The father of a young woman wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for murder says he has no idea where his daughter is, and he fears she might be dead.
David Shephard, the father of Marissa Shephard, spoke to Global News on Wednesday. He said he has not heard from Marissa since Dec. 12.
He said his “worst fear” is that his daughter “is no longer with us, that she is dead.”
“My biggest concern is that nobody has heard from her since Dec. 17, and that is totally uncharacteristic for my daughter,” he said.
Marissa Shephard, who is still at large, is one of three suspects in the murder of Baylee Wylie, who was found in a burned out home in Moncton in December.
David Shephard believes if his daughter is alive, she is scared, and he is pleading for her to reach out to him directly.
“Marissa, you need to give me a call. You need to tell me where I can come and pick you up and we need to have a talk, and I promise you that I will do everything in my power to make sure that you are treated with respect, dignity and justice,” he said.
He said that he is co-operating fully with police as they look for his daughter. He added that he came to New Brunswick from Ottawa in late December to help in the search.
Shephard said he does not know the circumstances of Wylie’s death, but described the situation as “extremely tragic for his family” and offered his condolences.
For his daughter, Shephard said the message is simple.
“I would explain to her that she needs to come forward and she needs to get representation and she needs to address the charges,” he said.
Shephard’s mother Christine Carson told Global News she hasn’t seen or spoken to her daughter since before Christmas.
When asked if she wanted to say anything to the public, or to her daughter, she said, “That I love her.”
She also said her daughter’s account of what happened on Dec. 17 will be heard once she is found.
Carson added that she has been taking care of Shephard’s young son since before Christmas, when she last saw her daughter.
Tyler Noel and Devin Morningstar have both been arrested and charged with murder in the death of Wylie.
Police believe he’d been hiding out in a small home in Elgin.
Another teen, 18-year-old Zachary Holden, was arrested in the home it’s believed Noel was hiding in and charged with accessory after the fact.
Police continue to search for Shephard, who is the only remaining suspect in the murder that is described as being, “extremely violent.”
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