12/08/2015 12:43 EST | Updated 12/08/2016 05:12 EST

New Brunswick Woman Disappeared In Grenada While Jogging


ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada— Police and community members were searching the small Caribbean island of Grenada on Tuesday for a missing woman from New Brunswick who disappeared while out jogging with her dog.

Assistant Supt. Sylvan McIntyre of the Royal Grenada Police Force said several specialized units were involved in the search for Linnea Veinotte, who was reported missing at about 8 a.m. Sunday.

"We have expanded the search area throughout the length and breadth of Grenada, so every division and every force are involved in the search,'' he said in an interview from the capital of St. George's.

"We are hopeful that the person is found and found alive.''

McIntyre said the family dog was found lying on the side of the road after being struck by a car and they believe Veinotte was taken by someone driving a dark coloured vehicle. Police said the dog later died.

He said the 36-year-old mother of two young children was jogging in what he described as an affluent neighbourhood of St. George's.

Police say a witness reported hearing a loud bang and officers found blood at the scene near where the dog was discovered. A black bandana, sunglasses and broken glass were also found at the site, police said.

"We cannot say at the moment that she was hit,'' he said.

A short time later, the witness said they saw a navy blue car drive away with what appeared to be a flat tire. They provided a partial licence plate number, but McIntyre said it hadn't produced any leads.

McIntyre said they have received tips, but that none had helped locate Veinotte. He says the car would have damage to the front, possibly from hitting the dog.

A Facebook page dedicated to finding Veinotte says she was born in New Denmark, N.B., and has a home in Nova Scotia but was working at St. George's University.

McIntyre said Veinotte's husband was working with police to help find his wife. The page includes a post from Matt Veinotte offering a reward for information that could help in the investigation.

"I am offering $100,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of my wife!!!!'' it states.

"Please keep looking everywhere and forward this to everyone you know. ... I need her back.''