Search continues for missing girl The GazettePublished:
The search for a missing 9-year-old girl in Trois Rivieres resumed in full force this morning. Cedrika Provencher went missing Tuesday evening. Yesterday, searchers found her bicycle behind a dumpster in the back of an apartment building more than a kilometre from where she was last seen. Cedrika was last seen about 8 p.m. by two of her neighbours. Before she disappeared, she had been looking for a small black dog, police said. The investigation has so far revealed the girl herself did not leave the bicycle behind the dumpster, Constable Michel Letarte said. Rather, it was placed there by a group of teens who found the bike abandoned on the street near where the girl was last seen about 8:30 Tuesday. About 50 police officers with the Trois Rivieres municipal police, the Surete du Quebec and the RCMP, as well as nearly 200 volunteers are taking part in the search today. A canine unit and helicopter have also assisted in the effort.
Searchers keeping their eyes open for a red bicycle helmet, a black and pink watch, a Star Academie lanyard and a ladybug necklace the girl was wearing when she was last seen.
Police are also checking whether there are any registered sex offendors in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call Trois Rivieres police immediately at: 819-691-2929.
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