In August 1978, Liliane Cyr reported that her 18-month-old daughter, Yohanna Cyr, was taken from their Montreal Apartment area. Mrs. Cyr tried for years to keep the hope of her daughter alive despite the many disappointments she had. About five years ago, Mrs. Cyr created a Facebook page called Retrouver Yohanna Cyr, which means Find Yohanna Cyr, in hopes of finding her daughter. Now,38 years later there is a woman who wonders if she could be the missing child. The woman who believes she is Yohanna contacted Ms. Cyr on August 5th of this year.
The woman said, in a private message to Liliane Cyr, that she didn’t want to cause Ms. Cyr any pain and only wanted to get touch with authorities who are involved in the Cyr case. Curious, Ms. Cyr asked the woman what she knew about the case. The woman asked her if Yohanna had a Y-shaped birthmark on her index finger. Liliane Cyr acknowledged that her daughter did have that type of birth mark. The woman said she could be her long lost daughter.
Liliane Cyr had left Yohanna in the care of her new boyfriend while she went to work. A couple of weeks later, the boyfriend said his parents were looking after the toddler in Boston MA. When Ms. Cyr went to pick up her daughter, her boyfriend told her that the toddler had drowned in a bathtub and was buried. Ms. Cyr did not want to believe it and has been living with hope ever since that one day Yohanna will be returned to her. The woman is undergoing DNA testing to see if she is Yohanna.
Michael Zomber is not a man you can sum up in a word, or even a couple of them. He’s a historian, a filmmaker, an author, a weapons collector, and an antiques dealer–a modern day Renaissance Man. But the subject that ties all of these passions together, and which has driven him through his pursuits and his successes has been a love of history. He might detail an antique in a book he’s writing one day and then sell that very antique the next day. He could appraise the value of a weapon and then use that very weapon on one of his film sets. Far from being a person who writes about one region, Michael Zomber has covered locales as radically different as Kentucky and Japan, using these settings to highlight how universal the love of antiques is all across the world.
One of Michael Zomber’s biggest tests was when in 2003 he was falsely charged with mail fraud. Sentenced to a staggering thirty months in prison, Zomber clung to the knowledge that he was innocent, and was vindicated in 2008 when his conviction was overturned, a new trial was ordered, and the prosecution ultimately dropped all charges. And even when imprisoned, Michael Zomber used his time wisely. He spent large amounts of time in the library, tutored his fellow prisoners on their GED tests, and wrote a whopping seven books in total.
One of the great things about Michael Zomber is that he frequently teams up with his wife on the projects that he produces, and in the process actually formed a production company of his own called Renascent Films. Whether it’s dealing in antiques, appraising weapons, exploring the unanswered questions of history, or even writing books and making movies, Michael Zomber is a true Renaissance Man who knows what it’s like to fall from grace and then rise up to grace once again. Even after a career spanning decades, his work is still highly respected in the field. He’s a true professional who has a love for all of his crafts, and will surely keep producing great work for years to come.