November 13, 2017 4:48 pm
Updated: November 13, 2017 4:54 pm

‘Let’s go home’: Missing Saint John woman found safe in France

WATCH: After being out of contact with her family for about nine months, a Saint John woman has been found safe in the south of France. As Andrew Cromwell reports, Shannon Sullivan’s family has been concerned for her welfare after she abruptly left her Toronto job and home in February.

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A missing persons case that lasted almost a year and spanned thousands of kilometres has concluded with a happy ending.

The family of Saint John native Shannon Sullivan have spent the past several months trying to track her down after she mysteriously left her home and job in Toronto.

Earlier this month, their search finally came to an end when two police officers in the south of France spotted Shannon on Nov. 5.

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“It was dark and she was a young woman by herself,” said Terence Sullivan, Shannon’s brother.

“I had the opportunity to speak with them both when I was in France, and that’s what really drew their attention to Shannon. Over the course of the conservation, they just found that things didn’t add up.”

Terence quickly caught a flight overseas, where he was reunited with his sister in Nice.

“There’s really no words,” Sullivan said. “It’s one of those things where you plan for the worst and hope for the best, and it was the best feeling.”

Sullivan and the rest of his family organized a search for Shannon over several months, which included media attention and a Facebook campaign.

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Sullivan says even though there were some dark days while his sister was missing, he remained confident she would be found.

“When I met [her], I gave her a great big hug and I just said, ‘Shannon, I’m going to take you home,’ and she said, ‘Yeah, let’s go home,'” he recalled.

“Right now, that’s the thing that will stick with me.”

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There was concern over Shannon’s mental health after she went missing, but Sullivan said he felt his sister looked well.

“She has lost some weight,” Sullivan said. “My sister joked that [Shannon] looks like she’s got a great diet plan, and Shannon thought that was quite funny, so she’s in good humour.

“This week we’ll have her looked at, obviously, just to make sure everything’s OK.”

Sullivan says there are parts of Shannon’s story that the family still hasn’t been told.

He says maybe eventually she’ll be ready to share publicly what happened over the past several months, but that it will be her decision to do so or not.

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