April 14, 2016 4:49 pm
Updated: April 15, 2016 11:41 pm

Family of missing Markham woman makes emotional plea for her return

WATCH ABOVE: Sandy Luong, 23, left her home in the Helen Avenue and Kennedy Road area in Markham on Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m. Ashley Carter reports.

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The family of an Ontario woman who disappeared after leaving her Markham home to go for a walk earlier this week says they just want to know if she is safe while making an emotional plea for her return on Friday.

Sandy Luong, 23, left her home in the Helen Avenue and Kennedy Road area on Tuesday at about 2:30 p.m. walking west. 

The family says it is out of character for her not to be in contact with her friends and family for this period of time and are concerned for her well-being.

“It’s not like her to disappear for this long without talking to anyone,” Luong’s sister Tracy told the media in tears. “We love her very much and we just want her to return.”

A command post has been setup in the area of McCowan Road and South Unionville Avenue and a ground search is underway with specially trained search and rescue unit officers.

“Sandy, if you hear this, call me. You know my phone number. I love you very much,” said Luong’s father.

Police say Luong left home with TTC tokens and is very familiar with Toronto’s transit system.

She is also known to frequent the area of St. Clair and Caledonia area where she resided in the past for some time before moving up north.

WATCH: Distraught sister and father of missing 23-year-old Markham woman make emotional plea for help

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“If anyone thinks they might have seen her, maybe especially in the TTC or libraries or bookstores, please, please, call the police,” said Tracy Luong.

Luong’s sister said her parents are separated and that Sandy spends time living with her mother or father.

“We understand she said she was going for a walk and after that we haven’t heard from her,” she said. “I’m not sure exactly what she was thinking.”

Investigators are urging anyone with information to please come forward and contact police.

Luong is described as an Asian woman, standing 5’5″ tall, weighing 100 pounds, with short black hair and short bangs. She was last seen wearing a long, purple winter coat, a black skirt and black boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7541, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at http://www.1800222tips.com or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

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