Search for Yohanna Cyr still ongoing

The authorities are digging under a Montreal parking lot for the body of Yohanna Cyr, a Quebcois toddler who vanished in 1978.

Her case is a lot like Florida’s Katheryne Lugo: Mom left her boyfriend to babysit the kid, and when she came back the child was gone and the boyfriend gave various unconfirmed stories as to what happened. One account is that Yohanna died, accidentally, during the week that Mom was gone. Another report said she was in Washington State. Mom believes she was sold, possibly to someone in the United States, as the boyfriend is a U.S. citizen.

I had blogged once about Yohanna in 2011. Her mother, Lilianne, posted a comment, but it was in French so I had to rely on Google Translate to read it. From the rough translation I was given, the comment basically said she regretted having left Yohanna in her boyfriend’s care and she would never stop looking for her daughter. This video I found is also in French and I don’t know if it had anything new.

I don’t have a lot of hope that Yohanna is under that parking lot, but I’m glad the authorities are at least still looking. I think it’s disgusting that the boyfriend never faced justice for whatever he did to Johanna, and for torturing Lilianne with his various different stories. He isn’t even named in the article I linked to (or in another one I found from the same publication, which has another picture of Yohanna and a new AP); perhaps the laws in Canada won’t allow the press to name him because he wasn’t convicted of a crime.

Whatever happened to Yohanna, I hope she turns up. And if only I had the time and linguistic capabilities to help by putting her and other Canadian children on the Charley Project website. Oh well; a person can only do so much.

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4 thoughts on “Search for Yohanna Cyr still ongoing

  1. Claudine April 30, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    In case you are still wondering, she said: “I just saw your comments and yes I have always regretted leaving my daughter with him but I was young and the love that I had for that man made me blind. It’s going to be 34 years soon and I suffer and I miss her. I will never stop searching for her.”

    je vien de voir vos commentaire et oui j ai tjrs regretter de lui avoir laisser ma fille mais j etais jeune et l amour que j avais pour cet homme ma rendu aveugle .sa va faire 34 ans bientot que je souffre et qu elle me manque je n au jamais cesser de la chercher

    • Claudine April 30, 2014 / 1:02 pm

      Correction: It’s going to be 34 years soon that I suffer and I miss her.

  2. forthelost April 30, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    Most Canadian missing persons resources offer English translations, even in Quebec.

  3. mels May 19, 2014 / 7:41 am

    hey, i’m canadian and i speak french, and i’ve been interested in missing people since i was a kid and saw posters for nicole morin. i’d like to help you add missing canadians to your site. shoot me an email if you’re interested.

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