A St-Laurent family’s desperate search for missing grandmother – Montreal

MONTREAL — It hasn’t been a typical summer break for three teenagers from St-Laurent.

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Giannopoulos, 14-year-old Victoria Giannopoulos and 12-year-old Kosmas Giannopoulos have spent most of their days searching for their missing grandmother.

Sixty-four-year-old Claire Lavoie has not been seen or heard from for close to two weeks.

“If you’re watching Nana Claire, please come home, ” Victoria Giannopoulos told Global News.

“We really miss you and love you a  lot.”

Victoria Giannopoulos, the granddaughter of missing 64-year-old Claire Lavoie, pleads for her grandmother to return home on August 5, 2014.

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Lavoie lives in an apartment complex in St-Laurent.

On July 25, she told a family member she was leaving on a trip; a weekend getaway to Lachute to visit a friend.

“She doesn’t have a friend in Lachute,” said Sophie Belanger, the missing woman’s daughter.

“It’s very strange.”

A week later, Lavoie, a woman with respiratory problems, may have travelled to the Eastern Townships.

She reportedly used her bank debit card at a convenience store in Granby.

Montreal police are asking for the public’s help finding 64-year-old Claire Lavoie.

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The alarm bells really went off on Monday, when Lavoie failed to turn up for work.

“We just don’t know what is going on, there’s panic, despair,” said Belanger.

“We just don’t know any more.”

The grandmother requires medication for her health problems, and those close to Lavoie are concerned that she could be in trouble.

Lavoie could be driving a blue 2007 Pontiac G-5 with Quebec licence plate: YCB-316.

In addition to the health issue, the family recently discovered a chilling letter inside the woman’s home.

“It’s a good-bye note,” says Belanger, choking back tears.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 911.

Montreal police are asking for the public’s help finding 64-year-old Claire Lavoie.

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