Authorities investigating disappearance of Quebec woman, Italian companion in Burkina Faso

Sherbrooke woman missing in Africa

Sherbrooke woman missing in Africa

The family of a 34-year-old Quebec woman travelling in West Africa fears for her safety after not hearing from her for three weeks.

She said both Blais and Tacchetto, 30, were in the habit of checking in with the families every couple of days.

In a Facebook group, the family of Edith Blais, said she and her friend Luca Tacchetto were driving through Burkina Faso when they disappeared.

The pair was supposed to stay in the capital for four or five days and possibly sell their vehicle, according to Blais' family.

"She didn't spend to eat, for a hotel, there's nothing at all", she said. They were last heard from on December 15 when Blais posted photos from their trip to Facebook.

The two were supposed to arrive in Togo to work with the tropical reforestation project Zion'Gaïa.

While many have reached out with messages of support and possible leads, she says it's hard to know what is worth pursuing.

Bergeron described her daughter as a visual artist whose "lifelong dream" was travelling to Africa.

After hearing of the couple's disappearance, Patrick Gagnon drove along the country's border with Togo and Ghana to look for any sign of them.

She said Blais lives a bohemian life, travelling often since she was 18 years old.

Global Affairs has said they're talking to local authorities in Burkina Faso, but they haven't said anything else about the case.

"We're very hopeful that we will find her and her boyfriend", she told CTV News Channel on Sunday.

It said Blais and Tacchetto were heading to Ouagadougou from Bobo-Diulasso for a four- or five-day stay, noting that a Canadian travel warning had reported a risk of banditry and kidnapping in the area.

The Canadian government warns people to avoid all non-essential travel to that country, especially near the border with Mali, Benin and Togo because of terrorism and kidnapping threats.

The pair were last seen travelling by auto in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in Burkina Faso.

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