Family of Quebec woman missing in West Africa still unsure of her fate

The family of a Quebec woman who went missing with her Italian friend in West Africa last month still does not know their fate, and say they have no evidence of kidnapping as some reports have suggested.

Sherbrooke native Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling by car in Burkina Faso when all communication with their families abruptly ended December 15th.

Blais' sister, Melanie Bergeron Blais, says in an interview the family has received no information on abduction, but adds it's a possibility.

Tacchetto and Blais, both in their 30s, were last seen in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, in Burkina Faso's southwest, and had planned to drive to the capital of Ouagadougou before crossing into neighbouring Togo.

Blais planned to volunteer with an organization attempting to reforest parts of Togo.

A Canadian government website recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Burkina Faso due to the threat of terrorism.

In January 2017, six Quebecers were killed in a terror attack in the country's capital of Ouagadougou.