Lee-Ann Chicoine is focused on bringing her mom home after she disappeared in Carlyle, Saskatchewan five weeks ago, an investigation that still has few answers.
Carlyle RCMP said on June 18 around 9:30 a.m., 64-year-old Ruby Barnes was at a credit union in Carlyle and was reported missing 10 minutes later. She hasn’t been seen since.
Carlyle is about 2 hours southeast of Regina.
“At first you’re frantic and desperate in trying to locate her and now it’s more that you need help and assistance in all aspects,” said Chicoine.
She’s turned to Facebook to get her mom’s story out into the public eye in hopes that someone finds her.
Her family created a page called “Bring Ruby Home” where they post updates and descriptions of Barnes. Her information has been shared by people all over Canada.
They’ve also sent out a number of stickers to put on vehicles and campers. The stickers were made by Angie Cliffe from Cliffhanger Designs who gave them out free of charge.
“There’s still so many good people out there,” she said. “People we don’t even know are out there and if they think (they’ve seen) her, they’ll call it in for us.”
She said Barnes was on medication for anxiety and depression as well as a thyroid problem, which doctors took her off of shortly before she went missing.
Chicoine said her mom wasn’t feeling well at the time, which might contribute to her disappearance.
“At first we thought maybe she could have drove off on her own because she was having some anxiety and her nerves were getting bad, but at this point, after five weeks, we’re not sure.”
She said RCMP haven’t had any solid progress so far. Many people have called in saying they think they might have seen her, but it’s been found it wasn’t the right woman.
Barnes is described as Caucasian, 5’5″ tall with grey hair and was last seen wearing a black and white shirt with black pants.
She may be driving a 2013 white Ford Escape with the Saskatchewan license plate 969 KPI.
Anyone with information is encouraged to phone Carlyle RCMP at 306-453-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.