It would be another 48 hours before Deborah Chevalier got that phone call. Finding answers to those anguished questions would trigger a search that would lead around the world and would uncover something almost unimaginable. What could have happened to this bright, beautiful college freshman? DEBORAH CHEVALIER: I was told one of her roommates did call security one time and tell security that they believed she was suicidal.DEBORAH CHEVALIER: The message was from security at Carleton, wanting to know if Nadia was home with us because she hadn't been seen at school. She had missed an appointment with her mental health counselor. I have post-partum mood disorder, clinical depression and insomnia. But apparently no one had taken action, until that behavior became too much to ignore.She promises she would watch to make sure Nadia is doing everything correctly.Then, Cami D says, she will hang herself right afterwards. She says she wants her death to look like a skating accident, where she simply falls through the ice.After Nadia went missing, the Ottawa police retrieved the laptop from her dorm room.
It kept hope, it kept a bit of hope, you know, a bit of sanity, I guess, in the situation. DEBORAH CHEVALIER: I just asked her, ‘Is something wrong? I'm not feeling well.’ MOHAMED KAJOUJI: I said to her mother, ‘Doesn't—there's something bothering Nadia.’ She said, ‘I know, I spoke to her, she told me not to push. MOHAMED KAJOUJI: He said, ‘Well, your daughter, at one time, the ambulance have to pick her up from the Oasis Restaurant because she had a razor blade in her hand.
It was only after Nadia disappeared that her parents began to piece together what their daughter had been going through at school. DEBORAH CHEVALIER: She was depressed when she came home in February. When she's ready, she'll talk about it.’ But they were now learning things had become far worse at school. She'd told her counselor and doctor she couldn't sleep and was prescribed anti-depressants. In her secret video diary, Nadia recalled the conversations she'd had with her counselor. And she was telling everybody if somebody doesn't help me, I'm going to hurt myself.’ But remember, her parents knew nothing about what went on at school until after Nadia had disappeared.
BOB MCKEOWN: So, a couple of months before she disappeared, she's telling people… I believe that was in November or December when that happened.
Nadia had befriended someone she had met online, someone who seemed a kindred spirit—a young nurse who said she was also depressed and suicidal.
But this friend wasn't trying to cheer Nadia up or stop her from killing herself—far from it.