The sisters of an Aboriginal woman last seen by them in 2008 are appealing to the public for any information on her whereabouts.
Originally from Kelowna, Robin Meise said her missing sister Andria Lucille Meise frequently travelled to places such as Vancouver, Williams Lake, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Grand Prairie, Calgary and Edmonton.
“She had a high-risk lifestyle and was into drugs and prostitution, but she was also really nice and would give you the shirt off her back,” said Robin from her home in Moncton, N.B. where she works as an Aboriginal artist. “She was friendly and shy all at the same time.”
Andria also went by Angie or Andy, and sometimes used their father’s last name which is Woodhouse.
She was born on May 16, 1978, making her currently almost 38 years old. She is five feet eight inches tall, and normally weighs about 135 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, although she changes the colour of her hair often.
In 2008, Robin saw Andria leave Kelowna to go to Fort St. John.
“The last paper record we have of her is in Fort St. John. After there is really nothing,” said Robin, noting their younger sister put in a missing file with the RCMP and in 2012 the RCMP opened one in Kelowna which was later moved to Grand Prairie.
“They took our mom’s DNA for the police file,” Robin said.
Andria had a hard life from the get-go, she added.
“Someone threw her across the room when she was three years old and she had to have surgery. She has a scar three inches below her belly button and down.”
By the time she was 14, Andria was often leaving their home in Kelowna and at 16 she was gone completely.
“When I was 23 she moved in with me for a while, we we’re pretty close. I think she turned to her lifestyle to numb herself,” Robin said.
Robin and her sister Danielle Meise are running out of options and find it difficult when people tell them they “should just get over it,” Robin added.
“You don’t want to grieve in case she’s found. It is like we are in limbo with no answers. We love her so much and miss her dearly.”
Anyone with information is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-222-TIPS (8477).