Anonymous donor adds $60,000 to Mekayla Bali reward fund info
It was a painful week for the Bali family which marked the sixth anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter, Mekayla. But an anonymous donation came at the right time to bolster the reward for information leading to her return, according to the girl’s mother.
Mekayla Bali went missing on April 12, 2016. She was seen in various surveillance footage in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
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According to earlier statements from the RCMP, she went to the bus depot in Yorkton and inquired about a bus leaving for Regina, but it was determined that she had never purchased a ticket. of buses.
In a statement to Global News, the RCMP said they hoped new information would become available to help them find Mekayla.
For anyone who has information about his disappearance, the RCMP asks them to call their local police department or Crime Stoppers to report the information anonymously.
Meanwhile, an anonymous donor showed up this week with a $60,000 donation to bring the reward fund to $100,000.
“The timing was really perfect with her birthday coming up and so we were delighted that some people in our community still think finding Mekayla is important and want to do their part to help,” said Paula Bali, mother of Mekayla.
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Paula said the reward fund helps raise awareness of Mekayla’s disappearance.
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“I don’t know for sure, but I feel like there may be people locally who have information that hasn’t been released. I hope this inspires them to do so,” added Paula.
Paula calls the donors “our little committee of angels” and said she was thrilled when they approached her to donate.
“We continued to try to keep Mekayla’s case alive and to bring attention and awareness to her case but (also) to missing children in this province, in general,” Paula said.
The RCMP told Global News that it does not use or manage private rewards to conduct missing persons investigations.
“This does not affect the quality or quantity of our resources to investigate,” the RCMP statement read.
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“Private rewards can be used in exchange for evidence or information that would lead to charging someone or locating the missing person. The details of the settings related to private rewards are usually decided in advance by the missing person’s family.
The RCMP said “any renewed visibility” can come “in the form of private rewards, memorial walks” and generate more tips. They follow them all, they said.
– with files from Marney Blunt of Global News
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