Mackenzie Lee Trottier’s family is holding out hope for her safe return home.
She was last seen a few days before Christmas in Saskatoon, and the anxiety of not knowing where she is or whether she’s OK is taking its toll, said her father, Paul Trottier.
“It’s a very stressful time,” he said.
Mackenzie, 22, was last seen by family in the 300 block of Trent Crescent on Dec. 21, 2020, according to a news release issued by city police on Jan. 15. Police and her family are concerned she may be in a vulnerable state, it said.
Her family and people close to them plan to use billboards to raise awareness about her disappearance. More than 750 posters have been distributed in Saskatoon and family members are searching for her there and handing out flyers, Paul said.
Friends of the family have created a Facebook page, FindMackenzieT, to share information and raise money for the billboards.
“We are very fortunate in so many ways to have so many people that love and care for us,” Paul said, expressing gratitude for the people who have stepped forward to help or send messages of support as they cope.
Police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards said on Tuesday that police continue to actively investigate Mackenzie’s disappearance and want to hear from anyone who may have seen or spoken to her since Dec. 21.
Mackenzie is described as five feet tall and 145 pounds, with blonde, medium-length hair that is shaved on the right side, green eyes, a fair complexion, broken front teeth and a tattoo on her right ankle. Police say she is known to usually wear heavy makeup, black yoga pants, a heavy green jacket and carry a large purse.
Her father described her as a lover of animals, someone who is kind, gentle, smart and a sister, daughter, niece and friend to many — “and she’s loved.”
He said he has one simple message to convey to her:
“You’re loved. We’re here for you.”