May 5, 2018 1:33 pm
Updated: May 5, 2018 1:46 pm

Mekayla Bali’s mom says Canada can learn from U.S. about missing child searches

Mekayla Bali was 16 when she last seen at the Yorkton bus depot in April 2016.

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The mother of a teen who went missing from her home community of Yorkton, Sask., two years ago says Canadian authorities need to do more during searches for children.

Mekayla Bali was 16 when she last seen at the Yorkton bus depot in April 2016.

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Since then there have been lots of tips but no solid leads about her whereabouts.

Her mother, Paula Bali, told a Child Find meeting in Saskatoon Friday that Canada could learn from the United States on how to handle missing children cases.

She said in the U.S. they form task forces that include members of the military, search and rescue groups and others who work with police.

Bali said there are also better supports for families looking for a missing child.

“We really need to, I think, restructure and re-organize how we look for missing children,” she said Friday.

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Bali said since her daughter went missing the family has put up more than 6,000 posters across Canada and the U.S. seeking information.

The family is also offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who finds Mekayla, who would now be 18.

Bali said she’ll be returning to work at the beginning of June after being on extended leave.

While she’ll have less time to devote to searching for Mekayla, she is not going to quit.

“I believe we’ll find Mekayla. I really do, I’m quite positive. I don’t know why, but just in my heart.”

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