Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vigil for Claudette Osborne-Tyo

On January 23 family and friends of Claudette Osborne-Tyo gathered in Winnipeg's north end to pay tribute to the missing woman.

It's been two-and-a-half years since the mother of four vanished from Selkirk Avenue and King Street in the early morning hours of July 23, 2008. Her family is still hopeful that they will find answers about her whereabouts and her disappearance.

"We won't give up," said Osborne-Tyo's sister, Bernadette Smith, to the small group of supporters and media huddled outside of a Selkirk Avenue Church.

Fat snowflakes fell as Osborne-Tyo's mother prayed for her lost daughter and the nearly 80 other Manitoba women who have disappeared. The grief-stricken woman wept as she described her need to hear her daughter utter the words 'mom, I love you' once again.

Osborne-Tyo's fiance, Matt Bushby brought their young son Iziah, 4, to the vigil. The wide-eyed little boy stayed close to his father as supporters embraced one another and local media clamoured to get shots of the emotional moments.

Bushby said it was important for his children to pay tribute to their mother so that they don't forget her. He said their children, Layla, Iziah and Patience still ask about Osborne-Tyo every day, and every day he tells them how much she loved them and how she would be with them if she could.

Claudette Osborne-Tyo has been missing since July 23, 2008. Anybody with information about her disappearance or whereabouts are asked to call the Winnipeg Police Missing Persons Unit at (204)-986-6250.

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