Elgin County OPP continue to investigate the death of Sonya Nadine Cywink, an Indigenous woman from London who went missing and was found dead 23 years ago.
On Aug. 30, 1994, Cywink's body was found at Southwold Earthworks in Elgin County. Police say there was evidence of trauma to her body and are investigating her death as a homicide - reports lfpress.
Originally from Whitefish River First Nation territory on Manitoulin Island, Cywink was living in London at the time of her death. She was 31 years old.
She was last seen near the intersection of Dundas and Lyle streets at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 26, 1994.
Sonya’s sister, Maggie Cywink, has been telling Sonya’s story since her death and has not given up on finding more information about it. In a previous interview, Maggie described her sister as a gracious leader with a soft humour.
“She was very selfless,” Maggie said. “She always led people to their true self.”
Thanks to Maggie and a group of Ryerson University students, Sonya’s story has been shared with many people as part of an installation called Shades of our Sisters. The installation was recently displayed at London’s Central Library and featured such items as photos of Sonya and samples of her writing.
In 2019, Maggie intends to hold an event in London to mark 25 years since Sonya’s death. She hopes it will serve as a form of outreach, reminding people about what happened and appealing to anyone who might know more.
The government of Ontario has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people involved in Cywink's death.
Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
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