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Story of Leona Brule

Leona Brule would sew outfits and toys for her two-­year-­old niece Vanessa when she had a moment free.

She was reported missing from Fort Providence, N.W.T., in March 1989. The 18-year-old had been working as a live-in nanny and traveling back and forth to Edmonton to visit her boyfriend.

Brule eventually stopped coming home to see her mom, and after about a year, her mother filed a police report. RCMP believe she was living on the streets in Edmonton in the 1990s, but she has never been found. Her case remains open.