UPDATE: On Thursday, Nanaimo RCMP said they have recovered a body believed to be that of Makayla Chang. They are treating the incident as a homicide investigation.
Family and friends of missing Nanaimo girl Makayla Chang are marking a grim anniversary.
It has now been two months since the teen vanished under suspicious circumstances.
Tasia Meguire says being a teenage girl has never felt scarier since her friend Makayla Chang vanished without a trace.
“The sweetest person I knew and always adorable,” Tasia Meguire said while describing Chang.
“It makes me feel that if I walk around late at night by myself I could be next. I could go missing and never be seen again. Same way she has been. ”
Chang was last seen on March 17. The teenager, who was cared for by her grandmother since she was three years old, had been staying with 57-year-old Steven Bacon at a South Nanaimo home off and on for two months, despite her grandmother trying to stop it. Then the teen disappeared. Without a sighting or post on social media in two months, family and friends are desperate for answers.
“Somebody knows something,” family friend Brandy McKee said.
“Somebody’s gotta know something of this young lady. And now we’re here at two months. We need to bring Makayla home. That’s a long time to be away with no answers right?”
The Nanaimo property Makayla was staying with Bacon in, which was searched twice by RCMP, is now overgrown with weeds and bushes.
“It’s an eerie feeling for sure when I drive by,” McKee said.
RCMP insist the investigation behind the scenes is active, though they’re not revealing more than that publicly.
Meanwhile, her friends are struggling to stay optimistic.
“A lot of people are worried that at this point there’s no way we’re going to find her and if we do we’re going to find her body,” Tasia Meguire said. “A lot of people are saying that because it’s been so long.”
Meguire hopes that is dead wrong and that the friend she’s known since elementary school is still out there and somehow will find her way back home.