Family of missing Canadian appeals for help


 Linnea Veinotte
Linnea Veinotte

The family of Canadian Linnea Veinotte, missing in Grenada since Sunday, is appealing for more help from Canada.
Grenada Police believe Veinotte, 36, a New Brunswick mother of two boys age five and six, who went out for a run with her dog Nico on Sunday morning, may have been the victim of a hit and run, since her dog, was found injured near the road.
More than 50 officers are involved in the search.
Members of the community have also joined the effort to find the missing Canadian, who did her postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology at Dalhousie University and was working at St. George’s University in Grenada’s capital St. George in the student learning centre. She was born in New Denmark, N.B.
Police released a statement on Monday saying Veinotte had been taken from the scene of the accident.
Sylvan MacIntyre, an assistant superintendent of the Royal Grenada Police Force, said the case is being treated as a missing persons case.
Meanwhile, Veinotte’s husband Matt is assisting the police in any way he can.
Veinotte’s father, Rev. Doug Moore of St. Matthew Evangelical Church in Fredericton, told the media the family had lived in Grenada for a year previously, returned to the Maritimes for a year, and had only recently returned to the island.
A statement released by the Royal Grenadian Police Force Monday said “it appears that both she and Nico were struck by a vehicle. Nico was left on the side of the road and Linnea was taken.”
The statement went on to say there would be “damage to the front, right side of the vehicle.
“The driver is thought to have also incurred a flat tire in the incident and would have had to change it somewhere nearby.”
Matt Veinotte said police and university security officials are helping in the search for his wife.
A Find Linnea Veinotte Facebook page has been established.
On that page, a message attributed to Matt Veinotte says his wife may have been hit by a car and that he is offering a $100,000 EC ($50,000 Cdn) reward for information on her whereabouts.

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