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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:July 29th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)

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Hi Matt, I can feel the sadness in the latest post and my heart goes out for you...I've got some ideas.

I think the only person you can trust to get things done (following up leads etc.,) is only yourself. Why not just pack up and spend a year or two over there? Learn the language, culture and get further contacts in the country to help you.

The major news companies will pick up this story in time, as at the moment they maybe view the story as "Experienced traveller goes missing/runs away to country that's not well known". The news story should be about you and your family's efforts in finding your sister and doing everything you can to find her...gives the story a different spin, which they would be interested in.

Also, to those saying how safe Syria is, not kidnapped etc., the country might be safe but it only takes one individual with a warped mind to go against the norm.

Reading from the diary, it seems she frequently took car lifts - wouldn't it be safe to say that she would of taken another car lift than say walking along the street where more people could of recognised her and helped with this inquiry.

Don't the police have a list of suspects or have they not determined this is a criminal case?
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From:vienneau
Date:July 29th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure heading over there for a year or two would work out too well. Not only would my mom lose two kids, I would lose my job, make life difficult for my live-in girlfriend, and risk it all being for nothing if she's not found or is no longer alive (which, unfortunately, is very likely at this point).

Gary looks like he may go this route, and I worry what it will do to him. Nicole would not have wanted us to ruin our lives if she cannot be rescued.

Nicole would only hitch a ride if necessary - she preferred not to do that for safety reasons. So if there's a site you can only access by car, and hitching is an option over "expensive" cab rides, she would consider hitching. The in-town walk is only 10 minutes, so there's no reason for her to hitch to the bus station. She might have hitched all the way to one of the sites, but she would have had to have arranged it ahead of time or negotiated with someone at the bus station in Hama. She wouldn't have accepted a random car on the street with an offer for a ride, and they would have no way of knowing where she wanted to go so it would look suspicious.

Maybe she stopped to buy fruit/water and the vendor was chatty and knew someone going that way who turned out to be bad? That's a scenario that just struck me. But again, it involves two people, spur of the moment decision to perform a criminal act, and no witnesses. Tricky to pull off.

The police have no suspects that they've told us about. There are no clues to lead us to suspects, unfortunately.
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Date:July 30th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)

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Or perhaps it was the vendor himself who offered a ride and then hurt her. Do you know where she got the fruit and water from (or other stuff she may have bought)? Do you know if the police investigated these people?
He would have to be someone with a car/truck who was not around on March 31. It could also be more than 1 person.
Syria is a safe place, but there are bad people everywhere in the world and single women are the most vulnerable.
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From:vienneau
Date:July 31st, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)

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Unfortunately no, we don't know where she might have stopped for fruit and/or water - there are many places on almost every block, and she might have stocked up the night before. Unfortunately, even when I was there only six weeks after she had disappeared, no one remembered seeing her in their, or anyone else's, shop.
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