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Friends join search for missing woman

01/24/2012 11:43 EST | Updated 03/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Montreal police have suspended for Tuesday their search for a 26-year-old woman who mysteriously disappeared after leaving her Montreal home two weeks ago.

Friends and acquaintances in Clémence Umugwaneza's Ahuntsic neighbourhood have joined the effort to find the woman, reported missing on Jan .11 after she left her home with no identification or money, setting out for a walk with only her MP3 player.

"She was smart!" said Umugwaneza's high school physics teacher Kassie Chim, who decided to lend a hand after hearing about the woman's disappearance on Facebook. "She had great marks. School was very important for her."

Umugwaneza was to start her undergraduate studies at McGill University this month.

Her sister, Clémentine Uwasa, handed out flyers bearing Umugwaneza's picture to drivers stopping at traffic lights on l'Acadie Boulevard Tuesday.

Uwasa said she refuses to believe anything bad could have happened to her sister, but frantic efforts to find her have turned up no clue.

"She has anemia so I thought she ended up not feeling well (and going to) the hospital," Uwasa said. "But no – I didn't find anything."

Police set up a command post with a canine unit in Montreal's Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough Tuesday, near the intersection of Charles Gill Street and l'Acadie Boulevard. Police originally set up a command post in her neighbourhood more than a week ago, and they searched Les Galeries Normandie shopping centre.

Umugwaneza is five feet five inches and weighs about 200 pounds. When she left her home, she was wearing a black tuque, and a long black coat.

Anyone with information should call Info-Crime at (514) 393-1133.

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