Posted by Joshua on Friday, November 2nd, 2007
Matthew Vienneau, whose sister disappeared near Hama in March has asked me to post this note he recently sent, asking for any information about his missing sister.
Hello Mr. Landis,
My name is Matthew Vienneau and my sister Nicole disappeared while on a day trip from Hama, Syria back on March 31st. She was staying at the Cairo Hotel and left her belongings in her room – hotel staff have indicated that she was asking about the Beehive Houses and how to get to Qasr Ibn Wardan.
My mother and I have each travelled to Syria and met with officials and visited Hama. My mother met with the Interior Minister, and we both met with the mayor and leaders of Hama. The Syrian police and officials have been very willing to help and volunteers in Syria report back that they are working hard to find Nicole. Unfortunately, we have found no clues.
I have continued to search via the Internet, trying to find leads and reach people who might have met with Nicole during her travels. Our official website is www.findnicolevienneau.com and my personal blog is http://vienneau.livejournal.com/39588.html. Our search has been covered extensively in the Canadian and Syrian press, but has not been mentioned in the United States or elsewhere in the world.
I was hoping that you might be able to offer us some advice on how to best continue our search. We seemed to have reached a dead end and we are becoming desperate for any kind of answers or clues. Many have suggested that the police or military may be involved (possibly an accident or random encounter with a lone soldier), and others state emphatically that Syria knows what has happened but refuses to tell us (possibly due to embarrassment, possibly due to bad relations between Syria and Canada). We have no way of investigating these options, and we suspect (hope?) that they are not true – the officials in Syria seemed very sincere in their efforts and concern.
Hopefully Nicole, or at least some hint of what happened to her, will be found soon so my mother can begin the healing process.
Thank you for your time, and if there’s anything you can think of that might help or be worth investigating on our end, it would be greatly appreciated.