‘My mother was really depressed’: Mom of a missing schoolgirl talks about her journey to find her daughter
Posted November 01, 2018 09:04:19 A mother who went to China in 2017 to search for her daughter, a missing Grade 12 student, is sharing her story.
Kimberly McLeod was travelling to China for a school trip in December 2017 when she got lost in the mountains of Taichung Province, which borders Vietnam.
She was finally able to find the girl in May 2018.
“I was just really tired,” said McLeod, who now lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.
“It was like a nightmare, and then the next day I just kind of woke up and went back to sleep.”
McLeod, then 16, said she was determined to find out what happened to her missing friend.
“We had been up for six months without seeing each other and then I finally had a chance to see her and I just said, ‘I just want to see you again,'” she said.
“And she was just like, ‘Oh, thank you, Mom, thank y’all,'” she recalled.
“My heart just went out to her and she just said it was just a matter of time.”
McLaurin’s son, now 18, was in a different family but the family met at a conference, and McLeod’s mother was able to give him a place to stay.
She said the next morning he was in bed with her crying, but that day was the first time she ever met her missing daughter.
“There were a lot of tears and a lot [of] anxiety because she was in such a bad place,” she said, adding that the rest of the family felt “lost and alone.”
“She just wasn’t there.”
McClaurin and her husband travelled for three days, but the search eventually led them to the Taichong city of Taitung, which was where she was staying.
“After the first two days we were just kind.
We were trying to do our best, trying to keep our spirits up,” she recalled, adding they finally got a call from a friend who had met McLeod and her family.”
They had just gotten to know the family and they were just really relieved that they could find her.”
McCrane said they didn’t know what they were missing until after they were reunited with McLeod.
“She was so upset that they had been so hard on her and just wanted to get back to her,” she explained.
“You think about the little things that we’ve missed and the little bits of information that she kept missing.”
McChrane said they were overwhelmed with the response she got when they reached out.
“People from all over the world just kept coming in, all the support that we had,” she added.
McCrone said they eventually found the girl, but it was at the hospital where McLeod learned of the circumstances of her daughter’s disappearance.
“That’s where I knew she was, that she was missing,” she admitted.
McChorne said she also found a lot more in common with the missing students in China than the students of North America.
“A lot of the kids that were missing were not really that well educated.
They were probably in the middle of their school year, and they had little opportunities to find a job,” she told CBC News.”
In China, you don’t really have that, you just get told, ‘Go and get a job, you can do this,'” she explained, adding she believes in education.”
The family has been in touch with the family of another missing student who had been travelling to Beijing and is expected to make an announcement on Friday.”
But then at the same time you’ll be able to do this.”
The family has been in touch with the family of another missing student who had been travelling to Beijing and is expected to make an announcement on Friday.