GUELPH — Guelph Police are asking the public for more information about the disappearance of a prominent member of the city’s Ethiopian community.
Seble (Mimi) Dietrich, 39, was last seen leaving her home on Vancouver Drive sometime between 12 p.m. on July 10 and 6 p.m. on July 11.
She was seen driving in her 1999 red Mercedes SLK, which was later found near Sidamo Coffee, a coffee shop she runs downtown.
“This is out of character,” Det. Sgt. Manfred Hoyer said Thursday. “Most of her trips are announced and this is an unannounced situation. That’s why we’re concerned about it.”
Hoyer said Dietrich has family in Guelph who have shared their concerns.
No one answered the buzzer Thursday at Dietrich’s business on Wyndham Street.
The shop has hosted prayer sessions for members of Guelph’s Ethiopian community. It’s also served as the backdrop for The Mimi Show, an online video series that Dietrich produces.
The videos show her interviewing pastors and members of a blind women association, among other people of faith. She posted her last video 10 months ago.
The show’s objectives, according to her website, are to increase the faith of Christians and explore new initiatives that “contribute to the extension of the Kingdom of God.”
Police describe Dietrich as a “non-white” woman, five-foot-five with a slim build, black hair and brown eyes. She often wears wigs of different colours and length. She speaks English, Ethiopian and German.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Sgt. Manfred Hoyer at 519-824-1212, ext. 7331 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.