Paula Bali is hoping that increasing the reward offered for her whereabouts may prompt some fresh information in her missing daughter’s case, which is still open after six years.
Mekayla Bali disappeared from her home community of Yorkton on April 12, 2016. Mekayla was 16 years old at the time.
Mekayla would be 22 years old now. Paula said she can’t fully fathom having lost so much time with her daughter.
“The difference between 16 and 22 can be a fair bit,” said Paula. “I see her friends move on and grow up, [and] Mekayla’s been robbed of that and so have I.”
She was reportedly last seen at the Yorkton bus stop at approximately 1:45 p.m., although police don’t believe she purchased a bus ticket. Released security footage shows her visiting several businesses in Yorkton that day, including a pawn shop and a restaurant.
Paula has previously said that she doesn’t believe Mekayla left willingly, as she had access to money that day and didn’t utilize it. She still firmly holds that belief.