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Jessica NELLIGAN

Surrey RCMP MEDIA ADVISORY

File:  2012-38849 - Date: 2012-03-26
 Missing female – Jessica NELLIGAN

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing female.

Jessica NELLIGAN was reported missing on March 26th, 2012 and was last seen getting into a taxi in the Whalley area of Surrey at approximately 10:00pm March 25th, 2012.

 NELLIGAN and a male friend arrived in the Vancouver area from Calgary via Greyhound bus on March 25th, 2012 and were due to check into a substance abuse facility, however NELLIGAN has not checked in.

NELLIGAN is described as a 33 year old Caucasian female, 5’3”, 108 lbs with hazel eyes and dark brown hair.  She was last seen wearing white sweat pants with a red maple leaf on the side and a black hoodie. She is familiar with the Whalley area as well as the Vancouver downtown eastside. 

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s Missing Persons Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Gregory Welstead

Sunshine Coast UPDATE – Public Asked to Join Search party for Missing Gregory Welstead

Gibsons - The Sunshine Coast RCMP and Search and Rescue Team continue to search for 56-year-old Gregory Welstead.  Further assistance is being requested from the public in locating Mr.Weslstead after his vehicle was found abandoned and crashed into a tree.  Further investigating revealed that the crash occurred between 6:30 am and 8:30 am on March 12th but was not reported to the RCMP until 5:50 pm.

“It is possible that Mr.Welstead may have left the Sunshine Coast area so we are asking everyone to keep an eye out and if anyone has any information on his whereabouts to contact us immediately,” said Sergeant Russ Howard, acting Media Relations Officer for Sunshine Coast.

“We are also requesting property owners in Upper Gibsons to do a thorough search of their properties including any outbuildings,” said Sgt.Howard.

Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue are looking for any volunteers that reside on the Sunshine Coast with local area knowledge who would like to assist in the search effort on Saturday March 17th, 2012. If you wish to volunteer please attend the Search and Rescue Command Post situated in the School District 46 Maintenance Yard located at the intersection of Henry Road and Reed Road in Gibsons at 10:00 am. Any volunteers are requested to ensure they are capable of working in heavy bush as well as properly equipped with all weather clothing as well as suitable footwear

A full scale search and rescue effort, led by the Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Team, has been in place since the morning of Tuesday March 13th, 2012. Members from the following search and rescue teams have come to the Sunshine Coast to assist in the search for Welstead: Powell River, Lions Bay, Surrey, Coquitlam, Arrowsmith and Nanaimo with further assistance from other communities anticipated on Saturday March 17th, 2012. To date there have been 90 volunteer searchers who have expended over 800 person hours in the search effort. Two aerial searches have been conducted, one by a RCMP helicopter and the second by a civilian helicopter. A RCMP Police Services dog has also attended and assisted in the ground search. To date a 4 square kilometer ground search has been completed as well as an 8 square kilometer aerial search.

Previously Released information:

On the 12th of March, at approximately 5:50pm Sunshine Coast RCMP were called to a report of a single vehicle crash in the 1500 block of Reed Road, in Gibsons. The vehicle was unoccupied with the driver’s door left ajar.  The registered owner, Gregory Welstead, 56 years old, had been a subject of an investigation earlier in the day. His landlord had reported that Welstead had been acting out of character and had left his residence at approximately 6:30 am on March 12th, 2012

The Sunshine Coast RCMP is asking for assistance from the public in locating Gregory Welstead, who is described as Caucasian, approximately 6’1” tall, 200 lbs, short brown hair, brown eyes and may or may not be wearing glasses.  Welstead is believed to be wearing a burgundy fleece jacket and black track pants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gregory Welstead is asked to contact the RCMP at (604) 885-2266

Sgt. Russ Howard

Sunshine Coast RCMP
604-885-2266

Harley BOXALL

The search for 46 year old Harry BOXALL, reported missing by family in March, continues. To date, he has had no contact with any of his family or friends.

BOXALL was last seen at his home in Nanaimo on March 9th, 2012 and reported  missing to the Nanaimo RCMP several days later.  BOXALL has significant medical issues which require medication. His family is extremely concerned for his safety and well being.  BOXALL does not own a vehicle and has limited access to funds.

Harry BOXALL is a white male, 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 140 pounds.  If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

March 13 - 2012 - File 2012-6224
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 The Nanaimo RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 46 year old Nanaimo man last seen on Friday March 9th.

Harley BOXALL has significant medical issues and there is reason to be concerned for his well being. Family and friends have not had any contact with him since last week. BOXALL is a white male ,approximately 5 ft 10, slim build with short brown hair.  There is  no clothing description available.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Harley BOXALL, please contact  the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

Stephen Bruce Marshal

The Vancouver Police are requesting the public’s assistance to help find a 54 year old Vancouver man who has been missing since Friday, February 10th.

On Monday, February 13th, the Vancouver Police were called to investigate the uncharacteristic disappearance of Stephen Bruce Marshall. He was last seen at about 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10th, but family believe they heard him leave his residence in the 3800 block Point Grey Road in the early morning of Saturday, February 11th.

Stephen Marshall is white, 5’11” tall, and 145 lbs., with a thin build. He has deeply set blue eyes which give him a gaunt appearance, brown hair, and a missing front tooth. It’s believed that Stephen was wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. He regularly carries a small dark-coloured backpack with him and may have left with a light blue sleeping bag, a multi-coloured quilt, and a camping mat.

While it’s unknown where Stephen went, he is a regular user of public transit and is known to frequent both the UBC area and west end of Vancouver. Area searches by police around his home, as well as checks of public transit, other Metro Vancouver police agencies, taxi companies, and hospitals continue to fail to turn up any sign of Stephen Marshall.

John Cooper

February 28, 2012 2:20 PM

Police ask for public help finding missing man
Chilliwack RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout for John Gerald Cooper, last seen at his Chilliwack home on Monday.

Police said Cooper, 54, bought a one-way Greyhound bus ticket to Vancouver, and it's believed he left on the 12:35 p.m. bus.

"We are concerned for John, as is his family, since he has never done this in the past," RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said in a news release.

"He has not been in contact with his family since leaving home (Wednesday) and we would like people to look out for him," she said.

Cooper is described as a tall white man with long grey hair normally worn in a ponytail. He was wearing blue jeans, a burgundy sweater and black New Balance Shoes when last seen.

Cooper also has several tattoos, a dagger on his left arm, a Celtic heart on his left wrist with the initials JM, and Yin Yang symbol on his left pelvic region.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Veronica Lem

Veronica Lem

File # 2009-17437
2012-02-21 12:12 PST
http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=50&languageId=1&contentId=24245

Richmond RCMP is following up on a missing persons investigation from 2009 in hopes of gaining new information that may lead to locating the person in question.

In June of 2009 49 year old Vancouver resident Veronica Lem was reported as missing & was last seen by a family friend at the Vancouver International Airport as she was about to board a flight to Toronto. Lem did not show up in Toronto as expected & was reported missing.

The investigation into Lem’s disappearance has been ongoing since 2009 & has lead investigators to believe that Lem has chosen to live independently from her family, however the reasons for doing so are not known. Lem has had contact with her family sporadically since the last time she was last seen however there has been no recent contact. At no time have investigators or family members suspected that foul play was involved in Lem’s disappearance however questions still remain unanswered.

At this time Investigators would like to encourage Lem to please contact the Richmond RCMP so they can confirm that she is safe & sound. While Lem’s family is concerned for Veronica’s well being & would like to hear from her again, they also understand that privacy is important to her. Richmond RCMP would like to reassure Lem that her whereabouts will remain confidential if she were to contact the police.

Anyone that may know of Lem’s whereabouts is also encouraged to contact Richmond RCMP at (604)278-1212. If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The photo of Lem is approximately 12 years old. A more recent photo is unfortunately not available.

Lem is described as an Asian female, 4'10" tall, 90 lbs, slim build with dark brown hair & brown eyes. Lem has been associated to Mennonite churches in Vancouver as a volunteer & in the past has lived at Mennonite operated public housing.

David Fortin

David Fortin

File # 2012-4581
2012-02-21 11:59 PST
http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=50&languageId=1&contentId=24244


Richmond RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 16 year old Quebec resident last seen in Richmond on January 31st.

David Fortin has been missing from his home in Alma, Quebec since February 10th, 2009. The Surete Du Quebec is conducting the investigation into Fortin’s disappearance & has received information that Fortin was seen at the Superstore in Richmond located at 4651 No 3 Road on January 31st. Fortin was apparently playing a guitar for money.

Fortin speaks French & is described as a Caucasian male, 5'8" tall, 165 lbs with brown hair & brown eyes. The photo of Fortin that has been included is age-progressed to what he would look like at 16 years of age.

Anyone that knows of Fortin’s whereabouts or anyone that may have seen Fortin is asked to please contact Richmond RCMP at (604)278-1212. If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Shelley Doris Tubbs

Shelley Doris Tubbs


Chilliwack, BC: The Chilliwack RCMP are looking for the public's assistance in locating a woman who may be living in the Chilliwack area.

Shelley Doris Tubbs was reported missing to the North Okanagan RCMP by her family on November 18, 2011. Shelley previously resided in the North Okanagan and Vernon area, however her family has not had any communication with her since the summer of 2010. North Okanagan RCMP's investigation revealed that Shelley was last known to be living in Chilliwack from June 2010 to October 2010. On February 15, 2012, North Okanagan RCMP notified the UFVRD RCMP and a missing person investigation was initiated.

Shelley Tubbs, who may also use the last name Bayda, is described as a Caucasian female, 38 years old, 5'2" tall, approximately 110 pounds, with blonde hair and a fair complexion. Shelley has a tattoo of a tiger head with a rose underneath on her right ankle.

Anyone with information regarding Shelley Tubbs is asked to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
 Roderic Paul MAYNARD
Roderic Paul Maynard
File # 2012-705
2012-02-20 08:52 PST

http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=254&languageId=1&contentId=24221
Sidney North Saanich RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Roderic Paul MAYNARD. He was reported missing by family and friends on February 14th, 2012. He was living at a residence on Sandpiper Close in North Saanich and was driven by a friend from there, to the BC Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay, on January 28thth, 2012 at 10:45 am. He has not been seen or heard from since that date, by both friends and family members.

Mr. Maynard is described as being 54 yrs old, 5'11'’, 220 lbs, and having short white/grey hair and brown eyes. He was planning on walking on to a ferry and left his vehicle at home. There is no indication at this time that foul play is involved.

Family and friends are quite concerned about Mr. Maynard’s disappearance and urge him to contact them or the closest police station if he gets this message. Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Maynard or his disappearance, please contact their closest police force or Sidney North Saanich RCMP at 250 656 3931.

Douglas SawatzkyDouglas Sawatzky

Missing person Douglas Sawatzky UPDATE - Found Deceased

 

Vancouver police investigating disappearances of five young men

Global News : Friday, February 03, 2012 2:12 PM  Vancouver police are asking the public to help them solve the cases of five young men who went missing in the last year.
Matthew Huszar
Vancouver Police are requesting the public's assistance to find Matthew Huszar, 25. Huszar was last seen Dec. 16 leaving a Gastown pub after an office Christmas party.

Brian Mbaruk
Brian Safari Mbaruk, 21, has been missing since Nov. 18. Police believe the Vancouver man may have been headed for North Vancouver's Baden Powell Trail before he disappeared. A search for Mbaruk was called off late Tuesday.
Mitchell Gallivan


Daniel Michael Holt was FOUND - See

Permadech Tatti


The case that is still fresh on many people’s minds is that of Matthew Huszar, a young geologist who mysteriously vanished from Downtown Vancouver on the night of December 16. Huszar was last seen walking on Water Street after leaving a Gastown pub. He was supposed to be leaving for Victoria the following day, but never arrived.

He was wearing black dress pants, a white-and-blue-checked shirt, black shoes and a dark green tweed.

He is 25 years old, white, 5’11” tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Twenty-year-old Brian Mbaruk was last seen on a bus headed for Grouse Mountain on November 18 of last year. He planned to go on a day hike in the North Shore Mountains. An extensive two-day search was conducted, but no trace of him was found.

Brian is black, 6’2” tall and weighs 170 pounds.

Mitchell Gallivan, 19, was last seen on October 19, 2011, on his bike in southwest Vancouver at 2:30 in the afternoon. In the past, he has left without notice for extended periods and travelled throughout the province, staying in commune farms in the interior and on Vancouver Island, but he would always return to Vancouver.

He is white, 6’3” tall and weighs 190 lbs.

Daniel Michael Holt was reported missing by his mother on September 12, 2011. He lived on his boat moored in Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver and was previously employed by a software company in Victoria. He is 29 years old, white, 5’11” tall and weighs 170 pounds. He is not a drug user and does not abuse alcohol.

Permadech Tatti was reported missing to the VPD by a family friend on March 20, 2011. He is from Thailand and came to Canada to attend school. Permadech recently dropped out and his work visa expires in September 2012. He is a 21-year-old Thai man, 6’1” tall and weighs 165 pounds. He was last seen on March 11, 2011, by a neighbour, sitting in front of his home in southwest Vancouver with a large suitcase.

Police say there are no indicators or leads suggesting foul play was involved in any of these disappearances. They also say there are no links between these files and each of the five missing persons has distinct differences and circumstances surrounding their disappearances.

Sergeant Kirk Star with the Missing Persons Unit says despite what might seem like a recent spike in the number of missing person’s cases, they close and solve 99.9 per cent of them.

In 2011 alone, Vancouver police investigated 3,691 missing person’s reports.

If you have any information on these missing persons, please contact the Vancouver Police Missing Persons Unit at 604-717-2530, your local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Claudine "Michelle" Noel

Please help!  Marlon is looking to find his Mom. Her name is Claudine Noel, born in Grenada, February 8, 1962.  She is 5ft.-7inch - Weight 150 to 165 pounds, high cheek bones of west Indian decent she has short black hair in an afro or she could have her head wrapped and brown eyes.  -  Missing for about 1-1/2 years

She was living in Toronto. Possibly she may be in a shelter in Toronto or she is homeless

Fribjon BJORNSON

Police Investigate Suspicious Death Of Missing Vanderhoof Man

By 250 News

Saturday, February 04, 2012 10:33 AM
Prince George, B.C. - North District Major Crime investigators can now confirm that the human remains located in a vacant property along Lower Road in Fort St James on the Nak'azdli reserve earlier this week have been identified. Family have been notified and police can confirm that the victim is Fribjon BJORNSON
28 year old Fribjon BJORNSON, from Vanderhoof, was reported missing on January 21, 2012. On January 23rd the blue 1990 Chevrolet pickup he was driving was located near Fort St. James
“Investigators remain in the community and are asking anyone with any information about the disappearance of Fribjon BJORNSON and the on-going investigation to please contact police”, says Cpl. Annie Linteau spokesperson for the RCMP in BC. “We are attempting to gather evidence and ascertain the events that lead to Fribjon’s death”
The motive and exact cause of death remains under investigation at this time
Anyone who may have seen BJORNSON or his vehicle after he was reported missing on January 21st or has information about his death is asked to call the Fort St. James RCMP at (250) 996-8269 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Update on Missing Person Fribjon Bjornson

Fort St James

File # 2012-163 - 2012-01-26 17:05 PST

On January 21, 2012 the Fort St. James R.C.M.P. responded to a report that Fribjon BJORNSON was missing.
Fribjon BJORNSON was last seen at the 7-11 Store in Vanderhoof, B.C. in the early morning hours of 2012-01-12. This has been verified by the employee who was working at the time and the video surveillance. On 2012-01-23 the blue 1990 Chevrolet pick up that Fribjon BJORNSON was driving was located on the Necoslie Reserve near Fort St. James.
The Fort St. James R.C.M.P. are continuing to investigate this matter but are requesting assistance from the public. If you have any information that may help locate Fribjon BJORNSON please call the Fort St. James R.C.M.P. at 250-996-8269, 911 or Crime Stoppers.

January 22, 2012 On January 21, 2012 the Fort St. James R.C.M.P. responded to a complaint of a Missing Person.  Fribjon BJORNSON was last seen on January 11th, 2012 near the 58 km mark on the Germanson Landing Rd(North Rd) north of Fort St. James.  He is 26 years old approximately 6'1" feet tall and 175lbs with an athletic build.  Fribjon BJORNSON may be driving a 1990 blue Chevrolet pick up with a flat deck on the back and large driving lights on the front.  The licence plate is DS9877.

The Fort St. James R.C.M.P. are continuing to investigate  this matter but are requesting the assistance from the public.  If you have any information that may help locate Fribjon BJORNSON or the pick up truck please call the Fort St. James R.C.M.P. at 250-996-8269, 911 or Crime Stoppers.

Call renewed for DNA data bank for missing people

By Bradley Bouzane, Postmedia News January 25, 2012 4:06 PM

Dylan Koshman has been missing since October 2008, when he was last seen in Edmonton. His mother, Melanie Alix, is joining the fight to have a voluntary national DNA data bank of family members of missing people to help identify any remains found across the country.

Dylan Koshman has been missing since October 2008, when he was last seen in Edmonton. His mother, Melanie Alix, is joining the fight to have a voluntary national DNA data bank of family members of missing people to help identify any remains found across the country.

Photograph by: Handout, Koshman family

Melanie Alix has worked through the heartache after spending more than three years searching for answers since her 21-year-old son disappeared.

The Saskatchewan woman has now added her voice to a call for a DNA data bank for missing people and their family members, similar to the system in place for criminals. She hopes a national system could provide closure and answers to countless families left in despair after losing a loved one.

"Personally, this would mean I am still doing everything in my power to help, not only our family, but maybe somebody else's," Alix said in an emotional telephone interview from her home in Moose Jaw, Sask.

"The pain doesn't go away. You just learn how to cope and unless you have a child of your own (go missing), it's a fear every parent has that they will disappear from your life. There's no closure, no grieving, nothing."

Alix's son Dylan Koshman hasn't been seen since October 2008 when he was reported missing by his girlfriend in Edmonton.

He had been drinking and had an argument with his roommates before being asked to leave. No activity on his cellphone or bank account was reported after his disappearance and his wallet was found in a neighbour's yard.

Alix's call for action is in support of Lindsey's Law, which is named after a 14-year-old from Comox, B.C., who went missing in 1993.

For years, Lindsey Nicholls' mother, Judy Paterson, has tried to get a national data bank in place to help families looking for answers and allow them to move on in their lives.

On a website dedicated to Lindsey's Law, Paterson wrote that a national data bank "would allow investigators to collect DNA from missing persons or their close relatives and compare it to DNA from crime scenes and unidentified human remains. The quest for a missing persons DNA data bank is not just about giving comfort to family members of the missing, however. It is also about the safety of your family and of all Canadians. Until remains are identified, the police cannot begin an investigation, so if Lindsey was abducted and murdered, her murderer is still out there."

A petition for a missing persons DNA data bank was recently sent off for certification by Conservative MP Ray Boughen's office and is expected back within a few weeks. It can then be presented once Parliament resumes.

Alix said that progress shows promise, but Boughen said once the petition makes its way to the House of Commons, it won't be the first time the issue has been looked at in Ottawa.

Boughen said former B.C. MP Gary Lunn introduced a private member's bill to amend the DNA Identification Act in 2003 that would address the issue of missing people in Canada.

A similar move then took place in 2006, when Ontario MP Mike Wallace recommended changes in the House of Commons to the same bill.

Finally, in 2009, a Senate committee recommended changes to the Act to allow for the inclusion of missing people who make it easier to identify unknown remains.

Micheal Vonn, policy director at the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said a DNA data bank for missing people could work to benefit countless families in dire need of clarity, but said that it would need safety checks to make sure the information is used appropriately.

"Everything around this involves the incredibly compelling reason why you want to collect this information and the balance of the extreme sensitivity of this information," Vonn said Wednesday.

"Our ability to be able to use this tool is entirely dependent on whether they can trust the government is doing the right thing with this information. That can't be stressed enough."

She said the "very humanitarian purpose" of gathering DNA for searching for missing people would need to be kept separate from the existing data bank for criminals in Canada.

"If there was the political will and the mechanisms, there would be no need for the two data banks to be merged," Vonn said. "Given what this data bank is for, if they were to be merged, I think Canadians would be deeply shocked."

On Wednesday the Department of Public Safety could not immediately provide current numbers for the criminal databank.

As a parent, Boughen said he can identify with Alix and how she and her family must feel since her son vanished.

"I appreciate what she's going through," Boughen said Wednesday. "It's not the kind of experience one wants to have and we want to help people that are caught up with that experience of missing a child and doing what we can to alleviate that pain they're going through and get some answers for them."

bbouzane@postmedia.com

© Copyright (c) Postmedia News

Marcia WILSON
 a.k.a. Marcia CHIPMAN.  WILSON

Media Release (Missing Person)

Fort St. James R.C.M.P. are seeking the public's assistance in locating Marcia WILSON a.k.a. Marcia CHIPMAN.  WILSON is approximately 5'6" tall, 130 lbs, with brown hair and light coloured skin.  WILSON was last seen by her family in July of 2011.  WILSON's location is currently unknown however she may be in the Agassiz / Chilliwack area of British Columbia.  Anyone with information about WILSON is asked to call the Fort St. James detachment of the R.C.M.P. at 250-996-8269.

Cpl. G.K. (Greg) REDL
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Fort St. James Detachment

Ph: 250-996-8269

Fax: 250-996-8557

gregory.redl@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Emma Lokelani WOODS
Oceanside
RCMP Assist Ontario Police in Locating Missing Teen

File # 2012-360 2012-01-19 11:31 PST

The Oceanside RCMP, in providing investigative assistance to Peel Regional Police in Ontario, are requesting the assistance of the public in locating a teenaged girl reported as missing from Mississauga, Ontario.

Emma Lokelani WOODS, 15 years old, is believed to have boarded a Greyhound bus in Mississauga, Ontario on January 11th, 2012, with the intention of heading to British Columbia. She had previously lived in B.C. before moving to Ontario in the autumn of 2011 and it is believed that she has returned.

The young girl has contacts in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. She is described as being 5'5", 137 lbs, light complexion, shoulder length blonde hair (possibly dyed a different colour), and hazel eyes. She has an earring in her nose and a mole on her right shoulder.

It is unknown how Emma would presently be dressed, however she was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and black yoga pants, carrying a pink and black backpack.
The public is asked to contact their local police if they have seen Emma, or if they have any information as to her location.


Darrell Robertson, Sgt.
Ops NCO
Oceanside RCMP
250-248-6111

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Ebony WILSON
Comox Valley
Missing Person
File # 2011-348 2012-01-19 13:41 PST

The Comox Valley RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating a 17 year old female, Ebony WILSON, who has been residing in the Courtenay area.
Originally from Nanaimo, she is described as being 5 foot 4 inches tall, 117 lbs, brown eyes and has shoulder length brown hair. She was last seen on the morning of January 10, 2012 and at that time she was wearing jeans, black boots and a white colored jacket. Police suspect that she has returned to the Nanaimo area.
If you have any information on this young girl you asked to call Cst. Nicole Hall of the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 or you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477)

Martin George Chambers

Coquitlam
Local Mounties seek missing person from Colony Farm
File # 2012-127 - 2012-01-10 15:59 PST
Coquitlam – The local Mounties are seeking the public assistance to locate a missing person from Colony Farm Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Martin George Chambers, 46, was last seen on January 1st, 2012 by the staff at the hospital.

Chambers is described as:

·         a Caucasian male,

·         5’10” tall,

·         182 lbs,

·         curly shoulder length blonde hair (at the time of missing),

·         blue eyes, and

·         fair complexion.

It was unknown what type of clothing he was wearing at the time of missing.

Chambers suffers a mental disorder and should not be approached. He is known to frequent Downtown Eastside in Vancouver.

If you spot Martin Chambers, please contact your local police immediately. Anyone with information about Chambers or his current whereabouts is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 quote file number 2012-127. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at External Linkwww.solvecrime.ca.

William McHENDRY

File:2012-145  - January 4, 2012.

A worried family is hoping that their brother in law, 67 year old William McHENDRY, who has not been heard from since December 23rd, will contact them to say he's alright.

McHENDRY has always kept in contact with his family however he has appeared despondent recently and his apparent disappearance is completely out of character. Recent banking activity suggests that he may be in the Lower Mainland and Kelowna RCMP are liaising with Police in that area in an effort to locate him.

If anyone sees McHENDRY, who appears markedly thinner than his picture shows, please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

Seyed Mehrdad NOURBAKHSH-SALEH
picture of missing male


M
issing North Vancouver Male

File # 2011-37212 2011-12-30 12:05 PST

The family of a North Vancouver resident is concerned over his unusual disappearance.

Seyed Mehrdad NOURBAKHSH-SALEH was last seen by family at approximately 4:00 p.m. on December 27, 2011 at their residence in North Vancouver.

Seyed Mehrdad NOURBAKHSH-SALEH is described as a Persian male:

·         26 years old

·         Balding shaved head

·         Wearing black jacket – black shoes –dark blue jeans

The North Vancouver RCMP and family of Seyed Mehrdad NOURBAKHSH-SALEH are asking for the public’s assistance in helping locate him. If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Mehrdad they are encouraged to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.

Tam Minh -Steven- Pham
Tam Minh “Steven” Pham

Have you seen this missing Vancouver man?

By STAFF REPORTER, The Province January 2, 2012 11:05 AM

Police are asking the public to help spot a missing 22-year-old Vancouver man.

Tam Minh “Steven” Pham was seen last by friends at 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 3300-Block Nanaimo Street.

Friends and family believe that Pham -- who is Vietnamese, 5-foot-6 tall, 130-pounds -- may be emotionally distressed and may try to harm himself.

He has short black hair, brown eyes, and a slim build, and was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and light blue jeans.

Anyone who sees Pham is asked to call 9-1-1 and wait with him until police arrive.

© Copyright (c) The Province

Riley Glenn

Pemberton BC

Family searches for B.C. man missing since Christmas morning
By Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun December 29, 2011 7:06 PM The father of a 25-year-old Pemberton man missing since Christmas morning wants little more than to know his son is okay.

“Riley, come on. Let us know what’s going on,” said a tearful Dan Glenn on Thursday, in a message to his son.

“Please phone home. Your parents, and everyone you know in Pemberton, are so worried about you. Just phone home to say that you’re okay.”  - Pemberton resident Riley Glenn, pictured, was last seen by a friend early Sunday morning (Dec. 25) and was reported missing to police by his parents the following day. - Photo courtesy of Whistler RCMP

Riley Glenn was last seen sleeping on a couch at a friend’s home in the 7400-block of Cottonwood Street in Pemberton just after midnight on Dec. 25.

The friend discovered Riley missing at around 2 a.m. and Dan reported him missing around 11:30 a.m.

Dan said Riley had drug issues in the past but went clean in September. He fears his son may now be affected by a chemical imbalance.

“After he quit his drugs, we were playing hockey together — the stuff we always loved to do together — and everything was going so good,” Dan said, breaking up. “All of a sudden, he just started getting on this left-hand side, where he was anti-government, anti-this, anti-that.

“He said, ‘If no one believes in me, I want nothing to do with them.’”

Riley began listening to different music, and sold the hockey gear he used to use often.

Since Riley’s disappearance, police have told his family that at around 4 a.m. on Christmas Day, a trucker headed to Whistler from Pemberton had picked up a hitchhiking Riley. Riley told the driver he planned to continue on to Vancouver.

Coworkers of Riley’s told Dan and the family that Riley had talked of heading east.

The family has been plastering the Pemberton area with posters.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever done is put posters up saying my son is missing,” Dan said.

Riley is five-foot-nine and about 160 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. His right front tooth is chipped.

He was last seen wearing yellow snow pants, could possibly be wearing an orange vest or red Camp of Champions jacket and may be carrying a black backpack.

Anyone who may have seen him is asked to call the Pemberton police department at 604-894-6634.

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Rbeccah Ankerse

Missing Teen

Posted on December 23, 2011 by mplaniden by mplaniden

Saanich Police are asking for assistance in locating a missing teenaged girl.

Investigators feel the teen girl may be in the company of Ryan Racette, age 30, who is wanted on a BC wide warrant of arrest.Rebeccah Ankersen Missing

Rebeccah Ankersen is caucasian, with short brown or dark hair, 5’4″ (163 cm) tall, 170 lbs(77kg), she has a piercing in the bridge of her nose and pierced ears. She was last seen wearing the following clothing: a grey hooded sweatshirt with an Orange County Chopper emblem, Garrison boots described as mid-calf combat style boots with white laces. She was also last seen carrying a black backpack.

Rbeccah Ankersen & Ryan Racette

Ryan Racette is a caucasian man, 6’0″ (183 cm) tall, 160 lbs (73 kg), brown hair possibly dyed green, and with a tattoo on the right side of his neck. He is wanted for breaching a no contact order with the missing teen.

Investigators believe she was in the Nanaimo area on December 23, 2011, at 11:40 am.

Anyone with information on Ankersen’s whereabouts, or that of Racette, should contact their local police agency or Crime Stoppers.

 

David Cox
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David Robert Cox

May 28, 2012

A year after David Cox was reported missing the police and his family is still looking for him.

On April 30, 2011, David COX was reported missing by his parents who reside on Vancouver Island. Since that time, the Cranbrook RCMP has been investigating all avenues of David's disappearance.

David had been living in the Cranbrook area for several months leading up to his disappearance and was living a high risk lifestyle. David is known to have ties in Alberta, the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island area.

At this one-year anniversary of his disappearance, the RCMP, together with David's family are asking anyone with information regarding their son David Cox, to come forward. David's parents have been waiting over a year for any news of his whereabouts and it has been a hard year for them.

The RCMP believes someone in the Cranbrook area has information on David's disappearance which would assist their investigation.

The Cranbrook RCMP asks that anyone with information, no matter how minor or insignificant, to please contact them and speak to an investigator.

David Cox is described as 6 feet tall, weighs about 170 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes with several visible tattoos on his arms.

If you have any knowledge about this investigation you can call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or East Kootenay Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-TIPS)

You can also search East Kootenay Crime Stoppers online and leave an anonymous webtip online

2011-3149 - December 21st 2011                                                                                              

Cranbrook RCMP Still Searching For Missing Man

Cranbrook RCMP are again seeking the public’s help in locating David COX, a 27 year old male who has been missing from Cranbrook since April, 2011.  The police ask that anyone with information about David COX or his whereabouts, to please call their local police office no matter how minor or insignificant you believe the information may be. David is described as 6 feet tall, about 170 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes with several visible tattoos on his arms.      

If you have any information about David Cox please contact you the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471; your local RCMP or police station; or the East Kootenay Crimestoppers (1-800-222-TIPS) 

You can also Google “Cranbrook Crimestoppers” and leave a webtip

Rory Wayne McGILLIVARY

File 32011-38751

Looking for answers

 

Hope, BC-  The Hope RCMP are looking for information regarding Rory McGillivray.  Rory was last seen by a family member in Kamloops,BC on September 18, 2011.  On December 18, 2011, the Hope RCMP responded to a body found in the Fraser River.  As a result of the investigation, the body was identified as Rory McGillivray.  McGillivray was 56 years old.

 

"Right now, we are attempting to establish a time line to fill in some gaps from the time Rory was reported missing to the time that he was discovered in the river," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  Rory had purchased a bus ticket in Kamloops,BC and was suppose to take the bus from Kamloops,BC to Hope,BC.  The ticket was not for a specific date and it is unclear if or when Rory got on the bus.

 

It is believed that Rory may have resided somewhere in the Hope area but this has not yet been confirmed.  The police are not suspecting foul play is involved in Rory's disappearance but they are looking for answers.  "We need to speak to anyone who has any information regarding Rory," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  "We are actively investigating Rory's disappearance but need the help of the public at this point."

 

If you have any information regarding Rory McGillivray, you are asked to contact the Hope RCMP at 604 869-7750 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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Missing Revelstoke man found dead
By Staff Writer - Revelstoke Times Review
Published: January 04, 2012 4:00 PM
A body found washed up on the banks of the Fraser River near Hope, B.C., has been identified as that of missing Revelstoke man Rory Wayne McGillivray, the RCMP says.

Kamloops RCMP issued a bulletin in December asking for public assistance locating McGillivray.

McGillivray, 56, was last seen on Sept. 18, 2011, after visiting his son in Kamloops. He was supposed to drive home to his house in Revelstoke but never turned up. His family said his disappearance was out of character, Kamloops RCMP said.

The body was located on Dec. 18, 2011 – three months after McGillivary was last seen – but it could not be identified right away. Three days later, the Kamloops RCMP sent out a news release about his disappearance.

It was not until later that dental records confirmed the identity of the body as McGillivary's.

The cause of death has not been confirmed but foul play is not suspected. The BC Coroners Service is awaiting the results of toxicology tests arising from the autopsy.

Kamloops RCMP Detachment
File # 2011-32587 - 2011-12-21

Kamloops RCMP are continuing their investigation into a reported missing person and request assistance from the public.

Mr. Rory Wayne McGILLIVARY, 56 years old, was last seen September 18, 2011 following a visit with his son in the area of Tranquille Road in Kamloops BC. Mr. McGILLIVARY is also well know in Revelstoke, BC. He has been reported missing by family members who state this is unusual. 

Police are requesting the publics' assistance in locating Mr. McGILLIVARY who is described as being 6' tall, approximately 200 lbs, blue eyes and balding.

Police are also looking for a vehicle possibly associated to McGILLIVARY which is a dark grey 2008 Subaru Outback that had a BC License plate of 540 SHE attached. If you have any piece of information that could assist in locating McGILLIVARY please contact your local police detachment or call Kamloops RCMP at (250) 828-3000.

Matthew Huszar
                              

Matthew Huszar’s cause of death is undetermined: Coroner
By Amy Judd Global New
VANCOUVER – Matthew Huszar’s cause of death has been found to be ‘undetermined’ according to the coroner’s report.
The 25-year-old went missing after leaving a Christmas party in 2011. His body was found in False Creek in Vancouver about two years later.
The coroner’s report into his death has found that there was no evidence of trauma or natural disease to account for Huszar’s death, although the findings were hampered by the fact that his body had been in the water for a few years.Toxicological analysis also revealed cocaine in Huszar’s system in non-lethal concentrations. Huszar was last seen Dec. 16, 2011 outside the Lamplighter pub in downtown Vancouver. An exhaustive search was done for him, with his family putting up a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.

The coroner found that Huszar was likely at the marina on Dec. 17, 2011 to look at the facility as he had spoken about moving his boat from Yaletown to that marina. It was not possible to state how he ended up in the water or what caused his death but foul play has been ruled out.


Missing Vancouver man Matthew Huszar’s family clinging to hope
By ANDY IVENS, The Province December 27, 2011 1:06 PM
The mother of Matthew Huszar is holding on to hope that someone will be able to help police find the handsome young geologist, missing for the past 11 days.

“We’ve all got our hopes up that something will turn up that will give police something to go on and find out what happened,” Danny Huszar told The Province on Tuesday morning.

Matthew, 25, went missing around midnight Dec. 16. He attended his company Christmas party and went with a group of friends to the Lamplighter pub on the corner of Water and Abbott streets in Gastown.

“There was a long lineup there, so the group decided they were going to go elsewhere and he decided he was going to leave,” Danny Huszar said from her home on Vancouver Island.

“He said his goodbyes and headed [east on Water], and that’s the last anyone has seen of him.”

Everything in Matthew’s life was pointing up, so his disappearance is baffling.

Huszar graduated with honours from the University of B.C. last summer and landed a great job with a Vancouver mining company.

He recently bought an old, 50-foot sailboat and was planning to restore it over a number of years. Moored in Victoria, it is his home whenever he goes to the Island to visit his parents.

His girlfriend, whom he met at UBC, was scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Tuesday night from her home in Colorado, and together they were working on a plan for a ski holiday in the backcountry, said Danny.

“We’ve racked our brains and there is no reason that we can think of that he would voluntarily disappear on his own like that,” she said.

“He’s got a very good circle of friends. They have been working so hard to scare up anyone who saw anything that night.”

Danny said she feels “very frustrated and totally helpless.”

“We haven’t heard any news yet, nothing at all,” she said.

“Police have been following up any leads that they have gotten and there haven’t been anything at all — no concrete sighting of Matthew or anything at all.

“They have been working diligently, and I have been in touch with them on a regular basis.

“They are really stumped, as well, as to why they are not receiving any concrete leads that they can follow up,” she said.

“We’ve had so many people say to us: ‘What can we do? What can we do?’” her voice cracking with emotion.

“We’re appealing to the public, maybe somebody who has been away at Christmastime, if there’s anybody who can recall seeing him that night, or after that night to please contact police [at 911],” said Huszar.

Matthew is described as five-foot-11, 160 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. On the night of Dec. 16, he was wearing a white-and-blue checked shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and a dark-green tweed coat.

Anyone who has seen him is asked to call 911.

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Missing B.C. man’s mom ‘racking my brain’ to figure out why he vanished after Christmas party

By ELAINE O?CONNOR, The Province December 21, 2011

VANCOUVER — Matthew Huszar’s mother has a simple message for her son.

“I just want him to know that there are so many people out there that love and care for him, and we just want to hear from him that he is safe,” Danny Huszar said, six days after the disappearance of her son.

Huszar, 25, was last seen leaving his office Christmas party at the Lamplighter Pub at 92 Water Street just before midnight on Friday, heading east.

Police are investigating and have asked the public for assistance in locating him.

His mother said his disappearance is completely out of character for the young geologist. She said Huszar had just graduated from the University of B.C. and had found a good job in his field. He had no known mental-health or substance-abuse issues and had good relationships with family and friends.

He also had a long-distance girlfriend he was excited to see over the holidays and planned to spend a cozy Christmas at home with his parents and two sisters, Sarah and Rachael, at their home on Vancouver Island.

“I have been racking my brain and there is nothing that I can come up with that was an issue in his life,” his mother said. “There is nothing that anyone can think of that would have been causing stress or grief. That’s why it is so bizarre that this is happening.

“This year we were going to have all the family home,” she continued. “He was in a very good frame of mind.”

His sister Sarah said the family was praying for Matthew’s return.

“We really appreciate all the support we’ve received and just hope that getting the word out with the media coverage will jog someone’s memory and get them to say something,” she said. “Until then we are praying for his safe return and keeping positive.”

On Wednesday, Vancouver police provided few updates.

“Detectives and patrol officers have been canvassing the Gastown area for several days now looking for clues to Matthew’s disappearance,” police said in a release.

Const. Jana McGuinness had said earlier in the week that police were “aggressively pursuing this case today and trying to reunite him with his family.”

Huszar’s mother said police told her they had received a few phone calls with new leads, after word spread of his disappearance and his friends blanketed city streets with missing posters.

“Hopefully getting it out in the media will help twig someone’s memory,” she said.

Huszar had just graduated with an honours degree in geology from UBC in May. During his studies, he was an active and engaged student: He was a member of a student chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists and played hockey in a UBC recreational league with fellow geology students. He joined UBC’s G.M. Dawson club (a group that runs field trips and workshops for geology students), and was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. student advisory committee.

Huszar also had success outside school in his chosen career. He had worked in northern B.C. for mining companies seeking new gold and silver deposits and had been hired by Vancouver’s Pretium Resources Inc., where he was working at the time of his disappearance.

He was living with a friend in an apartment near Commercial Drive while he spent two months in the city doing office work for Pretium.

He was at a Christmas party with some colleagues in Gastown and was noticed texting someone just before he disappeared.

His mother said she last spoke to him Friday afternoon at about 3 p.m., confirming plans to pick him up at the ferry terminal in Victoria for his visit home.

He never arrived.

“It’s very uncharacteristic of him not to call and let me know his plans had changed,” his mother said.

After calling his cellphone, then hospitals, she alerted police. On Sunday, his case became a missing persons file. Danny and Matthew’s father, Rod, spent Monday and Tuesday in Vancouver, searching for their son. They walked the streets and searched marinas and float-plane terminals, as Huszar loved boats (he had one of his own moored in Victoria’s Inner Harbour) and planes.

“We were thinking of where he might go if he was not under duress,” she said.

Huszar grew up with his family in Lethbridge, Alta., where he attended Catholic Central High School. His parents moved to the small Vancouver Island community of Shirley, west of Sooke, earlier this year. His mother said Matthew is an active, outdoorsy guy who loves surfing, skiing, rock-climbing, camping and hiking. He had plans to go on a ski trip with his Colorado-based girlfriend over the holidays.

He is described as five-foot-11, 160 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a white-and-blue checked shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and a dark-green tweed coat.

Anyone who sees Huszar is asked to call 911.

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Man vanished after office Christmas party in Gastown

By Staff Reporter, The Province December 20, 2011

Vancouver Police are requesting the public's assistance to find Matthew Huszar, 25. Huszar was last seen Dec. 16 leaving a Gastown pub after an office Christmas party.

Photograph by: Submitted photo, Vancouver Police Department

VANCOUVER — Police are working "aggressively" on the case of a young UBC grad who vanished after an office Christmas party last week.

Matthew Huszar, 25, was last seen leaving a pub in the 100-block Water Street just before midnight Friday, heading east.

Police said his disappearance is out of character and are asking the public for their assistance in locating him. His family is concerned for his safety.

"We are aggressively pursuing this case today and trying to reunite him with his family," Vancouver police Const. Jana McGuinness said Tuesday.

She could not say how many tips police had received on the case, or share any additional details about Huszar.

According to his Facebook page, Huszar had recently graduated with an honours degree in geology from UBC, where he was a member of a student chapter of the Society of Economic Geologists. He played hockey with a recreational league with fellow geology students.

And he was also a member of UBC's G.M. Dawson club (a group that runs field trips and workshops for geology students), and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. student advisory committee.

Huszar went to high school at Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge.

He is described as five-foot-11, 160 pounds, with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.

At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a white-and-blue checked shirt, black dress pants, black shoes and a dark-green tweed coat.

Anyone who sees Huszar is asked to call 911.

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Ian VISSERS

 RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Penticton Regional Hospital elopee patient 

The RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating 46 year old Ian Vissers, who walked away from the Penticton Regional Hospital on November 26, 2011.  Visser has connections to the Lower Mainland and may have made his way to the Vancouver area.    

On November 26, 2011, Ian VISSERS walked away from the Penticton Regional Hospital, where he was being treated under the Mental Health Act.  Investigative efforts and contact leads with family and friends have been exhausted and have not yielded any information about his current whereabouts.

In the past VISSERS has gone to Vancouver's eastside. In the past he has also gone by the alias "Mesusela". VISSERS does have outdoor survival skills and is able to survive in the wilderness for lengthy periods of time with basic equipment.

Ian VISSERS is described as:

Caucasian,  

178 cm(5' 10")

68 KG (150lbs)

brown hair and hazel eyes

Last seen wearing a hospital gown. 

The Penticton RCMP are requesting anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ian VISSERS to contact the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or their local police services.

Allanna Tatchell
Anyone with information on Allanna Tatchell is asked to call their local police department.
Burnaby - Missing 14 year old Female File #2009-15197 2009-04-01 18:32 PDT Fourteen year old Alanna TATCHELL left for school on March 30, 2009 at 845am and has not been seen since. TATCHELL was in contact with her family via the computer at approximately 400pm on March 30th. Her message indicated she would be home soon, but when she had not arrived home by March 31st the Burnaby RCMP were called. On the day she went missing TATCHELL was to be placed into a Foster Home. Additionally, it is believed that TATCHELL has recently become involved with drugs / alcohol and older friends. TATCHELL did leave without her cell phone and many of her belongings. TATCHELL has been known to frequent sky train stations. TATCHELL is described as a white female approximately 5'4", 130lbs who has a scar under her chin. She wears a Medical Alert necklace on her pant belt loops which hangs down. She was last seen wearing multiple sweaters, dark blue jeans, black skater shoes, and to be carrying a purse with a target symbol on it. http://bc.rcmp.ca/digitalAssets/15/15780_TATCHELL_New.JPG TATCHELL's family and the Burnaby RCMP want to ensure TATCHELL is o.k. If anyone has any information on her whereabouts they are asked to call the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or their nearest Police agency. http://bc.rcmp.ca/digitalAssets/15/15780_TATCHELL_New.JPG

Brian Safari Mbaruk
Brian Safari Mbaruk, 21, has been missing since Nov. 18. Police believe the Vancouver man may have been headed for North Vancouver's Baden Powell Trail before he disappeared. A search for Mbaruk was called off late Tuesday.

Search for missing Vancouver man in North Shore mountains called off

By James Weldon, North Shore News November 25, 2011

Brian Safari Mbaruk, 21, has been missing since Nov. 18. Police believe the Vancouver man may have been headed for North Vancouver's Baden Powell Trail before he disappeared. A search for Mbaruk was called off late Tuesday.

Photograph by: Submitted, for North Shore News

North Shore Rescue has suspended a search for a missing Vancouver man after an intensive operation early this week turned up no clues as to his whereabouts.

Brian Safari Mbaruk, 21, disappeared from his home just after breakfast Nov. 18.

An avid hiker, Mbaruk took a large backpack, boots and other outdoor gear with him, leading friends to suspect he had headed to one of his favoured hiking trails near Lynn Creek or Deep Cove.

He hasn’t made contact with family or accessed his bank account since — behaviour which is out of character, according to investigators.

Vancouver police reported the disappearance to North Shore Rescue Tuesday, prompting the volunteer organization to launch a full-scale search involving more than 20 of its members as well as RCMP, parks staff, helicopters and teams from other agencies.

After 14 hours with no sign of the missing man, they called off the effort.

“We just don’t have any more information to go on,” said Tim Jones, team leader with North Shore Rescue.

Investigators are now turning to the public for help.

Mbaruk is black, 21 years old, six feet three inches tall and 170 pounds with short curly black hair and a brown beard. Police say he may be wearing a grey Obey baseball cap, a dark blue jacket, brown work boots and a large backpack.

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Mandeep BAL

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File # 2011-149893
2011-12-08 14:35 PST

Police Continue Search For Missing Indo-Canadian Men

Police Continue Search For Missing Indo-Canadian Men

SURREY – Surrey RCMP are re-appealing to the public for help in locating an indo-Canadian man who went missing just over one month ago.

Mandeep Bal walked away from his family’s residence in the 8900 block of Crichton Drive, Surrey BC on Sunday, October 30th, 2011. He was last seen by family members at the residence at 1:30am.

Bal’s cellular phone was recovered by his family in the Surrey Central area, however, police are still looking to speak with the individual who returned the phone to the family.

Further investigation revealed that Bal was seen by a female pedestrian walking by himself northbound in the 10200 block of King George Boulevard at approximately 3:00am on October 30th.

Surrey RCMP have conducted an extensive search including checks with police, financial institutions, government and community agencies, businesses, associates, and co-workers and still have not located Bal. Family and friends are very concerned for his well-being and report that it is out of character for him to be out of contact for this long.

Bal is described as a South Asian male, 24 years old, 5′11″ tall, 150 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a beard.

Surrey RCMP are also requesting the public’s assistance in locating Bahadur Rawat. Rawat was last seen on 2011-Nov-25 at approximately 19:00 hours. He had been admitted to Surrey Memorial Hospital, and walked away from the Hospital.

Rawat is described as an East Indian Male, approximately 45 years of age, 5 ” 05 ” (165 Cm) tall. 166 lbs (75 Kgs), with dark brown hair and Black eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black suit, black jacket, white shirt, black runner, black cowboy hat, white sunglasses and a tribal necklace.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Bal or Rawat is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Missing Persons Unit at 604-599-0502.


Surrey BC

File: 2011-149893
Date: 2011-11-07

Missing person Mandeep BAL

Please see attached the most recent photos of missing person Mandeep BAL. These photos were taken from video surveillance footage at a liquor establishment in the 8500 block of 132nd Street on October 29th at 10:00pm.
BAL was last seen on October 30, 2011 at 3:00am walking northbound on the east side of King George Boulevard at 102 Avenue. (Please see original release attached).
Anyone with more information about this person's whereabouts is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

File: 2011-149893

Date: 2011-11-01

Missing person - Mandeep BAL

Surrey RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating Mandeep Singh BAL, from Surrey, who was reported missing on October 30, 2011.

Police are specifically making an appeal to the person who located and returned BAL’s mobile phone to identify themselves by calling the Surrey RCMP.

BAL is described as a 24 year old South Asian male, 5'11", 150 lbs, with brown eyes and black wavy hair and a goatee. BAL was last seen wearing blue pajamas and a brown t-shirt. He was last seen departing a family member’s residence in the 8900 block of Crichton Drive at 1:30am after having an argument with a family member. BAL is known to have problems with alcohol and may be suicidal.

Anyone with information about this person’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Taylor Van Diest
Taylor Van Diest, 18, died from serious injuries after she was found lying near a railroad track in Armstrong, B.C. (Facebook)

Re; Taylor Van Diest homicide - Matthew Foerster now facing 1st degree murder charge
 
Investigators with the RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit and the offices of the BC Crown Prosecutor are confirming that there has been an amendment to criminal charges on April 18 2012, regarding Matthew Foerster.
 
Matthew Foerster’s initial charge of second degree murder has been upgraded to 1st degree murder in connection with the homicide death of Taylor Van Diest.
 
The Southeast District Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigative efforts and would like to hear from anyone who has not already spoken to investigators with information about any contact they had with Matthew Foerster on Halloween night 2011.  With the recent release of   his photo and recent video images, we would like to hear from any other witnesses who may have information regarding that night.
 
Investigators also are continuing their efforts in establishing a time line of his travels and activities from December 2011 up to the end of March 2012.
 
The release of these photos and video images were made  in order to advance this investigation and in an effort to determine whether there are any other offenses that need further review.
 
Should anyone have any information regarding these matters, please call the specially created tip line established for this investigation at 1-888-688-4264.
 
Cpl Moskaluk is currently in Kamloops and is providing audio / video clips to media present here and further availability later throughout the day.  

Cpl Dan Moskaluk

BC Communications Services

Senior Media Relations Officer

Southeast District

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Father and son charged in murder of B.C. teen Taylor Van Diest
By Staff Reporter, The Province April 5, 2012 3:12 PM


Matthew Foerster and Stephen Roy Forester have been arrested and charged in connection to the murder of Armstrong, B.C.
teen Taylor Van Diest. Van Diest was killed on Halloween 2011.
Photograph by: Submitted , RCMP

ARMSTRONG — A father and son have been charged in connection to the Halloween murder in Armstrong of 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest.

Matthew Foerster, 26, was arrested April 4 at a hotel in Collingwood, Ont., in connection to the murder.

Investigators arrested Stephen Roy Foerster, at his home in Cherryville, which is just east of Vernon. Both he and his son remain in custody.

Mathew is charged with second-degree murder and sexual assault. His father Steven, 58, is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice, and one count of accessory after-the-fact to murder.

Stephen Foerster is known to police, while Matthew Foerster has no prior criminal record.

Warrants were obtained Tuesday for the father and son. The announcement was made at a press conference in the Armstrong Town Hall today.

At the conference, Taylor's mother, Marie Van Diest, said: " We can finally direct our anger at a face.

"Today is a day of mixed emotions," the teary mother told the media. "We hoped and prayed this day would come and now that it's here, hopefully, we can begin the healing process."

Van Diest, 18, was found beaten and unconscious near railway tracks on Halloween night and died later that night in hospital of head injuries.

Family, friends and RCMP officers found the teen lying in the bushes about three metres from the tracks.

A letter was sent to the RCMP on Nov. 9 warning there would be further attacks. While RCMP worked to verify if the letter was legitimate or a hoax, more than 30 investigators worked the case.

Suspect DNA collected during the investigation was matched to suspect DNA from a 2005 Kelowna sexual assault.

The murder shocked the community and galvanized the police force in the search for the girl's killer.

— With files from Natalie Appleton in Armstrong

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Armstrong
Update: Taylor Van Diest Homicide

2011-11-23 11:04 PST

RCMP connect Taylor Van Diest homicide to 2005 unsolved Kelowna sexual assault

On Wednesday November 23rd, 2011, RCMP investigators announced that DNA evidence collected during their investigation into the homicide of Taylor Van Diest has been linked to suspect DNA from an unsolved Kelowna sexual assault in 2005. Investigators are now releasing a composite drawing of the suspect as he looked in 2005.

The RCMP are asking anyone with information about this suspect to contact police via the dedicated tip line 1-888-688-4264.

Statement by Cpl Dan Moskaluk at news conference Wednesday :

As a result of their efforts, the RCMP investigative team from the Southeast District Major Crimes Unit now have profiled DNA evidence against the person who killed Taylor Van Diest. This DNA is from an unknown male. The investigative team is also announcing this suspect DNA matches the suspect DNA evidence from a sexual assault which occurred in Kelowna in April of 2005. The Kelowna sexual assault remains unsolved.

This suspect DNA sample is not contained within the known offender DNA data bank. Investigators can confirm the match, however, they do not have the outright identity of this person at this time. The investigators are working hard to identify this man although they would appreciate any assistance the public can provide to help them identify this man.

Based on this DNA evidence we believe that the man who killed Taylor Van Diest is the same man who sexually assaulted a Kelowna woman in April of 2005.

In order to safeguard the victim involved in the sexual assault investigation, we are only able to release the following details regarding the 2005 sexual assault.

The sexual assault occurred on April 12, 2005 and was reported to the Kelowna RCMP at that time. We can confirm that the assault occurred inside the Garden of Eden Escort Agency which was then, and still is, located in the downtown area of Kelowna. The victim was an employee of the escort agency at the time of the sexual assault.

The investigative team now have a composite drawing of the suspect as he appeared in 2005. I have that composite drawing displayed here today.

composite sketch of male suspectThe man is described as follows:

·         Caucasian male with a darker skin tone

·         19-20 years of age (making him now 25-26 years old)

·         dark colored eyes possibly brown, with short dark hair

·         between 5'8" and 5'10" with a stocky build. He is not particularly fit or muscular.

·         As you can see on the composite drawing of the man in 2005, he had large distinct side burns and noticeably thick eyebrows.

Please note that the description and this composite drawing are of how he appeared in 2005. (click image for larger version or view the poster here)

We believe the suspect is a resident of the Okanagan Valley. He was a resident of the Okanagan in the spring of 2005 and he was still a resident on Halloween night of this year. It is possible he lived outside of the valley for a period of time from 2005 until 2011.

We also believe that friends, family or associates of this man hold valuable information which will help solve these crimes.

We ask that residents of the Okanagan to think back to the days just prior to Taylor’s murder on Halloween night to see if they recall some form of conflict, or personal upset on the day or days leading up to Halloween. This may include, financial pressures, relationship pressures, job loss or other serious life stressor.

Immediately following the homicide, this young man may have had unexplained visible scratches to his face, neck or arms.

There may have also been changes to his regular routine, such as missed appointments, commitments to work or school.

Friends, family and associates would have likely observed noticeable changes in his mood on or around Halloween night, which may have included a withdrawal or loss of interest in his usual activities, changes in appetite, changes in sleep patterns, irritability, increased use of alcohol or drugs or changes in personal grooming and hygiene.

Although we believe he is a resident of the Okanagan he may have made an unplanned, sudden or unexplained departure from the area shortly after the murder on Halloween night of this year in Armstrong.

This individual may be financially dependent on others or collecting social assistance.

If you have suspicions of someone you know, but have been reluctant to come forward, please help us by contacting our dedicated tip line at 1-888-688-4264, your local RCMP or police service, or provide your information to Crimestoppers.

We once again ask that the general public remain vigilant and continue to take extra personal safety precautions in our communities, particularly in the Central and North Okanagan.

We recommend traveling in a group; or asking parents or friends for a ride. Travel areas of the community that have good visibility. Let family or friends know where you are going and when you expect to arrive. If you have a cell phone carry it. Report any suspicious activity right away.

Released by:

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

Senior Media Relations Officer
South East and North District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: (250) 492-4300
Cell: (250) 863-7433
Fax: (250) 492-4851

Email: dan.moskaluk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Update November 10th Taylor Van Diest homicide investigation

Update November 10th Taylor Van Diest homicide investigation

The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit is providing additional information regarding the letter received at the Armstrong Detachment on November 9th in connection to the murder of Taylor Van Diest. A public tip line has also been activated as of November 10th.

Statement by Cpl Dan Moskaluk on Thursday November 10th:

The letter contains very limited information regarding details of this crime. As a result we are unable to confirm that the letter was, in fact, written by the perpetrator. We would like to hear from the writer again. The investigators would like the writer to contact them by telephone or letter as they would like to create a dialogue to prevent any further violence.

If anyone is aware of the identity of the author of this letter we strongly urge them to contact the police.
As previously stated, the RCMP is taking the appropriate precautionary step of advising the public of the threatening nature of the letter. We are asking that the general public remain vigilant and continue to take extra personal safety precautions in our communities, particularly in the Central and North Okanagan.

Our primary concern remains that of the safety of our communities. We would hope that the person or persons responsible share our concern.

A dedicated tip line has also been opened today, 1-888-688-4264. This line is for all messages and information regarding the Taylor VAN DIEST murder should someone wish to report information to the police.
 
Released by:

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk

Senior Media Relations Officer
South East and North District
1168 Main Street, Penticton B.C. V2A-5E8
Office: (250) 492-4300
Cell: (250) 863-7433
Fax: (250) 492-4851

Email: dan.moskaluk@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Boyfriend made gruesome discovery of dying B.C. teen

By: ctvbc.ca See Video on CTV Web

Date: Thursday Nov. 3, 2011 6:21 PM PT

The boyfriend of a B.C. teen murdered this week was the last to hear from her and the first to find her lying fatally injured, the girl's friends and family say.

Eighteen-year-old Taylor Van Diest died in hospital Monday night after she was found unconscious and seriously hurt near the railroad tracks that run through Armstrong.

She was reported missing after she failed to show up for a rendezvous, and her family says that boyfriend Colton Luttmerding discovered her less than an hour later as she lay dying.

The slain teen's uncle Paul Albert says Luttmerding is not doing well.

"He's being supported well by his family and friends and that's all I can say," Albert told CTV News.

Friends say that Luttmerding received the last text message sent from Van Diest's phone.

"I think someone was following her, because the last text she sent her boyfriend was, ‘I'm being creeped,'" Chantal Cloutier said.

Luttmerding's mother says he is not ready to speak with the media.

Mounties investigating the killing have yet to identify a suspect, but issued more information Thursday about Van Diest's movements shortly before her death in an attempt to solicit more tips.

"She was dressed like a zombie on Halloween evening," RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk said.

"She left her home in Armstrong about 5:50 p.m."

He says officers began their investigation by talking to those who spoke with Van Diest last, and are moving out from there.

Police also set up a roadblock late Thursday near the site where Van Diest was found, stopping all vehicles to ask people whether they saw anything on Halloween night.

In the meantime, Van Diest's family is left to watch and wait for a break in the case.

"Unless they find somebody, I mean, there's no closure for the family until that's done," Albert said.

"The justice system better not fail on this one. Everyone wants of piece of that person -- me too."

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Kent Molgat

By Mike Raptis and Susan Lazaruk, The Province November 5, 2011 2:22 PM

A community in shock over the Halloween-night murder of Armstrong teen Taylor Van Diest will hold a memorial in her honour Sunday, as well as remember victims of other recent Okanagan tragedies.

The event, to be held in Armstrong’s Memorial Park, will give the community a chance to reflect and mourn the deaths of two Lytton children who perished in an October motor-home fire, and an 18-year-old man who died in a workplace accident in September.

Police now know how Van Diest was killed, but they’re not releasing the coroner’s autopsy results for fear it might jeopardize the homicide investigation.

The 18-year-old died after being found unconscious near the railway tracks in her hometown of Armstrong on Halloween night. Police have said she was “severely injured” and her family said she had head injuries.

Kelowna coroner Mark Coleman said an autopsy had been performed and the results forwarded to police, but he couldn’t reveal any details because it was a police matter.

Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP spokesman Gordon Molendyk said in a statement police couldn’t release the results because “right now the only people who know the full details of this death are the pathologist [coroner], a few investigators and the person or persons responsible for this crime. The results of the autopsy are considered ‘hold-back’ evidence in the interests of preserving the integrity of this investigation.”

He said investigators have received more than 100 tips and are following each of them up.

Police have interviewed or will interview anyone close to Van Diest, including her boyfriends, friends and family members, he said.

Another seven officers from the Lower Mainland’s major-crime unit have joined the investigation and now there are more than 40 officers on the case. They are setting up roadblocks to question locals about what they may have seen that night and are knocking on doors.

Investigators clarified the timeline in the release, saying Van Diest, dressed up as a “zombie,” with a white face, black eyes and fake blood on her head and chest, left her home at 5:50 p.m. and walked north on Pleasant Valley Road for about 10 minutes to the railway tracks.

She sent her last message — in which she said she was being “creeped” — at 6 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., her cellphone was found near the tracks and the family reported her missing to the RCMP. She was found unconscious at 8:45 p.m. and died later in a Kelowna hospital.

Police want to determine what she was doing between 5:50 and 8:45 that night, and ask anyone who may have seen her or anything strange around that area to call them.

“The RCMP is doing everything possible to bring this case to a successful conclusion and bring the person or persons responsible to justice, so the family and the community of Armstrong can begin the healing process,” said Molendyk in a release.

He said townspeople are worried and that fear extends to nearby communities of Vernon and Enderby.

Police are reminding people to exercise caution by being aware of their surroundings, including removing earbuds when they walk down the street.

Molendyk said officers will continue to work on the case through the weekend.

A memorial site titled “Taylor Jade Van Diest; Rest in Paradise” can be found on Facebook and donations can be sent to the Van Diest Family Trust Fund at Valley First Credit Union #803536.

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RCMP treating B.C. teen's death as homicide
Taylor Van Diest, 18, died from serious injuries after she was found lying near a railroad track in Armstrong, B.C
CTVNews.ca Staff

Date: Wednesday Nov. 2, 2011 9:49 AM ET

Mounties in Armstrong, B.C. want the public's help with their investigation into the death of an 18-year-old girl who police said was killed on Halloween night.

Taylor Van Diest was discovered lying unconscious and severely injured in a wooded area next to a set of train tracks at 8:45 p.m., about an hour after she was reported missing.

Emergency crews transported the teen to two hospitals that night — first to one in Vernon, then to another in Kelowna — before she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

Investigators spent much of Tuesday searching for clues by combing through the wooded area where friends and family found Van Diest's body. The spot is steps away from a local daycare.

Police are treating Van Diest's death as a homicide, RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk announced at a Tuesday news conference.

"What is known is that Taylor was out (Monday) evening for Halloween. It is not clear who she was to meet with," said Molendyk, who is with the RCMP's Vernon-North Okanagan detachment.

News of Van Diest's murder has sent shockwaves through the teen's hometown.

Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper said the young girl's death has had a visible impact on the community.

"I was downtown earlier today and I just saw two young people hugging and one of them was crying," he said Tuesday.

Friends of Van Diest told CTV British Columbia that the girl was a nice, quiet teen who didn't have any known enemies.

Hundreds of tributes to the teen continued to pour into a Facebook memorial page on Wednesday, with many mourners admitting they didn't know Van Diest personally but were saddened by her death.

"I didn't really know you, but you sure didn't deserve this," began one message. "This hit our town really hard, but we'll all get through it, because I'm sure that's what you would have wanted."

Local police have asked any community members with information to contact RCMP.

"Anyone who may have seen Taylor (Monday) and into the evening hours is asked to call the local police detachment," said Molendyk.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Kent Molgat

B.C. teen dies after being found unconscious in bush

matthew robinson

VANCOUVER— Globe and Mail Update
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When Kirstie Van Diest picked up the telephone and heard a stranger’s voice on her missing twin sister’s cellphone, she feared something was horribly wrong.

Kirstie had been waiting by the phone Monday evening for news, while her family was out searching for Taylor. She could not have known when she received the call that her sister would soon be declared the victim of a homicide.

The 18-year-old from Armstrong, B.C. had been late for a Halloween party by the time they set out to look for her, and the sun had long set.

The call came from local teenagers who said they found her cellphone on the railroad tracks and dialled the number listed as home. The lost phone explained why Taylor’s friends and family had been unable to reach her.

Kirstie said she dialed her family and told them about the call.

Around 8:30 p.m., friends and family found Taylor lying unconscious in a bush near the railway tracks at the 3100 block of Rosedale Avenue.

Taylor was rushed to Vernon Hospital with severe injuries. She was soon transferred to Kelowna General, but later died despite emergency treatment.

The RCMP confirmed Tuesday that the case is being investigated as a homicide. Police have ordered an autopsy.

“I don’t understand how anyone could do this to her,” Kirstie said. “She was like the nicest person. She had a smile that could light up the room.”

Kirstie said Taylor always went out of her way to make people happy. “No one disliked her,” she said.

Even though she was the elder twin by two minutes, Kirstie said she always went to Taylor for help and advice.

“When we were little we would sleep in the same room,” Kirstie recalled through tears. “We finally got our own rooms. The first night we shared the same bedroom. I couldn’t stay alone.”

She added: “I don’t understand how anyone could do this to her. I just want her back.”

Taylor’s uncle, Paul Albert, spoke on behalf of the family. He said Taylor had been planning to hand out candy and trick-or-treat with friends that evening. He said she was walking alone and texting friends on her cellphone when the texts suddenly stopped coming.

Mr. Albert said Taylor’s mother phoned police in the north Okanagan community about the disappearance around 7:30 p.m. He said people started searching for Taylor just after 8 p.m. She was found 45 minutes later.

“You never think of it,” Mr. Albert said. “Especially Halloween night, my God there’s people everywhere.”

Mr. Albert spent the evening at the hospital alongside Taylor’s mother.

“It was very, very horrific,” he said. “The amount of damage that was done to her … they’ve got to find this person. They need to be held accountable.”

Mr. Albert said support for his sister has been overwhelming and thanked the RCMP for their work.

The South East District Major Crime Section is working with the Vernon/North Okanagan Detachment to investigate the homicide.

The Mounties have asked the public to call the local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers with any tips related to the investigation, including exactly who Taylor was en route to meet that evening.

They are asking the public to report any activity that took place around the scene of the crime Monday evening, and are hoping to speak to anyone who saw Taylor that day.

Geraldine Alice Devlin

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Kamloops City
Police Seeking Information on Missing Woman
File # 2011-27534
2011-11-01 12:47 PDT

The Kamloops City RCMP is seeking public assistance in locating and verifying the well being of 61-year-old Geraldine Alice Devlin.

Devlin left her Fleetwood St. home in Kamloops for Vancouver on September 27, 2011 after telling friends that she was going to see a former health care provider in Vancouver. She departed in the family’s 2002 grey Dodge Caravan with BC plate 868-JLK did not pack any clothes or toiletries for this trip.
Devlin suffers from mental illness and requires daily medication. Her abrupt departure has left friends and family concerned about her safety and well being. Her presence in the Vancouver and Victoria area has been confirmed through financial records however she has had no reported contact since the first week in October. Her vehicle was towed from the 1200 block of Howe Street on October 3rd as a result of a By-Law Parking check.
Devlin is described as a 61-year-old white female with grey hair and brown eyes. She is 5’ 7” tall and weighs 122 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding Geraldine Alice Devlin is asked to contact Cst Kent Novakowski of the Kamloops City RCMP, their local police in jurisdiction or Crimestoppers.

Gary Thomas ORGIL

England
Possibly in Northern BC
Prince George
Police Look For Traveling Outdoorsman
File # Prince George 2011-31140
2011-10-24 15:40 PDT
October 24, 2011
Prince George, BC
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The Prince George RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating a traveling man believed to be in North Central BC.

On October 21st, 2011, RCMP in Ottawa received a request from relatives in Europe looking to locate 52 year old Gary Thomas ORGIL, Photo of Gary Thomas ORGILwho is visiting Canada from England. Family are concerned for ORGIL, as he has a medical condition and may need help.

ORGIL has been traveling through Canada, primarily by hitchhiking. He checked out of a motel in Jasper on October 5th and was checked by RCMP hitchhiking in McBride on October 6th, 2011. At that time, he advised the officer that he was heading to Prince George.

ORGIL is described as a Caucasian male with light brown hair and a thick goatee and moustache. He quite often wears red hiking pants and almost always has two walking poles. Please see the attached photo.

If you have any information about Gary Thomas ORGIL or where he might be, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or your local police, quoting the Prince George file number above.

Julian GORDZIEJEWSKI

Burnaby BC

Missing male - Julian GORDZIEJEWSKI

File # 2011-45142

2011-10-16 22:11 PDT

Burnaby BC: On the evening of October 14th, 2011 Burnaby RCMP received a complaint of a missing male Julian GORDZIEJEWSKI, age 50 of Coquitlam BC. Julian was last seen at Burnaby General Hospital located at 3935 Kincaid Street in Burnaby British Columbia by friends.

Burnaby RCMP need to speak with Julian to ensure his well being. Julian was upset when last seen by friends and police are concerned for his well being.

Julian is described as the following:

Caucasian male, 6'1" tall, slim build, short dark hair, scruffy facial hair, plastic framed glasses, and was last seen wearing a dark T-Shirt and dark pants.

Julian may be driving a grey 2001 Audi A6 with a British Columbia licence plate number 597 TEV.

Police are requesting the public's assistance in locating Julian. Anyone with any information on his whearabouts, the location of his vehicle, or who may have seen him since October 14th, 2011 is asked to call the Burnaby RCMP at  604-294-7922  Police are continuing their investigation and are hopeful that someone can offer information that will lead to locating Julian.

 

Angeline Eileen Pete

Missing for three years
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Where is Angeline Pete?  Family renews search for North Vancouver woman 

By Stephanie Ip, The Province May 29, 2014 6:29 PM
The family of a missing North Vancouver woman made an emotional plea for information Thursday, just days after the third anniversary of her disappearance.

Angeline Pete, 32, was last seen leaving her home on May 25, 2011. Her family believed she may have been travelling with a carnival, and didn’t report Pete as a missing person until August of that year.

Pete’s mother Molly, grandmother, and aunt gathered at the North Vancouver RCMP detachment Thursday before media cameras and reporters to seek help in locating Pete, whose 10-year-old son remains in the care of family.

“There are days when I can’t even sleep, you know, wondering where she is or what happened to her,” said mother Molly.

“There’s days I walk through the streets, hoping to find — bump into her.”

Cpl. Richard De Jong said the file remains a priority for the North Vancouver detachment and that serious crimes investigators have been actively working “with a view in determining Pete’s well-being.”

“It has been a difficult time for Angeline’s family, as they have been waiting for any news of her whereabouts,” said De Jong.

To date, more than 150 tips have been received by police, and a number of polygraph exams have been conducted.

Pete’s family has also remained committed to their reward of $5,000, offered to anyone who can provide information that helps solve the case.

“At this point in the investigation, police have no evidence of an offence,” De Jong said.

Pete is described as an aboriginal woman, standing 5-foot-4, and about 150 pounds. She was last seen with long dark hair but has been known to dye her hair. Pete has brown eyes and wears contacts. She also has a butterfly tattoo on her chest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Gord Reid or Const. Jaime Myles with the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.

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North Vancouver RCMP provide information on Angeline Pete missing person investigation

File # 2011-12-06
2011-12-06 14:31 PST

In response to recent media coverage regarding Ms. Angeline Pete, the North Vancouver RCMP would like to bring clarification and account to this active investigation.

"The disappearance of Angeline Pete is, and always has been, a priority for North Vancouver RCMP," says Inspector Chris Kennedy, head of the North Vancouver RCMP. "I am confident our investigators have taken all appropriate actions - including two file reviews and the investigation of nearly 100 tips. I want to assure the public we are actively working to locate Ms. Pete and ensure her safety."

The RCMP appreciates and recognizes the significant role media plays in assisting the police with all missing persons. The following details are being shared with the public with hopes it will reach someone who will be able to assist investigators.

- On May 25, 2011, Ms. Pete became aware of an arrest warrant issued for failing to appear in court.

- On May 26, 2011, Ms. Pete was last seen by a friend when she left her residence in North Vancouver.

- On August 08, 2011, Ms. Pete was first reported to the police as missing by Ms. Molly Dixon, her mother. The initial phase of this investigation on this date included Ms. Pete being entered on CPIC, conducting interviews with associates, developing a timeline to track her last known activities and sending a request to Alberta police agencies to check their databases. A review of initial investigative actions by both the supervisor and the Detachment Operations Officer was also conducted.

- On August 09, 2011 checks with a past employer, outreach workers in the downtown east side, Vancouver Police, corrections, immigration and social welfare agencies in BC and Alberta all commenced. Police attended addresses of interest to locate Ms. Pete or find any associates.

- On August 10 information from financial institutions commenced in order to check for any account activity. The family was contacted and a list of family members was obtained for follow-up over the next few days.

- On August 16, 2011, the file was reviewed again. No firm leads had been identified. North Vancouver RCMP issued a press release appealing to the public for any information regarding Ms. Pete. Over the next few days numerous enquiries were made including on social networking accounts. Regular contact continued with the complainant to share information.

- On August 24, 2011 two RCMP officers canvassed the downtown east side with Ms. Pete’s photo. Additional tasks, including the obtaining of familial DNA and dental records, were assigned. From this point the file was worked on every day and new tips that were received regarding possible contacts that were actioned immediately.

- On September 13, 2011, the North Vancouver Serious Crime Unit took over the investigation.

- On October 3, 2011, a second press release was issued with an updated picture of Ms. Pete. At the request of the family, the issue of Ms. Pete’s warrant was removed from the police website to emphasize that the goal was to locate her and confirm her safety.

- On October 24, 2011, Corporal De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP participated in a press conference alongside Pete's family members. The press conference was held in front of the Missing Women Inquiry in Downtown Vancouver.

- On November 1, 2011, a third press release was issued, with an update on possible locations where Ms. Pete may have traveled.

Since receiving the missing person report on August 8th, 2011, police have met with the Pete family on two separate occasions and had regular telephone contact to provide detailed briefings on the progress of the case and share information. As of December 05, 2011, almost one hundred tips have been investigated. Several people have told investigators that they have seen or spoken to Ms. Pete since May of 2011 but investigators have not been able to corroborate these reports. As recently as this week, there was an unconfirmed report received of Ms. Pete’s whereabouts which is being followed up by investigators. This information has been shared with the family. This matter remains an active missing person investigation with the purpose of locating Ms. Pete and ensuring her safety. While foul play cannot be ruled out, there is no evidence as yet that this has occurred.

Once again police are asking that if the public has any information that may assist investigators, they are asked to call Corporal Gord Reid at 604-969-7515 or Corporal Mike Kokkoris at 604-969-7516 at the North Vancouver RCMP Detachment.
Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call CRIME STOPPERS at 1(800) 222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

Inspector Chris Kennedy
Officer in Charge
North Vancouver RCMP Detachment


Quatsino Village close to (PT.Hardy) BC

Angeline Pete still missing on 29th birthday, seven months after her disappearance

 By suzanne fournier, The Province December 4, 2011

Molly Dixon, mother of missing woman Angeline Pete sits inside the Union of BC Indian Chiefs office in Vancouver on Dec. 1. Pete will be 29-year-old on Monday and the family is desperate to locate her.

Molly Dixon, mother of missing woman Angeline Pete sits inside the Union of BC Indian Chiefs office in Vancouver on Dec. 1. Pete will be 29-year-old on Monday and the family is desperate to locate her.

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop, PNG

Angeline Pete is a vibrant, athletic, caring young mom raised by her grandmother in a loving home.

Monday, Dec. 5, is Angeline’s 29th birthday, and instead of a celebration it will be a day when a loving circle of friends and family will focus on how or why Angeline has vanished, and why police don’t seem to be moving heaven and earth to find her.

Angeline’s mother Molly Dixon has been tirelessly searching the streets of Vancouver for any clues to her daughter’s disappearance in May, 2011. The young mother of a seven-year-old boy has her face printed on posters all over the Downtown Eastside, where she fled last spring after suffering severe domestic violence.

“I love my grandaughter and I miss her so much. She has a good heart and wherever she is, she deserves to be treated as kind as she is to everybody else,” said her grandma Eileen Nelson, apologizing for breaking into tears.

“I can’t sleep, I don’t know where she could be, because she called me every day, sometimes three times a day. She knows I love her and I worry.”

Nelson still lives on the Gusgimukw First Nation reserve near Port Hardy where Angeline grew up, a strong, fun-loving girl involved in every sport from volleyball to hockey, winning six ceremonial coppers in tournaments.

“I don’t think the police are trying hard enough to find Angeline,” confesses Nelson. “Other people, there’s a big search but when my granddaughter’s picture is on TV, it just flashes up and then it’s gone.”

Dixon, 45, came to Vancouver two months ago to look for Angeline and the stress of the search is showing. She has gone to shelters and women’s centres looking for Angeline, places she says police still haven’t looked.

Dixon says she is angry at the Vancouver police and the RCMP in North Vancouver -- where Angeline was reported missing -- for not doing enough to find her daughter. Angeline was living with her fiance, Rob Calden, and Dixon is furious that police have let Calden travel from Canada to South America.

“We meet with the RCMP and all they have is information we gave them two months ago,” says Dixon. “Is my daughter just another missing First Nations woman on a poster to them? She was not a sex trade worker addicted to drugs.

“I had many women friends who went missing, police didn’t care about them and they turned out to be victims of (serial killer) Robert Pickton.

“How could this happen to my Angeline?”

Dixon says that the VPD and North Vancouver RCMP insist that every missing woman is taken seriously, but now that it has happened to her daughter, she no longer believes them.

“Nothing changes, we are just more missing First Nations women to police,” says Dixon, recalling the many missing women memorial marches she has attended.

Angeline adored her mom, says her grandmother.

“She would brush and curl my hair, and hold onto me so tight,” said Dixon, remembering the good times when she visited her daughter.

Nelson said Angeline travelled up north to visit her shortly before she disappeared, with her new boyfriend Calden, a Saulteaux native man who was a “senior youth worker” for the Squamish Nation.

“Angeline said they met on the Internet,” Nelson said.

“She put on the computer a photo of herself with a split lip and all her friends said, ‘Leave him’. The North Van RCMP even witnessed him hitting her. They charged him because Angeline was afraid, but he got off scot-free.”

North Vancouver RCMP confirm Calden was charged with assaulting Pete, but charges were stayed.

Dixon last spoke to her daughter on May 19, the same week Angeline called her grandmother.

Angeline’s cousin Cindy, with whom she spent time in the Downtown Eastside, sleeping at the First United Church shelter, said she last saw Angeline getting unwillingly into a truck driven by Calden.

North Van RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong said police have interviewed Calden but would not comment further, saying it is “an active investigation.”

“We take this case very seriously. We have gone the extra mile putting out press releases and putting up posters,” said De Jong, denying the Mounties have been anything less than diligent in looking for Angeline Pete.

“I’ve seen the file and it’s very lengthy,” said De Jong. “We’re working very closely with the family. They’ve been in here twice.”

VPD spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness said missing persons investigators met with RCMP in late October.

“We will continue to assist the North Vancouver RCMP in their investigation by sharing any information that might surface here in Vancouver in the future,” said McGuinness.

“Our investigators know firsthand that when a loved one goes missing, it is devastating for families.”

Squamish Nation councillor Krisandra Jacobs said that Calden “is no longer an employee and we are liaising with North Van RCMP in an ongoing investigation.”

Carol Martin of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, who has been helping Dixon, says it is “disturbing that not only has another aboriginal woman gone missing, but the cross-jurisdictional nature of the case, and the police resources and action, once again, are making things even worse.

“We were witness to the system’s gross negligence as well as racism and sexism in finding missing women in the 1990s, just as we are today.”

sfournier@theprovince.com

Vigil for missing mom

vigil.jpgQuatsino-born Angeline Pete, a mom of a young boy, is still missing and may have disappeared on the so-called Highway of Tears.

Published: November 23, 2011 10:00 AM

The Comox Valley Transition Society is sponsoring a vigil for Angeline Pete, a young aboriginal woman originally from Quatsino who’s been missing from her home in North Vancouver since May.

Family members say Angeline was beaten and “had her lip split open” the night before she went missing.

Police have since turned the case over to the serious crime unit.

There is grave concern about Pete’s well-being as she has not contacted family and friends and there has been no activity in her bank account.

Angeline grew up in Quatsino and has family and friends in the Comox Valley.

When Angeline’s cousin, Tracy Glover, recently  approached the Transition Society to ask for help with a vigil, “We knew right away this was something we wanted to support her with,” said Anne Davis, program co-ordinator at the Transition Society.

“Our agency works every day with women who have been assaulted, and with their families,” she said.

“More than 500 Canadian aboriginal women are missing and/or have been murdered over the last couple of decades.”

Angeline’s family held a press conference last month in front of the building where the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry is reviewing the police investigation into the disappearance of scores of women from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Angeline’s aunt said her niece was a free spirit, but “never a druggie” and always stayed in contact with her family.

There’s been recent information Angeline may have hitchhiked north through B.C. along Highway 16, the Highway of Tears where many aboriginal women have disappeared over the last few decades.

“We all miss her and want to bring her home safe and sound,” said cousin Tracy.

“She has a seven-year-old son who misses her a great deal and doesn’t understand why his mom isn’t around.”

The vigil will be held on the lawn of the Courtenay courthouse, 5 p.m  Nov. 23-2011

North Vancouver
*Update* on missing Angeline PETE

File # 2011-22463
2011-11-01 09:58 PDT

The North Vancouver RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit continues to investigatepicture of A. PETE the disappearance of Angeline PETE.

Police are actively following up on information that may lead to PETE’s current whereabouts.

PETE may have travelled to or through the following communities of BC and/or Alberta: Kamloops - 100 Mile House - Surrey - Cranbrook - Sparwood - Grande Prairie (AB) - Lethbridge (AB)
 

PETE was last seen in May of 2011 and was reported missing to police by her family on August 08, 2011. All efforts to locate her have proven negative. Investigation conducted thus far has concluded that PETE has not made any contact with her close family or friends which is concerning to all.
 

Furthermore, investigators have determined that PETE has not accessed any of her personal social media websites or her financial accounts since her disappearance.

Information has surfaced that PETE may have hitch hiked her way north through the province and possibly into Alberta but investigators have not yet been able to corroborate this information. The fact that PETE may have hitch hiked through BC naturally raises the concern for her safety.

Angeline’s mother has two messages; one to the general public and one to her daughter:

  • “I am reaching out to anybody who knows my daughter for her safe return home”
  • “We just need to know that you are safe and sound and well looked after. Please call home. We love you Princess”


Angeline PETE is described as:

  • Aboriginal: age - 28 years old, height -163cm (5"4") - weight -68kg (150lbs)
  • long dark hair (known to occasionally dye it) brown eyes (wears contacts)
  • has a tattoo of a butterfly on her chest


If you have seen Angeline PETE or know of her whereabouts please contact Cst. Jaime Myles (604)969-7519 or Cpl. Michael Kokkoris (604)969-7516 of the North Vancouver RCMP Serious Crime Unit.

Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call CRIME STOPPERS at 1(800) 222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

Family of missing woman to make their point outside missing women inquiry
By Ian Austin, The Province October 23, 2011 4:04 PM

Molly Dixon, who’s daughter Angeline Eileen Pete has been missing since May 2011, spoke at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs meeting in Vancouver earlier this month.

Molly Dixon, who’s daughter Angeline Eileen Pete has been missing since May 2011, spoke at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs meeting in Vancouver earlier this month.

When the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry reconvenes Monday, family members of modern-day missing woman Angeline Pete will ask police to renew their efforts to find her.

Like many of the inquiry’s missing women, Pete is aboriginal, originally from the Quatsino First Nation.

Like many of the inquiry’s missing women, not much has been said nor heard about the 28-year-old’s disappearance.

“Angeline always stayed in contact with her family, particularly her grandmother in Port Hardy,” said her mother, Molly Dixon. “She would never just disappear.”

Dixon will join family members and advocates for a 9:30 a.m. news conference Monday outside the inquiry at 701 W. Georgia St.

“It is once again disturbing that not only has another aboriginal woman gone missing, but that another mother of a missing aboriginal woman needs advocates to get any attention paid to the circumstances of her daughter’s disappearance,” said victim services worker Carol Martin.

“We were witness to the system’s gross negligence as well as racism and sexism in investigating the missing women in the 1990s, as we are today.”

Pete went missing in May.

North Vancouver RCMP sent out a missing-person bulletin in August, along with a description: 5-foot-4, 150 pounds, long dark hair (known to occasionally dye it), brown eyes (wears contacts), with a butterfly tattoo on her chest.

In October, police issued a follow-up news release, along with quotes from Dixon.

“I am reaching out to anybody who knows my daughter for her safe return home,” Dixon was quoted in the second release. “We just need to know that you are safe and sound and well looked after.

“Please call home. We love you princess.”

The October release also had an update on Pete’s possible trail since her disappearance:

“Information has surfaced that Pete may have hitchhiked her way north through the province and possibly into Alberta, but investigators have not yet been able to corroborate this information,” read the release. “The fact that Pete may have hitchhiked through B.C. naturally raises the concern for her safety.”

The release also gave many possible B.C. locations for Pete’s whereabouts: Kamloops, Surrey, Cranbrook, Sparwood, Alert Bay, Port Hardy, and Prince Rupert, as well as Grande Prairie, Alta.

iaustin@theprovince.com

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MISSING: since May 2011 "Angeline Eileen Pete" 28 a young Gusgimukw woman, from Quatsino Village close to (PT.Hardy) was last seen in North Vancouver.

First Nations: height -163cm (5"4") - weight -68kg (150lbs) - age: 28 years old, long dark hair (known to occasionally dye it) brown eyes (wears contacts)

 

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Angeline Eileen Pete they are requested to contact: Quatsino Band 250-949-6245 and ask for Cary-lee Calder (her Aunt) or Eileen Nelson (her grandma) 250-949-7572

PLEASE HELP US FIND HER AND BRING HER HOME TO HER SON AND FAMILY, GILAKASLA (THANK YOU) CHIEF TOM NELSON

Angeline PETE

North Vancouver
Missing woman case now a serious crime: North Van RCMP

The case of a missing North Vancouver woman (Angeline Pete ) is now under investigation as a serious crime.

Angeline Pete, 28, was last seen in May when her family reported her missing to the North Vancouver RCMP. All efforts to locate her since have been unsuccessful and police said Monday that Pete has not accessed any of her personal social networking accounts or bank accounts since her disappearance.

North Vancouver RCMP spokesman Cpl. Richard De Jong said Monday that the investigation into Pete's disappearance has now been turned over to the department's serious crimes section after information surfaced that Pete may have hitchhiked her way north through B.C. and possibly into Alberta.

Police released two statements from Pete's mother Monday; one a plea for help from the public, and the other a personal message to her daughter:

"I am reaching out to anybody who knows my daughter for her safe return home," the first statement read. "We just need to know that you are safe and sound and well looked after. Please call home. We love you, Princess," read the second.

North Vancouver Mounties said that although Pete has an outstanding warrant for arrest, their primary concern is her safe return.

Police said Pete may have recently travelled through the communities of Alert Bay, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Surrey, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Sparwood and Grand Prairie, AB.

Angeline Pete is a 28-year-old aboriginal woman, 5' 4" tall and approximately 150 pounds with long dark hair which she occasionally dyes. Pete has brown eyes, wears contact lenses and has a tattoo of a butterfly on her chest.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Const. Jaime Myles at 604-969-7519 or Cpl. Michael Kokkoris at 604-969-7516 in the North Vancouver RCMP Serious Crime Unit.

Anyone wishing to report anonymously can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at bccrimestoppers.com.

tcoyne@northshoreoutlook.com

twitter.com/toddcoyne
Missing North Vancouver Woman

File # 2011-22463
2011-08-16 11:36 PDT

The North Vancouver RCMP are requesting the assistance of the general public in locating a missing North Vancouver woman.

The family and friends of Angeline PETE are concerned as to her whereabouts as she has not been seen or heard from since May, 2011. She may have traveled to Alberta with inquires there turning up negative.

picture of PETEAngeline PETE is described as:
Aboriginal: height -163cm (5"4") - weight -68kg(150lbs) - age: 28 years old

- long dark hair (known to occasionally dye it) brown eyes (wears contacts)

- has a tattoo of a butterfly on her chest

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Angeline PETE they are requested to contact the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311.

Anyone who wants to remain anonymous can call CRIME STOPPERS at 1(800) 222-8477 or leave a TIP online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

Tyler Eugene FETTERLY

Prince George BC

FEDDERLY now considered missing

On October 19th, 2011, the Prince George RCMP issued a media release requesting to speak to Tyler Eugene FETTERLY, a 26 year old Prince George man.  FETTERLY is now believed to be missing.

Since the initial media release, significant efforts have been made by friends, family and police to locate Tyler, but have been unsuccessful.  Tyler was last seen in Prince George in early October. 

Tyler Eugene FETTERLY is described as a Caucasian male, 178 cm (5'10"), 73 kg (161 lbs), with blue eyes and a bald head or short brown hair.

Anyone that may know his where-a-bouts, are requested to contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-TIPS (8477), online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES using keyword "pgtips".

Police Seek Help Locating Local Man

The Prince George RCMP are requesting to speak with Tyler Eugene FETTERLY, a 26 year old Prince George man.  FETTERLY is not a suspect, merely a person who may have information necessary to further a police investigation.

FETTERLY is described as a Caucasian male, 178 cm (5'10"), 73 kg (161 lbs), with blue eyes and a bald head or short brown hair.

FETTERLY or anyone that may know his where-a-bouts, are requested to contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-TIPS (8477), online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES using keyword "pgtips".


Cynthia's News Release

I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life-Ghandi

Our family has come forward publicly to speak on behalf of Cindy and the importance of  recognizing who she was as a person and to highlight the urgency to ensure safety for all women in our society. Cindy had a right to live, to overcome her struggles, to become strong, and to be the mother she wanted to be.

      The programs in Prince George available for struggling persons are what brought Cindy to Prince George for help. Cindy  was a social victim of disability, ethnicity, class, gender as well as suffering the greatest indignity as a victim of murder, she is a poster child for vulnerability in our society. We would like Canada to strengthen the human rights of women, to provide policies and legislation which protect the vulnerable in our society. We are asking those in leadership to increase the funding for victims of violence, mental health and addictions.  Our family would like journalists to please refrain from highlighting gender and lifestyle descriptions  as it numbs public empathy and  detracts from  focusing on the  brutal murder, in essence it does not help  to prevent further injustices against women. We are concerned about all the other unsolved missing and murdered women. Murders do not just harm families but our society is harmed as we forget and are numbed by senseless violence perpetrated against women portrayed as deserving of death. Our family acknowledges society does not intend to harm the disabled through lack of opportunity, or the aboriginal through racism, or the female through classification and role distribution, but the harm is evident  as women in Canada continue to struggle. Our family would like to see police around Canada attain the resources they need to solve these crimes as they occur. We would like to thank the investigative team from the RCMP detachment in Prince George who worked diligently and with great sensitivity to our families.

The Maas family

Trial for accused B.C. serial killer could take up to a year

 Prince George Citizen October 31, 2011 4:59 PM

PRINCE GEORGE — The trial of an accused B.C. serial killer could take up to a year to be heard, a courtroom was told Monday.

Cody Alan Legebokoff, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women and a blind teenage girl.

Crown prosecutor Lara Vizsolyi said Monday that although she estimates the trial will take six months to a year to complete, she has no estimate on when it will begin.

The Crown has elected to proceed by direct indictment on all four charges, which means there will be no preliminary hearing, and Legebokoff will face a single trial before a jury.

Legebokoff appeared in court in Prince George on Monday looking pale with his head shaved and wearing red prison garb.

He has been behind bars since November 2010, when he was charged with killing 15-year-old Loren Leslie.

The legally blind teenager told her family she was going out for coffee with a friend and never returned.

Legebokoff was arrested after an RCMP officer from Fort St. James, B.C., spotted a truck turning out of a unused logging road the evening Leslie disappeared.

He pulled over and questioned the driver before calling in a conservation officer to investigate whether the man had been illegally hunting.

The conservation official traced the tire tracks back down the logging road and found the teen dead in the snow. Leslie had been murdered just hours before, RCMP said at the time.

After an extensive investigation involving U.S. forensic experts, Legebokoff was charged in the deaths of Jill Stacey Stuchenko, Cynthia Frances Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery.

Stuchenko, 35, was reported missing in October 2009 and found dead four days later in a gravel pit on the outskirts of Prince George.

Maas, 35, and Montgomery, 23, were both reported missing on the same day in September 2010. Maas's body was found in a Prince George park the following month but Montgomery's body has never been found.

Police have not released details of how any of the women were killed.

Legebokoff was raised in Fort St. James, where he was arrested, and also lived in Lethbridge, Alta. He was an "avid user of social media and technology" where he was known by the moniker 1CountryBoy, RCMP said.

"Our investigation indicates he extensively utilized social media and online dating to correspond with friends, associates, potential girlfriends and others," police said in an Oct. 17 news release announcing the latest charges.

Legebokoff was not on the RCMP's "radar screen" before his unusual arrest just hours after Leslie's slaying, police said.

He does not have a criminal record.

RCMP said Legebokoff is not a suspect in the 18 murders and disappearances along the so-called Highway of Tears because of his age.

The slayings along the highway that connects Prince George and Prince Rupert, B.C., date back to the 1970s.

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B.C. mom comforted that daughter’s killing may have saved lives

sunny dhillon

VANDERHOOF, B.C.— From Saturday's Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 9:45PM EDT

Last updated Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 9:48PM EDT

Donna Leslie looks a her daughter Loren's photo at her home in Vanderhoof. Leslie sits on a casket made for Loren, was signed by her friends in the comminity. Loren was cremated and here ashes are kept in Loren's Eeyore pillow bag. - Donna Leslie looks a her daughter Loren's photo at her home in Vanderhoof. Leslie sits on a casket made for Loren, was signed by her friends in the comminity. Loren was cremated and here ashes are kept in Loren's Eeyore pillow bag. | David Mah

Donna Leslie scoffs at the term “closure.” She says there’s no end to the tragedy she has endured since her 15-year-old daughter, Loren, was found slain along a desolate logging road last November.

But as Ms. Leslie sits in her living room, clutching a plush Eeyore backpack that holds a velvet bag containing Loren’s ashes, she talks at length about where she does find comfort.

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“Her death was a catalyst in stopping a serial killer,” she says, at times fighting back tears.

For months, the mother of three struggled to understand why anyone would want to hurt her middle child. RCMP announced this week that the young man charged with killing Loren is accused of three more slayings.

It’s strange, Ms. Leslie admits, but hearing that her daughter was the victim of an alleged serial killer – that she did nothing to provoke the attack – made the situation a little easier to bear.

The same, she said, is true of knowing that Cody Legebokoff, the 21-year-old charged with four counts of first-degree murder, was taken into custody immediately after Loren’s death. Her daughter’s killing, Ms. Leslie says, may have saved the lives of others.

“It gives a meaning to why she had to die, rather than just because [someone] felt like killing her,” says Ms. Leslie, a 50-year-old social worker.

At the family’s townhouse in the central British Columbia community of Vanderhoof, Loren’s photos are splashed all over the walls. In the living room, the pine coffin made by a family friend in which the visually impaired teen was to be buried has been turned into a makeshift piece of furniture. (By the time forensic testing was done and Loren’s remains were returned, the family opted for cremation.) The casket has been filled with Loren’s belongings, and her friends have scrawled messages on its side. A couple of mattresses balance on top and Ms. Leslie – who’s recovering from a broken leg – uses it as a bed.

“It makes me feel closer to her,” she says. “I just look forward to seeing her again, in heaven.”

Ms. Leslie, who had not spoken publicly about her daughter’s death until this week, says her daughter never mentioned her accused killer. She believes the two met through mutual friends and then chatted on Facebook.

Up the road in Mr. Legebokoff’s hometown of Fort St. James, residents have just as many questions about what happened, how someone who grew up in their midst could be accused of being a serial killer.

School officials say Mr. Legebokoff was an unremarkable student. He played hockey and competed in snowboarding and skiing events. His family is well known because they used to own a local lumber mill.

A trial date for Mr. Legebokoff has not been set, and his family declined to be interviewed for this story. Mr. Legebokoff’s lawyer also declined comment.

Acting mayor Brenda Gouglas says the small community of 1,350 people is still reeling from the murder charges. On the street, residents agree – and most express their sympathy for what Mr. Legebokoff’s parents must be going through.

A woman who works at a hair salon says her daughter was Mr. Legebokoff’s roommate in Prince George before he was arrested and their apartment raided. The woman once stayed with her daughter and didn’t have any misgivings about Mr. Legebokoff. She declined to comment further.

Doug Leslie, Loren’s father, has started a foundation in his daughter’s name to raise awareness of the everyday dangers kids face. Loren’s mother says her daughter was very trusting and wouldn’t have considered that anyone wanted to hurt her.

The details of how Loren died haven’t been released, even to her parents. Mr. Leslie doesn’t want to know – it won’t change anything, he says. Loren’s mother disagrees. “I have to know what the last hours were like,” she says.

When asked what she remembers most, how happily her daughter lived, or how tragically she died, Ms. Leslie doesn’t hesitate. She launches into a story from when Loren was 4, and her younger sister, 2 at the time, had broken her collarbone.

“She had to sleep on the couch for a few weeks so we didn’t have to move her around from the bed to the living area. Loren insisted on sleeping on the floor so that if her sister rolled and fell off, she could land on something soft,” she says with a laugh.

“Her whole focus was on caring for other people.”

With a report from Ian Bailey

Tens of thousands of text messages linked to accused serial killer

ian bailey  AND sunny dhillon

VANCOUVER AND PRINCE GEORGE— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 10:27PM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 11:00PM EDT

Tens of thousands of text messages tied to accused serial killer Cody Legebokoff – also known online as 1CountryBoy – are part of the police focus into allegations that the 21-year-old murdered four women in northern B.C., the RCMP say.

“Just over the course of a couple of months, there were an extraordinary number of text messages,” RCMP Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick said Tuesday, adding the material that “caused a lot of work” for officers is part of the police investigation.

Police are asking anyone who had any contact with Mr. Legebokoff to contact them. “There’s a possibility he’s meeting people online and that a lot of these people may be people we want to talk to,” Insp. Fitzpatrick said. “They may have information. He may have corresponded with them. He may have tried to meet them. They may know where’s been.”

In one message on the social-media site nexopia, someone with the 1CountryBoy handle quotes from the 2009 Justin Moore country-music song Backwoods. The section quoted includes a reference to “a real good life in the backwoods.”

Mr. Legebokoff has been in custody since he was detained last November while driving away from a logging road near Vanderhoof, where officers found the remains of 15-year-old Loren Leslie, who reportedly knew Mr. Legebokoff. Insp. Fitzpatrick declined to elaborate on that point Tuesday, saying it was “close to the evidence.”

This week, RCMP disclosed Mr. Legebokoff is facing three further first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three women. All were reported missing between 2009 and 2010. Police found the remains of two, but have enough evidence to charge Mr. Legebokoff in all three.

The victims are 35-year-old Jill Stuchenko, who worked for an escort service and was found in October, 2009; Cynthia Maas, also 35, found in October, 2010, in an area frequented by prostitutes; and 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery, whose remains have yet to be found.

Mr. Legebokoff’s arrest last November was shock enough to residents of his hometown of Fort St. James in north-central B.C., but the dismay escalated with the new allegations.

“It’s just a rekindling of the shock and sadness we felt last November,” said acting mayor Brenda Gouglas. “The community is reeling once again.”

While Ms. Gouglas said that while she does not personally know Mr. Legebokoff, residents have told her there was nothing about his nature to warn of his current troubles. “I picture this as being something so totally out of character for this young man.”

She said of his parents, “They’re just hard-working, regular citizens in our community who have been here for quite a long time.”

On Tuesday, school superintendent Charlene Seguin said the chilling developments were at odds with the young man teachers recall as a student in the community’s secondary school. He graduated in 2008 and moved to Prince George, where he worked at a car dealership for about a year.

“He was a typical kid. There was nothing remarkable – I use the word to say there is nothing that would point us in this direction,” Ms. Seguin said.

She said Mr. Legebokoff has an older brother, who has graduated, and a younger sister who remains at the school.

While the entire community of about 1,500 is in shock, she said, the anxiety is especially acute among Mr. Legebokoff’s former teachers. “Staff members who have worked with the young man in the past are having some difficulty in coming to terms with yesterday’s news as you would expect,” she said.

Mr. Legebokoff was already facing a direct indictment in the first murder allegation involving Ms. Leslie. But Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said it’s too soon to say whether the new allegations will also proceed by such an indictment, which avoids the need for a preliminary hearing.

Elliott Leyton, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology known for his expertise in serial killers, said it’s unusual to have serial-killing allegations against someone alleged to have begun killing while a teenager, as the Crown is suggesting.

“The vast majority of serial killers are between 25 and 55. They cluster in there. Occasionally, there is someone in their 60s, but I have never heard of one in their teens,” said Mr. Leyton, of Memorial University in St. John’s.

He said the science in the field suggests serial killers act in response to social pressures that escalate in adulthood, and that a “killing campaign” also requires an organizational ability associated with adulthood “to think things through.”

B.C. sex workers feel safer after accused serial killer charged, says advocate

 By Gordon Hoekstra, Postmedia News October 18, 2011 6:51 PM

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The arrest of an accused serial killer in northern B.C. is a "big deal" for sex workers, says the head of a Prince George organization.

Jan Wilson, who works with women in the sex trade as the co-ordinator of the Prince George New Hope Society, said they will feel safer now that charges have been laid in the murders of Jill Stacey Stuchenko and Cynthia Frances Maas. Both 35-year-old mothers had worked as prostitutes in Prince George.

"It's a big deal. This will definitely take a burden off of them," Wilson said Tuesday.

Cody Alan Legebokoff is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Stuchenko, Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery, 23, RCMP announced Monday.

Legebokoff, 21, has been behind bars since November 2010, when he was charged with killing blind teenager Loren Leslie.

The 15-year-old girl told her family she was going out for coffee with a friend and never returned.

Legebokoff was arrested after an RCMP officer from Fort St. James, B.C., spotted a truck turning out of a unused logging road the evening Leslie disappeared.

He pulled over and questioned the driver before calling in a conservation officer to investigate whether the man had been illegally hunting.

The conservation official traced the tire tracks back down the logging road and came across the teen's body in the snow. Leslie, who was legally blind, had been murdered just hours before, RCMP said at the time.

Police have not released details of how any of the women were killed.

Even though Legebokoff has been in jail awaiting trial for almost a year, sex trade workers were still fearful because they didn't know who had killed Stuchenko and Maas, said Wilson.

Stuchenko was reported missing in October 2009 and found dead four days later in a gravel pit on the outskirts of Prince George.

Maas and Montgomery were both reported missing on the same day in September 2010. Maas' body was found in a Prince George park the following month but Montgomery has never been found.

"While her body has not been recovered, investigative findings have resulted in a murder charge in relation to her disappearance," RCMP said Monday in a news release.

Wilson said news of the new charges had brought out many emotions, including anger, relief and sadness. "It just seems so senseless."

Posters of the missing women had been hanging up in a back room of the New Hope Society's downtown office, which is off limits to men and meant to provide a sanctuary and services for sex-trade workers.

The street-level office provides services to about 140 women, said Wilson.

Legebokoff was raised in Fort St. James, where he was arrested, and also lived in Lethbridge, Alta. He was an "avid user of social media and technology" where he was known by the moniker 1CountryBoy, RCMP said.

"Our investigation indicates he extensively utilized social media and online dating to correspond with friends, associates, potential girlfriends and others," police said in a Monday news release.

But Wilson said she doesn't think it's likely that sex workers would have met Legebokoff through social media websites such as Facebook. She said most of the girls do not even have email addresses.

Serena Black, a University of Northern B.C. student and a distant cousin of Montgomery, said she remembers her as an avid athlete who was an accomplished figure skater and excellent catcher in baseball.

She was also an excellent sister to her younger brother, said Black, who lost touch with her when they stopping playing sports together.

"She was so full of life. She always had a smile on her face," said Black.

Rikki Black, who is not related, said she had known Stuchenko for more than a decade.

The head of the Black Orchid escort agency in Prince George said that Stuchenko had a drug addiction she couldn't shake.

But Black described her as a good person who loved her children and had a beautiful singing voice. Under different circumstances, she may have used that voice to make a living, said Black.

"Nobody deserved what happened to her," she said.

Meanwhile, family members of the accused serial killer were shocked by the latest charges, describing Legebokoff as a "perfectly normal" young man.

"He had a good upbringing — everything was perfect," said Legebokoff's grandfather Roy Goodwin. "I hunted with him. I fished with him. We did everything and he was a perfectly normal child.

"He was no different than you or I when we were younger."

Goodwin, 79, said that everybody liked his grandson.

"There wasn't a person that had a bad thing to say about him — nobody," he said. "The Cody that I know — that I took hunting and fishing — wouldn't do any of that."

He said Legebokoff's parents are still coming to terms with the accusations. "It's quite a shock," said Goodwin, who last saw his grandson in October 2010 at Thanksgiving dinner.

Legebokoff had brought his girlfriend to the family gathering, Goodwin said.

Before his arrest in November 2010, Legebokoff was not on the RCMP's "radar screen." He did not have a criminal record.

The B.C. Unsolved Homicide Unit has spent decades investigating 18 murders or disappearances of young women along the so-called Highway of Tears that connects Prince George and Prince Rupert, B.C.

Police initially were probing nine cases, but expanded the scope of their investigation in 2007 to include nine more unsolved cases along highways in the B.C. Interior because of similarities between the deaths and disappearances.

Some of the deaths date back to the 1970s.

The number of cases has led to speculation that a serial killer has been preying on women in the area.

RCMP Insp. Brendan Fitzpatrick said the investigation has found there is no connection between Legebokoff and the Highway of Tears murders. "We've done that through forensics, and also you just have to look at his age in comparison to the victims," said Fitzpatrick.

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Who is alleged serial killer Cody Legebokoff, accused in the murders of four B.C. women?

Oct 18, 2011 – 1:34 PM ET | Last Updated: Oct 18, 2011 2:21 PM ET

He was the baby-faced high school athlete with a large and loving family in northern B.C. But police allege 21-year-old Cody Alan Legebokoff was also a teenage serial killer who murdered at least three women and a 15-year-old girl, dumping bodies in the backwoods during a year-long violent spree.

The picture emerging of Mr. Legebokoff from interviews with family, friends and school administrators, is one of a popular and well-adjusted young man from a good home. He competed on downhill skiing and snowboarding teams during high school in Fort St. James, northwest of Prince George. Like many Canadian boys, he played hockey and his name is listed among the competitors in the 2002 Challenge Cup, an annual international hockey tournament in Vancouver.

“He had a good upbringing — everything was perfect,” said Mr. Legebokoff’s grandfather, Roy Goodwin. “I hunted with him. I fished with him. We did everything and he was a perfectly normal child. He was no different than you or I when we were younger.”

It is a portrait at odds with the dark picture painted by homicide investigators with the Vanderhoof RCMP, who charged Mr. Legebokoff with the murders of three women on Friday. He was already in custody, charged with the murder of Loren Donn Leslie, a legally blind 15-year-old girl. Police arrested Mr. Legebokoff last November after a Vanderhoof RCMP officer returning from a meeting with colleagues spotted a 2004 GMC pickup truck speeding away from an unused logging of Highway 27 road at night. A conservation officer, who originally thought he was investigating a report of poaching, found the body of Ms. Leslie, whom police say had been murdered only hours before.

Police weren’t ruling out the possibility that Mr. Legebokoff could be linked to more killings even as they said the murders weren’t related to the Highway of Tears investigation of 18 women who have gone missing along Highway 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert since 1969.

Ms. Leslie’s father, Doug Leslie, said forensic evidence from the truck led police to charge Mr. Legebokoff with the murders of Cynthia Frances Maas, 35, Natasha Lynn Montgomery, 23, and Jill Stacey Stuchenko, 35. All three were mothers who reportedly worked in the sex trade. Ms. Maas’ body was found L.C. Gunn Park on the banks of the Fraser River. Ms. Stuchenko’s body was found in a gravel pit near Prince George. Ms. Montgomery’s body has yet to be found. Police say the killings began in October 2009, when Mr. Legebokoff would have been just 19.

Blond and fresh faced, the 6-foot-2 man was a normal and popular kid who excelled at sports, said Ray LeMoigne, superintendent of the school district that includes the Fort St. James high school Mr. Legebokoff graduated from in 2008. He spent some time after graduation in Lethbridge, police said, before moving to Prince George, where he worked as a mechanic.

“Cody has a loving family and caring parents, siblings and a large extended family in the region,” Mr. LeMoigne told the Prince George Citizen. “In school he was well liked by his peers and was very good at sports. He played minor hockey at all levels and belonged to the downhill ski and snowboard team.”

“He’s from a wonderful home,” said Ms. Leslie’s grandmother, Kathleen Leslie, who grew up with Mr. Legebokoff’s grandfather in Fraser Lake. “It’s hard to fathom. [The family doesn't] know what in the world could have caused this.”

Mr. Goodwin said his family is struggling to come to grips with the magnitude of the allegations his grandson is facing.

“Everybody liked him, there wasn’t a person that had a bad thing to say about him — nobody,” said the grandfather, who last saw Mr. Legebokoff a month before his November 2010 arrest when he showed up at a Thanksgiving dinner with a girlfriend. “There’s a split personality or something wrong in his head. He needs a doctor to help him.”

Friends, most of them asking not to be named, began lining up to defend Mr. Legebokoff.

“Cody has always been in the wrong place at the wrong time..this could have been one of those moments,” wrote someone identifying themselves as CJRM on the website for CPKG-TV, the news channel in Prince George. “He is a great buddy of mine, and I wouldn’t hesitate for one seconde [sic] to get in a vehicle with him and go cruising. He was my two stepping partner nights we would go out dancing, I have seen him in bar fights and I have pissed that boy off a few good times, and not once had he ever shown any signs to lose his mind and kill me or anyone else.”

Another friend who knew Mr. Legebokoff in school told the Vanderhoof Omineca Express that he never showed any signs of violence. He was living with three close female friends in Prince George and dating a girl who went to College of New Caledonia at the time of his arrest, the friend said.

“He was very sociable and kind-hearted…didn’t hurt others.”

But the friend added that Mr. Legebokoff disappeared for a while shortly before Ms. Leslie’s murder. “He went missing for a few weeks before the murder, like right before, and he didn’t tell anyone where he went, he just disappeared.”

RCMP say Mr. Legebokoff frequently used social media and online dating sites to “correspond with friends, associates, potential girlfriends and others” using the handle 1CountryBoy.

A profile by that name on Nexopia shows a young man who resembles Mr. Legebokoff listed as age 21 and from Prince George. The profile includes the lyrics from Justin Moore’s Backwoods, an eerie association for a man accused of murdering women and dumping their bodies in remote and wooded areas:

“Out in the backwoods/down in the haller/Out in the backwoods/Working hard for a daller/In the backwoods, yeah we got it done rite/work hard, play hard, hold my baby tight/lordy have mersey/ its a real good life in the backwoods.”

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‘A terrible wait’ along B.C.’s Highway of Tears

MARK HUME
VANCOUVER— From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published

Doug Leslie operates a massive shovel that loads trucks in the open pit at the Endako molybdenum mine, 160 kilometres west of Prince George in northern British Columbia. It’s a tough job and it has hardened him.

But nothing he’s done in that job over the past 20 years prepared him for the emotional blow delivered by RCMP officers blocking the entrance to a lonely logging road north of Vanderhoof, on Highway 27.

“They said it was a homicide scene and I couldn’t go in. Then I knew,” said Mr. Leslie, who two weeks ago awoke to a police call asking if anyone might be using the identity of his blind daughter, 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie, who had gone missing that night.

“They wouldn’t say why they wanted to know, but I knew it wasn’t good,” said Mr. Leslie, who lives in the small town of Fort Fraser. His daughter at the time was living with her mother in Vanderhoof, about 40 kilometres away.

“They told me they had found something… but they never called back and so I just drove out to the scene,” he said. “I had to know.”

There, on a spur road off the Highway of Tears, where 18 women have vanished or been murdered over the years, Mr. Leslie saw the police cars all pulled over, and he got out and walked towards them through the snow, a cold fear growing inside him.

Police told him to go home and wait. It wasn’t until 3:30 the next afternoon that they confirmed the identity of his daughter.

“That was a terrible wait,” said Mr. Leslie, who was left numb with shock.

Prince George resident Cody Legebokoff, 20, has been charged with murder. His truck was stopped when an alert RCMP officer saw it swerve onto the highway from the logging road. A provincial Conservation Officer who was called to the scene traced the tracks back into the bush and found Loren’s body.

Last week, a memorial was held for Loren in Fort Fraser, population 950, and Mr. Leslie said when he stood up to face the huge crowd, the sense of not only what his family had lost, but what the community had lost, struck him full on.

“That was tough, getting up to talk. First of all, there’s not 2,000 people in Fort Fraser, so that turnout was something,” he said. “We were in the Stellako Hall, the biggest building around, and it was full and they were outside the door, and people were driving by on the road because they couldn’t find a place to park.

“And the casket was empty because Loren was gone to Pennsylvania,” he said, referring to an extraordinary decision by the RCMP to send the girl’s remains to a forensic specialist in the United States last week. Police have not said why they did that.

“I had to get up and explain that to everyone,” said Mr. Leslie. “It was hard, really hard.”

But he said he found strength in the outpouring of love and support from the community, and from Loren’s larger circle of friends, many of whom knew her through Facebook and by e-mail chats.

“E-mails have been coming in from all over the place… I just heard from one boy who said he was e-mailing back and forth with her and he was thinking about suicide, and Loren talked him out of it,” said Mr. Leslie. “You know, she was just 15 and a bit naive, very trusting, but she was a special person. You may think this is just a dad talking, but she really was the most amazing kid I ever met.”

Loren was fully blind in one eye and had such little vision in the other that “in classroom lighting she was effectively totally blind.”

But Mr. Leslie said she often went out by herself and functioned so well strangers never guessed she couldn’t see.

And her blindness, he said, gave her a special quality.

“She was quiet, but she listened loud,” said Mr. Leslie. “She could hear people’s feelings.”

He read at the memorial service something she’d written that summed up her belief that people need to be more tolerant and accepting of one another.

“I do hear well,” she wrote. “I hear others cutting their friends apart, saying unkind things, just to make themselves feel better. I hear people’s feelings being hurt by those ignoring them. I hear when no one speaks to me because I choose to be more considerate of others and not follow the crowd. I hear tears on people’s faces who aren’t accepted because they don’t have the right look, the right clothes, or they aren’t cool enough to be popular.”

Mr. Leslie said he has pictures of Loren with some of those words printed on them. He’s going to be handing them out to people, and he hopes to go out on a speaking tour, maybe visiting schools across the country, just to get out her message about the importance of tolerance and kindness.

“I don’t know how I’m going to do that, but I just feel I’ve got to,” he said.

Mr. Leslie said when Loren’s remains are returned from the forensics lab, she will be cremated.

A pine coffin he had made by a friend, which has a peace sign engraved on it, and which all her pals have signed, is sitting now, full of her teddy bears.

“I don’t know what to do with that,” he said. “It’s a beautiful coffin.”

Human Remains Found - Death Not Suspicious

 

On the afternoon of April 12th, 2012, an autopsy was conducted on the remains of a man found in Prince George on April 11th, 2012.

 

As a result of the autopsy, investigators have determined that the death was not suspicious in nature and therefore not a homicide.

 

The deceased male was a 29 year old Prince George resident.  His name will not be released.

 

The investigation has been handed over to the BC Coroner's Service.

 

The Prince George RCMP would like to thank those members of the public that assisted with this investigation and once again ask that anyone venturing outdoors be extra vigilant in their observations and report anything suspicious.

 

If you have any information about this investigation, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-TIPS (8477), online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword "pgtips".

 

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Cpl. Craig Douglass

Communications NCO / Media Liaison Officer

Prince George RCMP

Office: 250-561-3321      Cell: 250-640-1758

pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca                              

Check out our website at www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca
File Number:  2012-09120

 

April 12, 2012

Prince George, BC

 

Human Remains Found - More Details

 

On the afternoon of April 11th, 2012, the Prince George RCMP Serious Crime Section with the assistance of the Forensic Identification Section and General Duty Section, confirmed that human remains were found in a wooded area of Foothills Boulevard and 5th Avenue in Prince George.

 

The investigation has confirmed the identity of the deceased and the Next of Kin has been notified.  The deceased is an adult male.  Further details may be released at the conclusion on the autopsy, scheduled for today.

 

"Although these remains are not those of Natasha Montgomery, the RCMP have recently received information from the public of possible locations where her body might be located", says Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer.  "Officers investigating Natasha's murder would like to thank the public for providing information and encourage anybody with information to come forward and we remind people that the special tip line of 1-877-987-8477 remains active".

 

The Prince George RCMP and North District Major Crime also would like to once again ask that anyone venturing outdoors be extra vigilant in their observations and report anything suspicious.

 

If you have any information about these investigations, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-TIPS (8477), online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword "pgtips".

 

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Cpl. Craig Douglass                                                 Cst. Lesley Smith

Communications NCO / Media Liaison Officer              Media Relations Officer

Prince George RCMP                                                North District RCMP

Office: 250-561-3321      Cell: 250-640-1758            Office: 250-561-3166     Cell: 250-301-3521

pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca                             

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B.C. man charged in murders of 4 women
Mon Oct 17, 10:02 PM
Andrea Janus | CTVNews.ca
A young British Columbia man who was charged with first-degree murder last year in connection with the death of a teenaged girl is facing three new homicide charges, police announced Monday.

Cody Alan Legebokoff is currently awaiting his first-degree murder trial in connection with the death of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie. The visually impaired teen's body was found off Highway 27, near Vanderhoof, last November.

RCMP announced Monday that after a nearly year-long investigation, Legebokoff is now facing three additional charges of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of three other women:

Jill Stacey Stuchenko, 35. She was reported missing from her home in Prince George on Oct. 22, 2009. Her body was found four days later in a gravel pit in the city's outskirts.
Cynthia Frances Maas, 35. Police found her body in LC Gunn Park, in a remote part of Prince George, on Oct. 9, 2010. She was reported missing by friends on Sept. 23 after they had been unable to contact her for several weeks.
Natasha Lynn Montgomery, 23. Originally from Quesnel, she had been living in the Prince George area, and was reported missing on Sept. 23, 2010, after her family had not heard from her for a number of weeks. Her body has yet to be found.
All three women left children behind.
In a statement, RCMP Insp. Brendan Fitzpatrick, of the E Division major crime section, said the new charges stemmed from Project E-PRELUDE, a joint investigation of the North District major crime unit and the Prince George detachment's serious crime unit. It also involved staff from other RCMP divisions, as well as a forensic specialist from Pennsylvania.

News of the charges were met with relief among some families of the victims, including the father of Loren Leslie, who praised police.

"For us, they've done a fantastic job and I'm sure the other families would agree they're doing a fantastic job," Don Leslie said Monday.

Fitzpatrick said investigators and victim support service workers spent the last 24 hours with the victims' families to notify them of the charges.

"It was evident by our meeting yesterday; these women were all very vibrant, talented and loving. They were all mothers, daughters, and aunts and possess large extended families who miss them tremendously," he said. "The families request privacy at this very sad time.

Fitzpatrick said he could not provide full details of the investigation.

He did say that "a number of search warrants were executed" at two residences in Prince George that are linked to the suspect. Police also examined the black pick-up truck Legebokoff was driving around the time of the Leslie murder.

Earlier this year, police also interrogated more than 140 local cab drivers, including asking for DNA samples, in connection with the deaths of Maas and Stuchenko.

Investigators are asking for the public's help, and released a picture of both Legebokoff and his truck in order to get more information.

Not much is known about the 21-year-old, although he was a member of his high school ski and snowboard team, and played minor hockey.

Fitzpatrick said Legebokoff worked in the Prince George area and had friends there.

"A lot of people are surprised by this," he said.

Police also described the accused as "an avid user" of social media, including online dating sites, to correspond with friends and meet women. He often corresponded online under the name 1CountryBoy.

Police also said Legebokoff lived in Lethbridge, Alberta between June 2008 and August 2009. But investigators say there are no unsolved murders in the area from that period.

For years, women have been disappearing along Highway 16, which runs through Prince George, but police have not linked Legebokoff to those disappearances.

None of the allegations against Legebokoff have been proven in court.

Anyone with information, particularly related to the time period between October 2009 and November 2010, is asked to call a special tip line established just for the case: 877-987-8477.

With a report from CTV's B.C. Bureau Chief Sarah Galashan

Man charged in death of B.C. girl, 15 - Loren Leslie

RCMP probe possible links to 'Highway of Tears' homicides

CBC News

Posted: Nov 29, 2010 7:13 AM PT

A 20-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a teenaged girl whose body was found along a snowy forest road in northern B.C.

Cody Alan Legebokoff of Prince George was charged Monday in the death of Loren Donn Leslie, 15, of Fraser Lake after a Mountie pulled over a truck after it turned onto a highway from an unused logging road.

Legebokoff was arrested after the RCMP officer stopped the pickup, which turned onto Highway 27 north of Vanderhoof on Saturday night.

A conservation officer was called in and retraced the pickup's path in the snow.

"As the [conservation service officer] examined the area, he located the lifeless body of the teenage girl at around 11:50 p.m., a distance away from the side road," said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. "The state of the young girl indicated that she had been murdered just hours before the man's arrest."

Legebokoff has been remanded in custody without bail until his next court appearance on Wednesday.

Moskaluk said in a statement that investigators expect to remain on the scene until after an autopsy.

Police have not released a possible cause of death or a motive for the killing.

Leslie, who was visually impaired, was a Grade 10 student at Nechako Valley Secondary School in Vanderhoof.

Another body found in area last month

Highway 27 connects to Highway 16 near Vanderhoof. Locals often call Highway 16 the Highway of Tears, because of the number of aboriginal women who have gone missing in the area in recent years.

Moskaluk said the latest homicide brings to mind the discovery of Cynthia Frances Maas, a 35-year-old sex trade worker who was found dead near the highway last month.

"We're all very sensitive to all of the incidents that have been ongoing in the northern part of the province," said Moskaluk.

Nobody has been arrested in Maas's death.

Teamwork praised in finding teen’s body, arresting suspect

mark hume

VANCOUVER— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published

An alert police officer and a provincial conservation officer with animal-tracking skills are being praised for their teamwork in finding the body of a slain blind girl and arresting a suspect along a dark and lonely road in northern British Columbia.

RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk of B.C.’s North District Major Crimes Unit said the case against Cody Alan Legebokoff, 20, who has been charged with one count of murder in the death of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie, began to unfold on Saturday night when a pickup truck swerved off a logging road onto Stuart Lake Highway.

By coincidence, an RCMP officer was passing by and reacted quickly, pulling over the truck, questioning the driver and then having a conservation officer search the woods nearby.

“We have to, of course, state the obvious – yeah, we’ve got some good work that was done here,” Cpl. Moskaluk said.

He said the RCMP officer had legal grounds to stop the truck.

“There was some driving pattern . . . there may have been speed involved, which caught the officer’s eye,” Cpl. Moskaluk said. “It was how the vehicle entered . . . the highway and pulled away from there [that] drew attention.”

He said the RCMP officer, who has not yet been named, was headed south from the detachment in Fort St. James to deliver some items to a colleague who was headed north from Vanderhoof.

They were to rendezvous along the Stuart Lake Highway, a spur road to the Highway of Tears, which links Prince Rupert to Prince George and is infamous because 18 girls or women have been murdered or disappeared along it over the past 20 years.

Cpl. Moskaluk said the continuing Highway of Tears investigation, which is the focus of a police task force, has made every RCMP officer in the region more vigilant.

“Certainly, the members themselves that are in all these communities . . . are all very, very sensitive to what has been ongoing,” he said.

The RCMP task force is officially investigating the deaths or disappearances of 18 women. But the tally could be higher. Just last month, the body of Cynthia Frances Maas, 35, was found in a park near Prince George, and in August, 23-year-old Natasha Lynn Montgomery vanished. She was last seen in Prince George.

Ms. Leslie, legally blind with 50 per cent vision in one eye and zero in the other, was last seen by her family in Fort St. James on Saturday afternoon, when she said she was going out for coffee with a friend. Police have not said whether the girl had been reported missing.

Her father, Doug Leslie, said to CTV News that he was told his daughter planned to go for a drive with Mr. Legebokoff, an acquaintance, the day she was killed.

It was 9:45 on Saturday night when the officer saw the pickup truck pull onto the highway off the little used logging road in a heavily forested area 22 km north of Vanderhoof.

Cpl. Moskaluk praised the officer for taking the initiative.

“What you’ve just seen there is what we would describe as self-generated work,” he said. “You know the adage of ‘when in doubt, check it out’ comes to mind.”

After the truck driver was questioned, police made a late night call to Cam Hill, a conservation officer in Vanderhoof who has been busy in recent weeks dealing with moose and deer poaching in the area.

Mr. Hill drove to the scene, then traced the truck’s route back up the road, and in the freshly fallen snow followed tracks to the girl’s body.

“It’s interesting ... that’s on our side when we work in winter climate,” Cpl. Moskaluk said of the signs left in the snow. “You know, it can speak for itself to a high degree as to what you have and who’s been there.”

He said police put a no-fly order over the crime scene to keep media helicopters from possibly stirring up snow and covering tracks.

Cpl. Moskaluk said with the accused set to make a first appearance in court on Wednesday, and autopsy results coming, police will soon have more to say about the case, including naming the arresting officer whose actions led to the uncovering of a fresh crime scene.

“Right now, the focus and where we are in priorities is a continuation of the processing of forensic evidence, and a big priority too is dealing with the family through this ordeal,” he said.

Mr. Hill, who wasn’t named by police but who confirmed his involvement in a phone call, declined to comment, except to say that in small towns, conservation officers and police often join forces.

“We have an excellent working relationship,” he said.

Relatives of the accused man refused to comment when reached in Fort St. James.

Police asked media to respect the privacy of Ms. Leslie’s family “while they deal with this tragic situation.”

Alleged serial killer charged with murder of four B.C. women
ian bailey

VANCOUVER— From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published

A 21-year-old Prince George man awaiting trial in the death of a 15-year-old girl has been charged with the murders of three other area women since 2009, but ruled out as a suspect in the Highway of Tears case, police say.

Over a 10-month investigation, police “extensively” looked at Cody Legebokoff in connection with the disappearances of 18 young women since 1969 along a 724-kilometre stretch of northern road between Prince George and Prince Rupert, but could not link him to the mystery, RCMP said on Monday.

“When the investigations were initiated, we were very alive to the possibility. However, through forensics and pure mathematics, there’s no nexus between Mr. Legebokoff and the Highway of Tears victims,” Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick said in an interview.

He noted that the most recent highway case was in 2006. “He would have been barely able to drive a car at that time,” the inspector said.

But police have found enough evidence for charges of first-degree murder in the cases of Jill Stuchenko and Cynthia Maas, both aged 35, and 23-year-old Natasha Montgomery.

All three women vanished in the Prince George area over about a year. Ms. Montgomery was reported missing in 2010 and has not been found. Ms. Stuchenko’s remains were discovered in a Prince George-area gravel pit in 2009, and Ms. Maas was found in a local park in October of 2010.

“They all came from very loving families, and they miss them tremendously,” Insp. Fitzpatrick said. “They were all mothers, daughters.”

Insp. Fitzpatrick declined to comment on causes of death or alleged motives, noting all would be disclosed in court. Mr. Legebokoff made a court appearance on Monday and his case was put over to Nov. 2.

He has been at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre since Nov. 27, 2010, awaiting trial in the death of Loren Leslie of Fraser Lake, a village west of Prince George.

James Heller, a criminal lawyer acting for Mr. Legebokoff, said he was told of the new charges over the weekend, but has not yet received substantial disclosure from the Crown, so would be hard pressed to comment on Monday’s developments.

Of the case, he said: “This is horrible for everyone. It’s horrible for his family. It’s very disturbing all round.”

Mr. Legebokoff, who moved from Lethbridge, Alta., to Prince George in 2009, was arrested after an RCMP officer saw his truck swerve onto a highway from a logging road near Vanderhoof, west of Prince George. Tire tracks from the vehicle led to the remains of Ms. Leslie, who was blind.

The 10-month investigation, dubbed Project E-Prelude, involved police resources across Canada and the United States, Insp. Fitzpatrick said.

The remains of Ms. Leslie and Ms. Maas were sent to the United States for specialized forensic analysis, but Insp. Fitzpatrick declined to detail what the assessment involved. “It was something that wasn’t readily available to us in Canada,” he said.

Insp. Fitzpatrick did not say specifically what led to the breakthrough in the case, but noted search warrants were executed at two Prince George residences associated with Mr. Legebokoff and that the vehicle he was driving at the time of Ms. Leslie’s murder has been closely examined over several weeks.

He said Mr. Legebokoff was an extensive user of social media and online dating with the username 1CountryBoy. Police, he said, are interested in any information from the public about contacts with Mr. Legebokoff between October of 2009, and November of 2010.

Ms. Leslie’s father, Doug, noted in a Facebook message addressed to his daughter that she was “the catalyst” in the case, adding, “Your death may just have saved more lives than you know.”

The Maas family, in a statement issued by police, described Ms. Maas as a “poster child for vulnerability in our society,” but did not elaborate. “Cindy hsad a right to live, to overcome her struggles, to become strong, and to be the mother she wanted to be,” they said.

MISSING
Barry Carl Hinchcliffe
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Missing Person – Barry Carl Hinchcliffe

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team
Vancouver Man Missing, IHIT Asking for Public Assistance
File # 2011-4009
2011-11-30 08:20 PST

Vancouver: The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is investigating the disappearance of 45 year old Barry Carl Hinchcliffe. Barry Hinchcliffe has been missing for over two months and his family, including his daughter, are very worried for his well being. Police are asking that you contact investigators should you have any information about his whereabouts.

An initial press release was provided by Vancouver City Police with an older photo of Hinchcliffe attached. A recent photo was obtained that was taken one day before he went missing. Hinchcliffeappears heavier in more recent photos.

Photo of Barry Hinchcliffe wearing a green golf shirt with logo on left side of chest

Details:

Hinchcliffe left his residence in the 900 block Expo Boulevard in Vancouver at approximately 7pm on September 20th, 2011. He was driving a grey 2009 Toyota Tacoma when he left his home and he was believed to be heading to a property in Mission.

Hinchcliffe was reported missing to the Vancouver City Police on September 27, 2011.

Police attended the Mission property, located in the 12900 block of Sylvester Road, and believe Hinchcliffe arrived at this destination as his unoccupied Toyota Tacoma was located on the property.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took conduct of the investigation on October 1st, 2011 and in partnership with the Vancouver City Police, Mission RCMP, IFIS (Integrated Forensic Identification Section), Police Dog Section and the Lower Mainland Tactical Troop executed a search warrant on the property. The property contained a large Quonset type structure as well as several smaller sheds and a run down, vacant mobile home.

“Barry Hinchcliffe’s family members are extremely concerned for his safety and well being. Hinchcliffe has missed significant dates such as his daughter’s birthday and his own birthday just last week. His family believes this is uncharacteristic behavior and police are asking for the public’s help in locating him.” Says Sgt. Jennifer Pound

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team continue to investigate Hinchcliffe’s suspicious disappearance and are asking anyone with any information to contact the IHIT tipline at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) Email tips can be forwarded to ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

September 28, 2011

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Vancouver Police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing 44 year old Vancouver man.

Barry Carl Hinchcliffe was last seen at about 7 p.m. on September 20th leaving his home in the 900 block Expo Boulevard in Vancouver. When Barry left his home he was driving a grey 2009 Toyota Tacoma bearing B.C. plate BH8539. It is believed that he may have been driving to the Mission area.

Hinchcliffe is a white, 5’7”, 170 lbs., with short sandy-coloured hair, and brown eyes. It is not known what he was last wearing.

The extended absence is uncharacteristic, as Barry has regular contact with family members.

Anyone seeing Barry Hinchcliffe or his vehicle is asked to contact their local police.

Global NEWS
EXCLUSIVE: B.C. woman tells her story of survival in Nevada desert for the first time

Rumina Daya, Global News : Monday, October 03, 2011 6:00 PM

VANCOUVER - For the first time, we are hearing from Rita Chretien, the Canadian woman who went missing with her husband Albert back in March and spent seven long weeks alone in the wilderness of Nevada, surviving largely on melted snow and her faith in God.

Chretien has never spoken publicly about her ordeal or about her husband, who left in search of help and has never been found.

For months the world has been wondering how she survived. She spoke exclusively to “Context with Lorna Dueck,” a faith based show.

Rita and her husband of 38 years, Albert, left B.C. on March 19.

The couple's van got stuck on a remote road on there way to a trade show in Las Vegas. Helpless and alone in the unforgiving Nevada desert, the couple tried calling 9-1-1 for help.

“We were cut off constantly, we were trying and no luck,” read Chretien from her diary. “So here we are, stuck, and nobody probably knows, except God.”

Three days had passed and no sign of anyone. Rita's knee couldn't handle the rough terrain again, so the tough decision was made that Al would go alone on foot.

“It was very emotional. We have not cried so deeply for years,” says Chretien. “I tried to compose myself so it would be easier for him to go.”

Al never returned. For 49 days Rita survived in the van alone with only a few rations and her faith.

“It was a candy a day and I had fish oil. I took my fish tablet every day. And that is all I ate on a regular routine.”

The host of “Context,” Lorna Dueck, interviewed Chretien and says the B.C. woman told her she could feel nourishment come to her body, and believes she had supernatural encounters with God that gave her strength.

“Every time I did not know what to do, I just said what do I do now, Lord,” said Chretien.
After seven weeks, just days from starving to death, Rita was rescued by hunters. Her husband Al has never been found, Rita thinks he's dead, but she still hopes, she still has faith, that someone will find him.

See Video conversation at Global News

'Lost: The Rita Chretien Story' airs Sunday, October 9 on Global BC at 4 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (11 a.m. on all other Global stations). For more information, visit the "Context with Lorna Dueck" website.



Katherine Cora McNeil

Amherst, Nova Scotia
RCMP seek public assistance in ongoing missing person investigation
October 3, 2011, Amherst, Nova Scotia . . . Members of the Amherst Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are seeking the public's assistance with an ongoing missing person investigation.  Katherine Cora McNeil was last seen leaving the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre in Upper Nappan on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 9:15 a.m.  Following her disappearance, RCMP conducted an extensive search of the area near the hospital and local community. 

Over the past year the RCMP have followed up on close to a dozen potential sightings of McNeil in various locations, including Cumberland and King Counties in Nova Scotia and Dieppe, New Brunswick. Unfortunately, none have been proven to be positive.

McNeil is 58 years of age, heavy set, 5'0" tall, with gray or red hair. Investigators believe that McNeil could be using her birth name of Elizabeth Anne McNeil or the nickname "Moondancer."

RCMP investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken with McNeil since October 4, 2010.  She has many friends throughout Cumberland County in Nova Scotia, as well as Moncton, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.  Katherine Cora McNeil was born in Queens County, Nova Scotia and therefore has ties to that area as well.

Anyone with any information about Ms. McNeil disappearance is asked to contact the Amherst RCMP Detachment at 902-667-3859 or any RCMP Detachment, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


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