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FOUND: Ottawa father issues plea for return of missing daughter as police search continues

"We just want her to come home. I miss her so much. I'm scared," says Michael Menard.

Update 04:39 a.m.: The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) says an OC Transpo constable located the missing teen safe and sound on Sunday. 

Officers would like to thank the public for their help in the matter.

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The father of a missing Ottawa teenager is making a plea for the safe return of his daughter. 

The 15-year-old has been missing for two weeks. According to the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), she was last seen around 11 a.m. on July 7, 2021, in the Heron Road area. 

"She's just a lost little girl. She needs help," her father Michael Menard tells CityNews Ottawa. "She's involved with some people that we don't think are very good for her and we just want her to come home. I miss her so much. I'm scared."

Menard says family and friends have been searching for her since her disappearance two weeks ago. They've also been trying to spread the word on social media.

"Over 4,000 shares on Facebook, a TikTok video," her dad says. "She could be anywhere right now. We're just so afraid for her safety."

The family did get an anonymous lead that his daughter could be in Toronto, but Menard says nothing has come from that tip so far. 

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) issued a missing person report on Tuesday, July 20, and Menard says OC Transpo is also helping with the search.

"They have emailed all their drivers and photo and a description," he says. "PRESTO is keeping tabs on her bus pass but it hasn't been used since the sixth of July." 

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222.

Anyone with any information that could assist investigators, but do not know where she is can contact the OPS Missing Persons Unit 613-236-1222, ext. 2355, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., daily.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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