Yohanna Cyr

Could this be Yohanna?

In looking for missing children who could possibly be the Allenstown child who was unrelated to the other victims, we came across the story of Yohanna Cyr, missing out of Montreal. Before we knew that the child was Rasmussen's daughter, we wondered if this could be her?


Yohanna in 1978

Reddit Summary of case

Yohanna and her mother

The man questioned in the Cyr case (Aaron Lewis aka Aaron Guay aka Ronald Guay aka Rainbow) lived in Allenstown NH at one time. Lives in Hooksett now and according to Montreal authorities, has not been cooperative when questioned.

 The most recent article on Yohanna's disappearance: (in French) October 2016

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Court: Man Knew Risk of Defending Self  Union Leader May 2, 1992

CONCORD (AP) - A man convicted of assault cannot claim he didn't have a proper lawyer because he was warned twice about the risks of insisting he lead his own defense, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Aaron Lewis, indicted in 1988, had been represented by the Dover public defender and later a private lawyer.

At his trial, Lewis demanded either a black lawyer or to act as his own lawyer. When told no black lawyer was available, Lewis asked permission to be his own lawyer and to have a standby attorney help him, the Supreme Court recounted.

The prosecutor asked the judge to make sure Lewis knew what he was getting into, saying he wanted to avoid the chance Lewis, if convicted, could claim inadequate representation.

The Supreme Court said the judge ''found that the petitioner had made a knowing and intelligent decision to represent himself'' and ''arranged for the court-appointed attorney to continue in a standby capacity.''

During a further hearing, the prosecution and another judge again raised the question of whether Lewis wanted to continue to lead his defense. The judge told Lewis: ''You have to convince me that you're doing it in a knowing and intelligent way, that you're not just not being bullheaded about it, do you understand what I'm saying?'' Lewis replied, ''Your honor, I'm not being bullheaded about it.''

The court allowed Lewis to represent himself. He was convicted by a jury.

In subsequent appeals, the Strafford County Superior Court rejected Lewis' claims that he was not warned about the dangers of self-representation and failed to get waivers of his right to counsel.

The Supreme Court agreed, saying two judges and a prosecutor warned Lewis of the risks, but his intention to proceed as his own lawyer was ''plain and unequivocal'' and that he ''knowingly and intelligently ... relinquish(ed) the traditional benefits associated with the right to counsel.''

Searching for clues in 36-year-old case; Toddler has been missing since 1978, but more recent evidence fuels hope 
Cherry, Paul. Montreal Gazette [Montreal, Que] 08 Nov 2014:

Hope turned to bitter disappointment for Liliane Cyr on Friday after a much anticipated search underneath sections of a parking lot in the St-Laurent borough turned up no trace of her baby girl who disappeared 36 years ago.

After having combed the parking lot, part of the borough's recreational centre on Grenet St., twice in recent months with ground penetrating radar, Montreal police decided to break ground Friday in the hopes of finding the remains of Yohanna Cyr, the 18-month-old girl who disappeared in 1978. Previous searches using radar turned up two spots in the parking lot, which was a wooded area in 1978, where large metal objects appeared to lie about a metre below the surface. The search was based on a tip, received eight years ago, from a woman who saw Liliane Cyr's then-boyfriend leave their apartment building with a metal breadbox on the day the toddler disappeared. The apartment building, which has since burned down, was close to where the wooded area used to be.

Cyr, who was not home when her daughter went missing, spent hours waiting Friday after Montreal police arranged to have the asphalt removed from the two locations and people assisting in the investigation dug. Unfortunately, the first spot failed to turn up anything metal. At the second, they found a steel pipe.

"It was not the answer she wanted to hear today," said Pina Arcamone, director general of the Missing Children's Network, who lent support to Cyr on Friday.

Understandably, Cyr left the search area without a comment for reporters. Before receiving the disappointing news, she expressed hope Friday would prove to be the day she could at least find some closure to 36 years worth of wondering, agony and doubt.

"It's been a few years now that I feel (Yohanna) is here," said Cyr as people began digging. "It will be a relief if they find her." 

Cyr said she had to work on Aug. 15, 1978, the day her daughter disappeared, and left the toddler in the care of her then-boyfriend, Aaron Lewis, a man from Boston she had been dating for a while.

When she returned, her child was gone.

She said Friday that Lewis later told her Yohanna Cyr had drowned in their bathtub and he buried her because he feared calling the police. She said Lewis told her this in English, which she had difficulty understanding in 1978.

According to court records, Lewis, now 65, was arrested and charged at the Montreal courthouse with child abduction after Yohanna disappeared. On Sept. 28, 1978, three weeks after his arrest, he was acquitted and released. One month later, he was charged with perjury but was acquitted again, on Nov. 16, 1978. "It was the biggest mistake of my life," Cyr said of her relationship with Lewis. She added she noticed Yohanna had a black eye shortly before she disappeared, but attributed the injury to her daughter possibly falling while attempting to walk. "I fell in love with him and it was a mistake."

Det.-Sgt. Marie-Julie Durand, a Montreal police investigator who has been working on the case for the past three years, said two years ago investigators met with Lewis, who now lives in New Hampshire, and he was uncooperative. 

The witness who came forward eight years ago approached the Missing Children's Network with the tip first. Cyr said on Friday the same woman said the same thing back in 1978, but later recanted out of fear.

"I think this shows that information can come about even years later," Arcamone said before the search ended on Friday.

"Sometimes people see things and they don't think it's important because they figure someone else already did (tell police). But then (years later) they'll see the mother or father of a missing child (in the media) and they will come forward. It has brought us to where we are today."

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