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Help find Sheryl Sheppard

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Sheryl Sheppard was 29 years old when she disappeared in early January, 1998. Days before her disappearance, she attended a New Year's Eve party in Hamilton, Ontario on December 31, 1997 with her boyfriend Michael Lavoie.  Michael proposed to Sheryl on live TV and she said "yes". After the New Year’s party, Sheryl spoke to a several people over the phone, including her mother Odette Fisher, the next day. Some time on or around January 2, 1998, Sheryl disappeared, and has not been seen since.

No remains or traces of Sheryl were found. Lavoie, who was allegedly the last person to see her, claims that he dropped Sheryl off at a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on the evening of January 2, 1998. He claims that Sheryl intended to dance at this hotel.

Sheryl's disappearance left her mother, Odette Fisher devastated, alone, and without closure. It fractured relationships of parties close to Sheryl, and impacted the Hamilton community.

We, together with Sheryl's family and friends, have searched desperately to find answers.

We want to set an example for Sheryl's case and other cold cases by providing our direct support as a community and fellow Canadians. We demand justice be brought to the family of Sheryl Sheppard.

We are seeking increased involvement from Hamilton Police on Sheryl's case. An ongoing CBC podcast by David Ridgen brought many new pieces of information and witness testimony forward. We believe that police and prosecutors should act on this information to seek answers from Michael Lavoie, the prime suspect in the case. In addition, we want to assist police to raise a larger reward fund for Sheryl and in additional searches if required.

With an increased reward (currently $50,000), we believe that those with information about what happened to Sheryl will be more inclined to step forward. We believe that those involved in Sheryl's disappearance - who still live in our community - can finally be brought to justice.

For those interested in more information regarding Sheryl's case, please go to to check out David Ridgen's ongoing investigation. 

Thank you all for your support. 

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