Nicole Vienneau went missing in October, and still her family has no idea where she is...

VANCOUVER -- There is one Christmas gift Matthew Vienneau and his family have been praying to receive this year: news of Vancouver's Nicole Vienneau, the backpacker who disappeared in Syria on March 31.

But Nicole's brother Matthew, who has been waging an intense online sleuthing campaign for almost nine months now, would settle for this: a new tip.

"It's not that I have given up. It's that I have run out of things to do. I'm sitting here idly waiting for information to come in, but the information has stopped coming in because I haven't found any new information to follow up on," he said Friday.

"It's tough. We're trying to get used to the idea that we'll never find her."

The information has dwindled as the Vienneaus and Nicole's partner Gary Schweitzer have had to endure several painful anniversaries.