04/20/2012 05:23 EDT | Updated 06/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Friends, Family Distraught At 18-Year-Old's Disappearance


Family and friends of Michelle Yu held a news conference Friday, saying they remain hopeful the missing 18-year-old will return home safely.

Yu, a student at York Mills Collegiate in North York, has been missing since Tuesday. She was last seen at a bank machine on Bay Street near Queen Street at 6 p.m. on the day she disappeared.

“The mood at school right now is one of sadness,” York Mills Collegiate principal Clara Williams said Friday. “We had an assembly yesterday, many students were very emotional. It is a very close-knit community and Michelle is a big part of it.”

Members of Yu’s family also spoke Friday. Her mother Sharon said Michelle gave no indication she had any plan to run away or intended to leave home for any reason.

Yu was dropped at school on Tuesday morning by her father, in what Sharon Yu said was a “normal day” for her daughter.

Michelle had a spare in her final class of the day and walked home. She failed to attend a Girl Guides meeting later that day. Her image was captured later on a bank security camera. In that image, she appeared to be alone.

'Every thought is just about her,' sister says

“It feels like it’s just been one long day and we haven’t been able to sleep,” said Michelle’s sister Nancy. “Every thought is just about her,” she said.

Williams implored Michelle to contact her family or one of her friends if she is able.

“If you feel you can’t call now, contact one of your friends so we know you’re safe,” she said. “We would do anything to hear from you.”

Michelle’s friends have been busy trying to spread the word about her disappearance. They have launched a Facebook page, a Twitter account using the #findmichelleyu hashtag, and were handing out posters at Thursday night’s Blue Jays game.

Yu is of Asian descent, is five feet seven inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a grey American Apparel hooded sweatshirt, brown moccasins and may be wearing glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300. An anonymous tip can also be left on the Toronto Police's Facebook page.