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Daughters plead for mom?s safe return

BY KEITH LACEY klacey@northernlife.ca The three daughters of a Sudbury woman missing since last weekend pleaded for their mother to return home. "Mom, if you are listening, we just want you to come home.
BY KEITH LACEY

The three daughters of a Sudbury woman missing since last weekend pleaded for their mother to return home.

"Mom, if you are listening, we just want you to come home. We love you and we just want your safe return," said Jasmine Kochar, 15, who was accompanied by her twin sisters Simran and Karuna, 13, and their father, Dr. Harinder Kochar, at a press conference Friday afternoon at Greater Sudbury Police headquarters.

Daphne Kochar, 42, has not been heard from since leaving her South End home last Sunday morning, telling her three daughters she was going to do some chores.

The longer Kochar remains missing, the more concerned police are becoming, said Sgt. Bob Keetch.

"It goes without saying, the longer she is missing, the more concerned police and her family are becoming," he said.

While police have not ruled out foul play, police are still treating the case as a missing person's investigation and there hasn't been any evidence gathered to suggest foul play, said Keetch.

Finding Kochar is the police services' "number one priority at the moment" and numerous officers are working on trying to locate her around-the-clock, he said.

Dr. Kochar again pleaded for his wife to contact police or members of the family.

"Please contact someone and let us know you are fine," he said.

The missing woman hasn't contacted any family member, friend or business associate since being reported missing, said Keetch.

Her minivan has been seized and will be forwarded for forensic testing.

Kochar has relatives in Ottawa, London, Vancouver and Newfoundland and they have all been contacted to inform the family if she does make
contact, said Keetch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Sudbury Police at 675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 674-8477.

All information in this article was up-to-date at Northern Life deadline late Friday afternoon.