05/26/2012 06:53 EDT | Updated 07/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Brampton family seeks woman missing since Thursday

A Brampton family is hoping for the safe return of a missing loved one.

Daphne Pereira, 43, disappeared from her home near Williams Parkway and McLaughlin Road North on Thursday and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Her family says it’s out of character for Pereira to leave home without telling anyone.

She has a history of mental illness and recently stopped taking her medication. Her family says Daphne is afraid of people and is not familiar with using the city’s transit system.

It’s believed she took her purse with her but she doesn’t have a cellphone and it’s not known how much money, if any, she is carrying.

“This comes as a shock because she's never done this before,” her brother Franklyn Pereira told CBC News on Saturday. “So we're just really concerned. We just want her to know that she can reach out to us and that we want her to be safe."

"I think she developed the courage to try and go out on her own,” he said. “I don't think it's an abduction."

Daphne Pereira is South Asian, five foot three inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has a medium build. She has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Peel Regional Police.