Friends of a missing woman will come together Thursday to raise awareness about her case.
42-year-old Shelley Desrochers was last seen on January 5th, 2016 and London Police have been searching for her ever since. On Tuesday, police established a tip line in the hopes anyone with information will reach out. Now friends and family will come together to continue to raise awareness about her disappearance.
“It’s probably one of the hardest things we’re going through, is not knowing,” said friend and event organizer Penny Drake.
“We really don’t know what happened to my friend Shelley, and that breaks our hearts.”
Desrochers’ supporters are meeting at 271 Hamilton Road at 1 p.m., where they have organized a walk and balloon release starting at 1 p.m. The balloons will be purple and white, with information tags about her disappearance.
“We hang on to hope that Shelley will have a safe return home,” said Drake.
“We just want to make sure that people don’t forget about her, that she’s not forgotten about, she’s dearly missed and loved.”
Desrochers was said to have been last seen in the area of Ernest Avenue and Bradley Avenue around 2 p.m. on January 2nd, 2016. She was first reported missing to police on January 21st.
After investigation, police said they believed Desrochers was actually last seen on foot in the area of Hamilton Road and Rectory Street around 10 a.m. on or about January 5th. Police said investigators became concerned for her welfare after she failed to access a bank account as anticipated on Jan. 29.
As of February, police officials said members of the Criminal Investigations Division had devoted in excess of 1,000 hours investigating Desrochers’ disappearance.
Desrochers is described as white, five-foot-two, 141 pounds, with straight, long brown hair, a tattoo of a rose on her left upper arm and another of a heart on her right upper arm. She also has a distinctive walking style, described as “pigeon-toed” by police.
If you have any information regarding Shelley Desrochers, please call the dedicated tip line at 519-660-5842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.