The RCMP held a news conference Thursday afternoon in regards to the case of Mekayla Bali, the missing 17 year old girl from Yorkton.
Their investigation thus far hasn’t yielded any new leads, although they continue to take every tip that comes through into consideration. Some of them claim to have seen Bali in Regina, Saskatoon, and even Vancouver.
Inspector Jennifer Ebert said the most disturbing thing about this case is the fact that they can’t make any sort of timeline past April 12th, the day Bali went missing.
“The fact that a 17 year old is able to be missing with absolutely no footprint in this digital age, is very disturbing,” Ebert said “to us as investigators as well as to Mekayla’s family.”
However the RCMP maintain there’s no indication of foul play. In addition Inspector Ebert said they are still looking for a man who’s a person of interest.
“This is someone who we believe was one of the last people that is known to have seen where Mekayla was,” she said “and we need to speak with that individual.”
The man is described as being between 40 and 50 years of age, between 5-foot 10 to 6-foot 2 with a stocky medium build, dark hair, has a tattoo on his upper right arm, and a scar or scratch below his left eye.
Mekayla’s family was also at the news conference in Regina to announce a reward that’s been raised. The teenager’s mother, Paula said the reward is 25 thousand dollars, for any information that leads to the eventual discovery of her daughter. She is also grateful for the support through this difficult time.
“The community outpouring to back us on something like this is incredible,” Paula Bali said “and in a very short amount of time raising 25 thousand dollars, to us, feels momentous.”
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Mekayla Bali, contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers.