Find Nicole Vienneau
May 4th UPDATE (Morning):
Very few updates this morning. "Alqebab" has been translated to mean "the Domes", which is what beehive houses look like. Therefore we suspect it may be a description, not a specific location.
Thus, Nicole headed out to see the "beehive houses" on the morning of March 31st and did not return. Rumour puts her travelling through the area of the "Dead Cities" (local ruins/castles) and near Ibn Wardan, a local castle/citadel. These are to the north-east of Hama (or "Hamah").
We are currently looking for anyone with contacts in the Hama or Aleppo/Halab area that might know people living near these ruins, or who drive local buses or deal with tourists/backpackers.
We are also looking for any updates on whether this search has made it to the local news in Syria. Is it mentioned at all in the newspapers or on television? Contacts within the police that can let us know that they are searching for her would also be gratefully received. We're blind at this point, and the Syrian government hasn't said anything to us.
We also have "Missing" posters made up with her picture and relevant details in .pdf format. They include contact information for myself and for the local Canadian embassy staff, and are in french and english. If you are in the Hama/Aleppo area and wish to put up posters where locals might see them (we presume any travellers from late March have long since left), that would be appreciated - email me and I'll send them to you.
Here is a summary of my sister's information:
Passport name: Jacqueline Nicole Vienneau
Passport number: JP588938
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: approx 130 lb
Brown hair and brown eyes
Age: 32 (looks younger)
She had a 6 month Syrian visa # 000166020, issued Oct 5, 2006 and good until Apr 5th 2007
May 3rd UPDATE (Evening):
She disappeared on March 31st, not April 1st.
She left the Cairo Hostel to go look at some "beehive houses" which are a traditional type of housing, as well as the "Dead Cities". Apamea is not included in this trip - her journal (found on-site) indicates that she was in Apamea the day before.
She apparently disappeared somewhere between Ibn Wardan, a castle, and a place we only know as "Alqebab". We're not sure where "Alqebab" is, but it was orally transmitted and may be "Al Kebab" or something similar. Any tips on this are appreciated.
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Current Mood: worried
Current Music: Gerard McMann - "Cry Little Sister"
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