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April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 6th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)

Just a thought...

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Hello, I've read everything you've posted here and I think you are doing a great job trying to pin point her every move. Something popped into my head because of a story I heard about years ago. Could she be in jail?...Is there any way you can check this out?... you never know, because the story that I'm thinking of is this girl who overstayed her visa by a single day and was tossed in...she wasn't allowed to contact anyone and no one knew where she was for months. Just a thought.
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From:vienneau
Date:May 6th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Just a thought...

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That is definitely a possibility, and one that we're hoping for because it means she's being fed and is alive.

Unfortunately, we now have confirmed that the Syrian police are actively looking for her, which suggests that she's not in prison. Her visa didn't expire until the 5th and she disappeared on the 31st, so that's also looking unlikely.

Thus the surreal hope that she's been kidnapped for some reason. A strange thing to be hoping for.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 6th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Just a thought...

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Regarding the jail option, I would think there is still a possibility of this if, perchance she got lost for long enough for her Visa to run out, and then got picked up by a small town police division. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the Syrian police system, but I know it is possible that other countries' police networks may not be as connected in the systems they use as the US or Canada's are, so the Syrian police who are helping in the search could simply not be aware that she is in a small remote jail in their country. (I am not familiar with where Syria stands on the technology scale in policing. Sorry to sound so unknowledgeable!)

It's a possibility. Does anyone know how the police system works there and if this would be likely or even a possibility?

Thanks guys,

Jess
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 6th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)

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Police system in Syria works in a hierarchical structure.. so if she was locked up in a smaller town division she would be transfered to a more central division all the way up until she reaches a big city.. takes time but this is the way it should work.. and it is highly unlikely that she would be kept in prison all this time without contacting her embassy.. no matter how bad her situation is, the Syrian police would never hold a foreigner that long without informing the embassy cos they know that this would cause a diplomatic crisis, which is something they're trying to avoid now since they're under the international hotspot (I'm Syrian Canadian also by the way)...

i don't know how likely this is, but the ibn wardan castle and the dead cities are not too far from the borders with Turkey (north).. don't know how far exactly (am not from that area), but maybe she was wandering off and mistakenly crossed the border to Turkey.. some of the Syrian Boyscouts did that a few years ago and they were held in detention in turkey for a while for trespassing.. I wouldn't stop the turkey channel if I were you.. it's a slim hope but no one knows...

best of luck.. we are all hoping for her safety..
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