TRURO – A Truro woman dedicated to raising awareness on global issues is missing.
Kashmala Fida, 21, was last seen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday when she dropped her mother off at work at the Colchester Regional Hospital. The mother’s vehicle, which Fida was driving, was located in the parking lot of the hospital later that day.
Fida lives in Truro with her parents and is a student at the University of King’s College in Halifax.
“This action is out of character for this young woman who lives at home with her parents,” said Truro Police Insp. Rob Hearn. “At this time no foul play is suspected.”
Fida is five-foot-seven, weighs 128 pounds and has shoulder-length dark hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white top.
As of late Wednesday, police said there were no new updates.
News of Fida going missing quickly went viral yesterday with dozens of Facebook posts and Tweets posted, from across North America and even the United Kingdom.
King’s College’s Twitter account was also very busy spreading the word.
“The response has been tremendous, which is really telling of how King’s operates. Everyone is so involved and cares about what’s happening in the community,” said Nick Stark, president of the King’s Student Union.
Fida served this past year as president of the residence Alexandra Hall. Employed by the front desk of the same residence and active in the school’s yearbook, she is certainly a familiar face to many students.
King’s is a tight-knit community, and Stark said it’s scary when a member of it is threatened.
According to a YouTube video of Fida, she moved to Halifax from Pakistan in 2009. She soon joined the Canadian Red Cross group Even Wars Have Limits as well as helped form a global issues group that raised around $2,000 for child soldiers.
“I want to live in a world that knows the meaning of being a global citizen and actually practices it in their everyday lives,” Fida says in a YouTube video, which was uploaded by user active8halifax.
In the video, Fida is quoted as saying her move to Canada from Pakistan was her biggest inspiration and learning what she could do to help out in the community.
“I’ve seen some people do some great things and I want to fall into that,” she says.
Hearn said the department is hoping Fida will see her picture and contact her family to let them know she is safe, or someone will see her and let the police know where she is so they can contact her.
If anyone has any information, they can call the Truro Police Service at 895-5351.