For such an energetic, talkative person it’s strange to hear nothing but silence from Melissa Peacock, say her friends.
The 20-year-old woman was last seen on Nov. 7 at her Dartmouth home.
Last night a large group of friends and family walked across the Macdonald Bridge, holding posters and candles in a vigil to mark the second full week of her disappearance.
“Basically we’re trying to light the darkness,” said family friend Evette Awalt.
Police say there’s no evidence of foul play and Peacock was known to take off for periods at a time. Her family and friends say she always kept in touch whenever she left and they haven’t heard a word from her in two weeks.
“There’s been some text messages the day she left, or just after she left that were worrisome,” said Awalt.
“They said she didn’t want to be where she was ‘ wherever that was ‘ and that she wanted to come home and that she was sorry.”
Although unrelated, the unfolding of 19-year-old Amber Kirwan’s homicide investigation in New Glasgow adds another level of worry, Awalt said.
“It was just recently (when we found) out about Amber’s death that Melissa went missing, so that obviously plays a factor,” she said.
A longtime friend of Peacock described the her as a sweet girl.
“I’d say she’s like me: free-spirited and carefree sometimes, and sometimes to a fault,” said the woman, who didn’t want to be identified.
“I stay positive and I know she’s fine.”