Montreal household nonetheless determined for solutions weeks after 17-year-old Tian Feng’s disappearance
Tian Feng, a 17-year-old boy last seen in Montreal over three weeks ago, is still missing.
His family has spent the past month desperately searching for answers, all while navigating a new country and new languages.
Feng moved from China over the summer to join his mother, Sujing Nie, in Montreal. According to Nie, her son was still acclimatizing to the city and doesn’t speak English very well.
When Feng first disappeared, she feared he was lost and unable to communicate.
Speaking to CTV News through an interpreter on Saturday, Never described the past couple weeks as unbearable.
“I’m too sad to sleep well,” she said. “I take a break for a few minutes, I wake up again. I’m too anxious.”
Feng’s routine in Montreal is steady, she said. He would go to his daily language classes at the YMCA on Stanley Street and knew his way around public transport — but he never ventured outside the classes of his immediate neighborhood.
LAST SEEN ON OCT 17
Feng is of Chinese descent, is 1.8 meters (5’11”) tall, weighs 68 kilograms (150 lbs), and has black hair with black eyes.
He was last seen wearing a black denim coat, a black sweater and black and white sneakers.
On Oct. 17, on the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and Cavendish Boulevard in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) borough, Feng and his family had dinner at a relative’s house.
According to Tricia Bartley — a community member who has devoted her time to helping Nie find her son — the family had just eaten dinner together at a relative’s house.
Feng left early to go and study for a test. It appears he made it back to his home on Melrose Avenue; signs indicate he warmed up a cup of milk for his mother in the microwave when he arrived, something he routinely did.
But Feng wasn’t there when his family came home.
He left his ID and bank cards behind. All he had was his cell phone, which is no longer traceable, presumably because the battery died.
Police obtained surveillance camera footage showing a figure resembling Feng walking along the overpass over the St-Jacques Street overpass.
He has been missing ever since.
‘THEY DESERVE ANSWERS’
On Monday, community members will gather in NDG to show their solidarity with Feng’s family.
The event is organized by Tricia Bartley, who has grown close with the family over the past few weeks.
“I tell them all the time, the community supports them. But I want them to see that the community is thinking of them, and I want them to see that we live in a good community,” she told CTV News.
Bartley doesn’t share the same mother tongue as Nie — but pain is a “universal language,” she said — especially among mothers.
Bartley says its important to recognize that, while Feng is 17-years-old, he’s still a child — and is especially vulnerable given his newcomer status.
And this status shouldn’t be an obstacle when it comes to finding him.
“[Feng’s family] deserve answers. They deserve to have their story told.”
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