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This Man’s Mother Disappeared 17 Years Ago Without a Trace — Now He’s Asking the Government for Answers

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It’s been 17 years since Linda May Scott went missing at the age of 29, and her son, Ricki Munro, wants something done about it.

On Wednesday, Munro presented the case to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Edmonton, Alta.

Scott was originally from the Blood tribe in southern Alberta, and she is thought to have gone missing from Edmonton.

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"I don't know where she is. I don't know why she is gone and she would have been a very good advocate for me," he told CBC.

Munro was blind from birth and was placed in foster care around the age of five. Now 26-years-old, he says that his grandparents’ memories of his mother have furthered his want for answers.

"To this day I still hear her voice. It's like opening a wound every time," he told CBC.

An inquiry team has been meeting with families of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Edmonton this week to register and prepare them for hearings that will take place in November. They began what they call the truth-gathering process with private discussions on Tuesday.

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Munro is just one person who has brought forth a case to the team.

"So far I've had about thirteen families come forward and sometimes it's just they want to talk," Laurie Davies, who works with the liaison unit, told CBC. "They may want help in getting police reports, court reports or death certificates or even medical examiner reports."

While officials have said that people coming to these meetings in Edmonton seem relieved, the national inquiry has been criticized for taking too long to get things done overall.

In 2014, an RCMP report indicate that 1,017 Indigenous women had been killed or had gone missing between 1980 and 2012.

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Other political figures, like Patty Hajdu, Canada's former minister for the status of women, believe the number is closer to 4,000.

The commissioners were not present at this week’s inquiry meetings in Edmonton, although inquiry lawyers and health experts were in attendance, according to CBC.

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