12/10/2015 12:16 EST | Updated 12/10/2015 12:59 EST

Maggie Burke Vanished In Edmonton 11 Years Ago. Police Are Looking For New Leads.

Edmonton Police Service

EDMONTON — It's been 11 years since an Edmonton woman went to meet a friend and never came home and police are looking for fresh tips to help solve her disappearance.

Maggie Burke was 21 when she disappeared on Dec. 9, 2004, north of the city's downtown.

Burke was a sex-trade worker and police suspect foul play.

Crime Stoppers has put up a billboard in the spot where she was last seen in the hope it might trigger someone's memory.

Marie Burke says her daughter had addictions problems, which left her vulnerable.

She says she hopes an inquiry announced by the federal government into missing and murdered aboriginal women will provide her with some answers.

Burke says she takes some comfort from the billboard going up.

"It's been a nightmare, a nightmare that we haven't really been able to wake up from. The one thing I'm grateful about (is) the billboard being up ... because it's made it very real for us, that it's taken seriously.''

Wednesday was the first time Burke has spoken to the media since her daughter vanished.

"I'm doing this today because I want her daughter ... to know that we are doing everything that we can — and we will continue to do everything that we can — to find her mother,'' she said.


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