‘This isn’t like her at all’: Search and rescue joins hunt for missing Queensborough mom

The search for a missing New Westminster mother has expanded Thursday, as the woman’s family continues to grapple with her unusual disappearance.

Nirla Sharma, 44, hasn’t been seen since Sunday night when she went to bed at her home in the 300-block of Lawrence Street in Queensborough.

Her daughter Vanessa says she heard the door chime as it opened around 4 a.m. When the family rose in the morning, Sharma was absent.

“It’s not normal at all. Usually if she leaves the house she’ll take a phone with her and she’ll take ID with her. She didn’t take anything,” said Vanessa.

“I just want to let her know that we just want her to come home, or if she could just call us and let us know that she’s safe,” she said through tears.

“We love her, we just want to hear from her and make sure she’s safe and sound because this isn’t like her at all.”

Thursday morning, Coquitlam Search and Rescue joined the hunt, focusing its efforts on the shores of Queensborough.

“We’re searching the waterfront areas, the north and south channels — Queensborough is bounded by water from the Fraser on those two sides — and some of the green spaces, park spaces and undeveloped land areas,” said search manager Jim Mancell.

Mancell said there were eight to 10 search-and-rescue volunteers on the ground.

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