Missing 29 years, Toronto cops still hope to find Nicole Morin

Nicole Morin vanished after leaving her mother's apartment to meet a playmate in the lobby of the...

Nicole Morin vanished after leaving her mother's apartment to meet a playmate in the lobby of the West Mall building in Etobicoke. She was eight years old at the time, never met her friend and has not been seen since. (Toronto Sun file photo)

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:20 PM ET

TORONTO -- Nicole Morin hasn't been seen since 1985, but Toronto Police believe she could still be out there.

On the 29th anniversary of the eight-year-old's disappearance from her west-end apartment, investigators and Crime Stoppers are hoping a new re-enactment video shot last week will help spark fresh tips from the public.

"I think somebody knows what happened to Nicole that day," Det.-Sgt. Madelaine Tretter said. "Someone has the answers and that person will view the video and they will call us."

Nicole was last seen leaving her family's apartment around 11 a.m. July 30, 1985.

Police said she was supposed to meet a friend in the lobby to go swimming and was never seen again.

The video is being shown on Toronto Police and Crime Stoppers social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #findnicole. Mac's Convenience Stores will also be looping the video in its locations.

"We're using the methods that are available to us now that weren't available back in 1985, such as social media campaigns," Tretter said. "We haven't lost hope."

Investigators have cleared all of Nicole's family members and acquaintances of playing a role in her disappearance.

Tretter said police are treating Nicole's case as an abduction, but not a homicide, because they "don't want to draw any conclusions."

There are conflicting reports whether Nicole actually left the elevator where she was supposed to meet her friend, police said. A few persons of interests were interviewed at the time, but later cleared.

While Nicole's mother died a few years ago, her father is "grateful" police continue to pursue the case.

"We've seen cases in the States where people have been missing for a long time and they have been found alive," Tretter said. "We are hopeful that one day, she will be found alive."

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