May 1, 2014 4:58 pm

Montreal Police use hi-tech equipment to solve old missing person case

MONTREAL — 57-year-old Lilianne Cyr has spent more than half her life searching for her missing daughter Yohanna.

She was only 18 months old when she vanished back in 1978 – more than 35 years ago.

The desperate mother is confident the mystery will soon be solved.

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Last month, Montreal Police searched a municipal parking lot in St-Laurent.

With the assistance of geophysics engineering students from the Ecole Polytechnique, they used sophisticated radar equipment to scan under the surface of the parking lot.

Police believe Yohanna Cyr may have been buried in a metal breadbox.

Back in August 1978, the parking lot was an empty field and was located a short distance from Lilianne Cyr’s former home on Rochon Street.

“It’s the first time in Quebec this equipment gets used to conduct this type of test,” Cmdr. Dominique Verret told Global News.

“The information was there 35 years ago, but at that point we did not have the equipment to do the tests we are now doing.”

Though she’s always held out hope of one day finding her daughter alive, the mother is now hoping for closure.

“I hope they find something,” Lilianne Cyr said.

“People will think maybe she is talking like that, but there has to be an end one day, I want that to end now.”

Results of the tests are expected next week.


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