2005," January 31, 2019: