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Kellen Charles MCELWEE


March 23. 2009 Update

IHIT, Burnaby - McElwee missing person investigation continues after 1 year, McElwee family offers an increased reward to $100,000.00

File #2008-2344 2009-03-23 09:18 PDT

Burnaby: After one year Kellen McElwee has not been located, his family are now increasing the reward previously offered.

After one year Kellen McElwee still has not been located. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team continue to investigate the disappearance.

To date investigators have received a number of tips in this investigation. The tips however, have not been significant enough to assist in moving the investigation forward.

Investigators are of the belief that Kellen as met with foul play and are now looking for information regarding the location of Kellen’s remains.

Based on the information gathered to date, police have not been able to make any conclusive links to gangs, drugs or organized crime as being responsible for the disappearance of Kellen.

On April 2, 2008 Burnaby RCMP released photos of a male obtained through video footage from Kellen McElwee’s condo building. The male in the photo’s was wearing a hooded winter jacket with fur around the hood along with a DC brand backpack. Investigators continue to identify this male.

In April of last year the McElwee family put forward a reward for the safe return of their beloved son, Kellen.

On the anniversary that marks one year since Kellen’s disappearance Len and Paula McElwee, parents to Kellen, are increasing the size of the reward previously offered.. This significant increase is a hope that anyone with information will come forward to police. The reward now offered by the family is $100,000.00

To qualify for the reward, the Claimant’s information must lead the police “directly” to the location of Kellen's remains. By “directly” the Information must either describe Kellen’s location or lead to a line of inquiry that, without the need for information from another Claimant, locates Kellen's remains.
The Information must be provided directly to the police and must not be the subject of any other claims for compensation.
Cpl. Dale Carr spokesperson for IHIT says; “there is no doubt that someone out there has the information police need to move this file forward. The amount of money that the McElwee’s are offering is significant and could change a persons life. One-Hundred -Thousand dollars is the kind of money could really give a person a new beginning”

Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT TIP LINE at 1-877-543-9217 or if you wish to remain anonymous please call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Missing Burnaby man likely met with foul play: police

Source: CBC News

Posted: 07/24/08 1:56PM

Police officers on the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team say they have "received information that indicates that missing Burnaby man, Kellan McElwee, has met with foul play."

"Investigators are hopeful that this is indeed not the case, however, the investigation has not found any information to the contrary," Cpl. Dale L. Carr said on Thursday.

Police would not release any further information about the tip, but Carr said the parents of the 25-year-old McElwee have now changed a $50,000 reward for the safe return of their son to a $30,000 reward for information leading to the return of his remains.

McElwee disappeared March 19 after leaving a Keg restaurant in Langley, B.C., east of Vancouver.

There has been no sign of him since, although his 2006 Honda Civic was found parked on a Burnaby street several days later. The RCMP's homicide team took over the case a few weeks after that.

On April 2, Burnaby RCMP released photos of a male captured on video leaving Kellen McElwee's apartment building. The male has not been identified by police.

Police investigators say they now believe Kellen McElwee was the victim of foul play. (RCMP)

Assistance Requested to Locate Missing 25 year old Male

Date of Release: March 22, 2008
Time of Release: 1010am

Burnaby:

Burnaby RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating the following male. Kellen Charles MCELWEE, born February 11, 1983, was last seen on March 19, 2008 at approximately 9pm when he left a restaurant in Langley after having dinner with some friends. Since that time MCELWEE has not had any contact with friends or family, and did not show up for work on March 20th, which is very unusual. MCELWEE has no history of going missing.

MCELWEE drives a 2006 bronze coloured Honda Civic, 4 door. The licence plate number is 959HPB.

MCELWEE is a Caucasian male, 5 ft 10 inches, approximately 220 lbs with dirty blond hair and blue eyes. MCELWEE's hair is styled with a slight mohawk. MCELWEE has a black and white dragon tattoo below his left shoulder. MCELWEE was last seen wearing a black long sleeve fitted shirt, jeans, and a brown leather jacket. A photo is attached.

If anyone has any information on Kellen MCELWEE's whereabouts please contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922.

Date of Release: March 23, 2008
Time of Release: 500pm

Burnaby:

As indicated at the Media conference, attached is a photo of what Kellen McElwee's vehicle looks like. It is a 2006 Honda Civic, 4 door, beige / bronze in colour. The licence plate is 959HPB.
Alexandra Mulvihill, Cpl.
Media Relations & Traffic Services
6355 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, B.C. V5G-2S2

Surveillance Photos - Re: McElwee Missing

Date of Release: March 28, 2008
Time of Release: 1125am

Burnaby:

A number of surveillance photos are being released by the Burnaby RCMP in hopes of identifying an unknown person who is believed to have been in Kellen McElwee's building on the night of March 19, 2008.

The jacket wore by the person is believed to be a Christian Audigier, puffy style with fur around the hood.

If anyone has any information on this person, please contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922.

Investigator have obtained additional surveillance tapes from McElwee's apartment building. These additional videos have provided much clearer images of the male investigators are still wishing to identify. In addition to the expensive jacket, the male is carrying is a DC Skateboarding brand back pack.

If anyone has any information on the identity of the male in these photo's please contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477




Alexandra Mulvihill, Cpl.
Media Relations & Traffic Services
6355 Deer Lake Avenue
Burnaby, B.C. V5G-2S2
William (Bill) John Dodge  
We are seeking some assistance in locating or obtaining information on the whereabouts of our son Bill whom we have lost contact with since April 2007.

Here is some information about him.

Name:       William (Bill) John Dodge

DOB:        September 5th 1974

Height:             5 Ft. 8 ins.

Weight:             140 lbs.

Hair:       Brown with a receding hairline.

Eyes:       Blue

Bill walk with a slight limp.

Our last contact with Bill was by telephone in April

2007 from Red Deer Alberta.  

His last known address was 7372 59th Avenue in Red Deer Alberta.

We greatly appreciated any assistance that you can give us in the above matter.

Thank you in advanced for all your help with the above matter..

Concerned Parents

Ron and Cecilia Dodge

Grand Bank Newfoundland

Please email all information to crd92@yahoo.com or tony@iammssing.ca

Jospeh Parick Watson
  
PLease help as Joseph's family is still holding out hope and searching for him.

My brother Joes rented vehicle was found abandoned on the Port Mann Bridge in British Columbia around 2pm  Friday March 7/ 2008.  Witnesses say they saw a man who was driving the vehicle rented under his name jump over the railing.  If you have any information please contact Coquitlam RCMP at 945 1550  and his family at terri_lee98@yahoo.ca.  Joe was born Jan7 1963 is 5'11'' very blue eyes very short med-dark hair.  He has a tattoo of the Canadian flag on his chest perhaps a nipple and or ear piercing and a tattoo of a rooster on the back of his leg.  We need closure please help us.   Sincerely his sister,  Terri  

Karen Batke

CBC News has learned Jack Woodruff, the man sentenced last week to life in prison for murdering a couple in Mission, B.C., has also confessed to killing his girlfriend, Karen Batke, who vanished five years ago.

But B.C.'s criminal justice branch has decided not to prosecute Woodruff for Batke's death, citing a lack of evidence for a conviction.

The RCMP identified 53-year-old Woodruff as a suspect in Batke's disappearance almost a year ago, when he was arrested for the Mission murders. Batke's brother Lorne told CBC News that a week before Woodruff was sentenced, two RCMP investigators and a representative of B.C.'s criminal justice branch paid him a visit. They told him that last August while Woodruff was in custody, he confessed to killing Karen Batke in their Surrey basement suite.

"He came home one night," Batke told CBC News in an exclusive interview. "Karen was losing it in some sort of drug induced rage, swinging a baseball bat at him."

Batke said police told him Woodruff insisted what happened next was self-defence.

"Somehow she supposedly ends up falling into a glass coffee table, and she lacerates her leg on one of her major arteries ... even though she's bleeding out heavily she comes at him one more time to attack," Batke said.

"But this time he grabs her around the throat with his hands, and he keeps squeezing tight until she goes limp and dies."

Batke said Woodruff then claimed he panicked, bundled the woman's body in blankets, and intended to bury it near Chilliwack.

"He borrowed a truck and he places Karen's body in the back of the truck and for some reason he decides he's gonna go back into the house and sleep for a couple of hours," Batke said police told him.

But while Woodruff was sleeping, the truck's owner drove the vehicle to a waste disposal site.

"He went right to the transfer station and he emptied the back of the truck, including the body," Batke learned.

While the story of his sister's death was difficult to hear, Batke said just as disturbing was the decision delivered by Senior Crown Andrew MacDonald that Woodruff would not be prosecuted.

"He stated that with only having Jack's confession and no body and no forensic evidence of any kind, no witnesses, he said there's no court or jury in the world will hold him accountable for anything more than concealing a dead body."

Batke said he felt like his sister's case was being swept under the carpet.

"They're trying to tell us that just be happy because he's already been nailed on two other murders, and he'll never get out of jail and we should be content with that, and accept that as closure, " he told CBC News.

"That's exactly what they were trying to tell us. That's exactly their words. And that's bullshit."

Batke believes Woodruff killed his sister but he doesn't believe his version of events. He points out that RCMP forensic specialists were unable to find even a speck of blood in a basement suite in which Karen Batke allegedly bled profusely.

"They did a complete forensic identification, they tore out all the carpet, all the underlay, they took out chunks of concrete, they went into the crawlspace," Batke says.

"The staff sergeant told me they found no forensic evidence whatsoever. So when he told me that, I said doesn't that throw Jack's confession right out the window?"

RCMP Sgt. Jennifer Pound, speaking on behalf of the Integrated Homicide Investigation team that's handled the case since 2008, declined to discuss the case.

"As this is an open investigation, the details I can provide are limited," Pound wrote in an email. She referred questions about charge approval to Crown Counsel.

A spokesperson for B.C.'s criminal justice branch was also reluctant to go into detail about Woodruff's confession. But Neil McKenzie told CBC News that prosecutors were not convinced they could win a conviction for murder or manslaughter.

In an email, McKenzie wrote that "while the Crown might have proceeded on a charge of offering an indignity to a human body, the Crown chose not to pursue such a charge." McKenzie added the fact Woodruff was expected to plead guilty to two counts of first degree murder and would receive the maximum sentence of life in prison was a factor in the decision.

But Lorne Batke said it feels like he's being told his sister's life isn't worth the trouble and expense of a prosecution.

"I believe I can speak for the family in this. We've lost absolute faith in the RCMP in our policing system. And at this point also the justice system."

Batke added that he won't give up trying to hold Woodruff accountable for his sister's death.

"That's not going to happen", he said. "Not as as long as Karen has family and friends."

Second suspect charged in Mission double murder
"Already charged in the double-murder last month was Jack Woodruff, whose long-time girlfriend Karen Batke is missing and presumed murdered."

By KIM BOLAN, VANCOUVER SUN

A second suspect has been charged in the targeted double-murder of a Mission couple in September 2008.

Two counts of first-degree murder were sworn Thursday against Justin Andrew MacKinnon in the shooting deaths of Lisa Dudley and Guthrie McKay on Sept. 18, 2008.

MacKinnon has not yet made his first appearance in B.C. He was arrested in his hometown of Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Sgt. Peter Thiessen, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, said MacKinnon is expected to be transported to B.C. to appear in Abbotsford Provincial Court on Monday.

"Since the murders, it is the belief of investigators that MacKinnon has resided in four different provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia where he was finally located by IHIT officers," Thiessen said.

Thiessen said that over the past 32 months, investigators have continued to move the case forward and most recently worked with the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and the RCMP in Nova Scotia.

IHIT Operations Officer Insp. Kevin Hackett praised the work done by his "team of dedicated and hard-working investigators who have shown great determination and persistence."

Already charged in the double-murder last month was Jack Woodruff, whose long-time girlfriend Karen Batke is missing and presumed murdered.

The targeted hit is believed to be linked to the drug trade.

MacKinnon had two previous convictions in B.C. -- one for assault in Terrace in 2006 and a second one for assault and uttering threats in Surrey in August 2008.

Dudley, 37, and McKay, 33, were found Sept. 22, 2008 -- four days after a neighbour had called 911 to report shots fired in the vicinity of their rural property on Greenwood Drive in Mission.

Dudley was clinging to live and died en route to hospital. Her family launched a campaign to find out why police did not do more to follow up on the initial 911 call. An RCMP officer was later disciplined for failing to get out of his car to investigate the shots fired call.

Dudley's family declined to comment when Woodruff was charged May 12.

But McKay's mother Dorothy provided a statement to The Vancouver Sun:

"Our family is relieved and grateful to the Investigator and IHIT Team who have made a recent arrest of the person being held as responsible for the death of our son Guthrie Jolan Mckay on September 18, 2008. We have much respect for their diligence, the risks they took, and commitment to solving this crime over the last 31 months. Our family has been treated respectfully and professionally," she said.

"Our son Guthrie, tragically taken, is sorrowfully missed by us his parents, his only sister, his children, their mother, and all those whose lives he touched with the unique and loving thumbprint that was his character."

kbolan@vancouversun.com

read The Real Scoop at vancouversun.com/bolan

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Missing Surrey woman knew the man accused of murdering a Mission couple

Police won’t say if Woodruff also suspected in Batke’s disappearance


Karen Batke, who disappeared in February 2007 and now believed to have been murdered, pictured with Jack Woodruff, who was charged last week with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a Mission couple.

Photograph by: Handout, Special to The Vancouver Sun

By KIM BOLAN, Vancouver Sun May 17, 2011 5:33 AM

METRO VANCOUVER -- A Surrey woman who vanished four years ago and is now presumed to have been killed dated the man charged last week with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a Mission couple.

The Vancouver Sun has learned that Jack Douglas Woodruff, 52, was involved with 39-year-old Karen Batke before she disappeared around February 2007.

Woodruff was charged last week with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Lisa Cheryl Dudley, 37, and her boyfriend Guthrie Jolan McKay, 33.

The couple were fatally shot in their Mission home in September 2008. McKay is believed to have died instantly, while Dudley lay dying for four days after a 911 call from neighbours the night of the shooting was not adequately investigated by police. She later died en route to hospital.

The motive for the targeted double homicide has not been released by police, though they have confirmed that Woodruff was known to them and has been under investigation since shortly after the murders.

He appeared in Abbotsford Provincial Court Monday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance May 26.

Surrey RCMP issued a news release in January 2008 seeking information about Batke’s disappearance, saying her absence without contacting her family was unusual. They described her as 5’ 3” and 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

On Monday, Surrey RCMP Cpl. Drew Grainger said the missing-person file is now in the hands of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

IHIT’s Cpl. Dale Carr confirmed that investigators “are aware of a link between Woodruff and Batke.”

“We are aware she is missing and is believed to be dead. The file is still under investigation,” Carr said.

Carr would not say if Woodruff is also a suspect in the disappearance of Batke.

Woodruff has a lengthy criminal history, mostly related to fraud and theft cases. According to the Provincial Court online registry, he was convicted in March 2009 of fraud over $5,000 and got a day in jail. He was also convicted in 2003 of using a stolen credit card. Other fraud and theft charges date back to the 1990s on Vancouver Island.

Carr said last week that investigators hoped the arrest of Woodruff might “bring some closure to the families.”

Dudley’s parents, Rosemarie and Mark Surakka, launched a complaint against the RCMP officer who was on duty the night the original shots-fired call was received by a Mission RCMP dispatcher.

The RCMP board of adjudication found Cpl. Mike White did not adequately follow up on the call.

He was given a written reprimand and lost one day’s pay for disgraceful conduct.

A coroner’s inquest has been called into the Dudley-McKay deaths, but is not expected to take place until the criminal case concludes.

kbolan@vancouversun.com

Read The Real Scoop at vancouversun.com/bolan

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Police Asking for Assistance in Locating Karen Batke
Date: January 25, 2008
Surrey: RCMP are attempting to locate 39 year-old Karen Batke, last seen by her family and friends in February of 2007. This period of extended absence, with no communication with family, is unusual for Karen.

Karen is 5'3" tall, 120 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who may have seen Karen or had contact with her in the past few months is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at (604) 599-0502. Or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Irvin Michell

Burns Lake BC

Burns Lake man still missing

Police are once again seeking the public and the media’s assistance in locating Irvin Michell of Burns Lake.

The investigation by the North District Major Crime Unit, with assistance from Burns Lake and Prince George RCMP, found that Irvin Michell was last seen in Prince George in the early morning hours of May 28, 2007 in the company of individuals known to be involved in the Prince George drug trade.

Police believe Irvin Michell’s disappearance or lack of communications could be connected to the drug trade and have not been able to rule out the possibility of foul play. Police are asking Irvin, or anyone who may have been in contact with Irvin, to please contact investigators immediately. Both Irvin’s family and police are concerned for his well being and simply want to know that he is okay as the missing person investigation continues.

Irvin Michell, who also goes by the name “Punky”, is described as five-foot-three, 140 pounds with brown eyes. He has a number of tattoos including Ace cards on his left shoulder, the initials TP on his right hand, a snake with a cross on his left ankle and a skull with a flame on his left wrist.

Anyone who has any information regarding Irvin Michell’s whereabouts is asked to contact Burns Lake RCMP at (250) 692-7171 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Grow Op Found

A screaming man led RCMP to a marijuana grow operation on Adam Drive last week.

Just after 7 a.m. on Oct. 18, RCMP received a 911 call of a man screaming and other loud noises coming from a residence in the Adam Drive-Eden Road area.

When they arrived, they went to a residence in the 7000 block of Adam Drive, where they found an intoxicated male, who was taken into custody.

A quick search of the residence was made to ensure there was no sign of an altercation. The search revealed evidence of a marijuana grow operation.

RCMP obtained a search warrant, which was executed later that day. More than 200 plants in various stages of growth and hydroponic growing equipment were seized.

The investigation is continuing, and no charges have yet been laid.

Assault

Prince George RCMP are seeking public assistance regarding an assault which occurred earlier this month.

At about 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 3, an assault occurred near the Rum Jungle Nightclub on Fifth Avenue. Two men were fighting and one was knocked unconscious. As he was laying on the sidewalk, a third man approached and kicked him in the head. Two of the men left the scene.

When the third man regained consciousness, he also left, but attended hospital later that day. He was kept in hospital for observation because of swelling on his head.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Police investigation continues to locating missing Burns Lake man
June 20, 2007
Burns Lake, BC: Police are once again seeking the public and the media’s assistance in locating 32-year-old Irvin Michell of Burns Lake. Mr. Michell was last seen by family on May 27, 2007 at approximately 10:00 pm when he stepped outside of his residence. Mr. Michell has not been seen or heard from since.

Investigators from North District Major Crime, with the assistance from Burns Lake and Prince George RCMP, believe that Irvin Michell may have been in the Prince George area since he was last seen in May. Police believe his disappearance or lack of communications could be connected to the drug trade and they have not been able to rule out the possibility of foul play. Police are asking Irvin, or anyone who may have been in contact with Irvin, to please contact investigators immediately. Both Irvin’s family and police are concerned for his well being and simply want to know that he is okay as the missing person investigation continues.

Irvin Michell, who also goes by the name “Punky”, is described as 5 foot 3, 140 pounds with brown eyes. He has a number of tattoos including the Ace Cards on his left shoulder, the initials TP on his right hand, a snake with a cross on his left ankle and a skull with a flame on his left wrist.

Photos of Irvin can be found below as Attachments 1 & 2.

Anyone who has any information regarding Irvin Mitchell’s whereabouts is asked to contact Burns Lake RCMP at (250)692-7171 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-847
 

Wade MACKENZIE

Police Requesting Public's Assistance in Locating Missing White Rock Male

2008- January - 26
        
Wade MACKENZIE
a 23 year male has been missing since Wednesday January 16, 2008, and White Rock RCMP area asking for the public's assistance in locating MACKENZIE.

MACKENZIE's was last seen at the Great Pacific Forum in Delta, British Columbia in the early morning hours of Thursday January 17th. At approximately 1:30 AM, MACKENZIE was seen in his 1986 Red Honda Prelude, however is believed to have left the area on foot.

MACKENZIE is described as a Caucasian male, 5ft, 6 inches tall, 170 lbs, black hair and blue eyes.
He was last seen wearing: baggy blue jeans, with a grey or grey and black hooded sweat shirt, and white running shoes. Please view the attached images of MACKENZIE.

The RCMP are asking anyone who may have seen MACKENZIE walking in the area surrounding the Great Pacific Forum or Northbound over the Alex Fraser Bridge after 1:30 AM on January 17, 2008 to please contact the White Rock RCMP at (604) 531-5527 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Ira CHIDLOW

Family and Police Seek Public Assistance
The family of Ira CHIDLOW is seeking the public’s assistance in locating him. Ira is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and left his Coquitlam residence on February 10 some time around 1pm and has not been heard from since.
He is described as a very fit 77 year old man who is 5’7”, 160lbs, short grey wavy hair, blonde eyebrows, blue eyes and is believed to be wearing a black jacket with a beige collar, blue jeans, and beige canvass shoes. He is driving a 1999 white Ford Taurus with bcl TEX 453 and is not carrying any identification.
He is know to frequent the Boulevard Casino and Ridgeway Legion. Any one with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at (604)945-1550

Luke Degerness

Mother Pleas for Help In Locating Son
By 250 News
http://www.opinion250.com/images/degerness.jpg

Thursday, June 07, 2012 03:00 PM

 

Gina Degerness holds the missing person flyer  about her son Lucas who has been missing  since June 7th, 2007

 

Prince George, B.C.- It has been five years since Lucas Degerness was last seen in Prince George.

Today, his mother, Gina Degerness, made a tearful plea for anyone who knows anything about where Lucas may be, to come forward and share that information.

Missing Children Society of Canada  Investigator Ted Davis says this has been a baffling case, as it doesn’t have the typical elements   seen in a disappearance. He has been working on this case for the MCSC since Lucas was first reported missing “I will work it to the end” said Davis.

Lucas and his mother had attended a meeting with the Vice Principal of Prince George Secondary School on June 6th, 2007. Lucas was 14 at the time, and the subject of the meeting was his scholastic performance. He was in danger of failing one class, but   the discussion  ended with Lucas agreeing to pick up a course  in summer school. The meeting over, Lucas left the office to return to class while his mother stayed behind to chat a little longer with the Vice Principal. Lucas never returned to class and while investigators know he spent that  night at a friends place, he never went home, and hasn’t been seen since.

(at right, an aged enhanced sketch of what Lucas might look like today - courtesy RCMP)

Investigator Davis says there have been numerous tips that have been followed, including one which lead to a search of the Hudson’s Bay Slough, which failed to uncover any sign of the missing teen. There have been numerous sightings of someone believed to be Lucas, but Police and the Missing Childrens Society have confirmed those sightings were of a young man who resembles Lucas.

The most recent tip has come from Vancouver, and investigators are flushing that one out to see if there is anything to it.
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“The thing is, Lucas is now 19” says RCMP Corporal Craig Douglass “He is an adult and  there is no reason for him not to come forward.”

Douglass adds “ We believe there is someone out there who knows what happened, who knows where Lucas is.  It is time to step forward, to share that bit of information that could be the one piece of the puzzle that will give the family some answers.”

“I have been dealing with this for so long” said Gina Degerness  as she fought back tears “But it still seems so fresh.   I will never give up hope.”

There are several  ways to  pass along a tip   in this case:

Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300,

anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS),

online at External Linkwww.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or

Text-A-Tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using keyword "pgtips", or anonymously contact the Missing Children Society of Canada at 1-800-661-6160 or email a tip to tips@mcsc.ca.

Anniversary Of Teen’s Disappearance

Prince George

File # Prince George 2007-20640 - 2012-06-05 13:08 PDT

On June 7th, 2012 the Prince George RCMP in partnership with the Missing Children Society of Canada, will hold a media conference regarding the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 14 year old Lucas James Degerness.

Investigators are still seeking key information that is needed to resolve this case.

When: June 7th, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Where: Prince George RCMP Detachment
999 Brunswick Street,
Prince George, BC

A representative of Lucas’ family, Prince George RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Craig Douglass and representatives of the Missing Children Society of Canada, will be in attendance to speak to media.

If you have any information about Lucas James Degerness or where he might be, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-TIPS (8477), online at External Linkwww.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword "pgtips".


Candlelight Vigil for Luke Degerness This Evening
By
250 News

Saturday, January 29, 2011 04:44 AM

Prince George, BC-  Today is Luke Degerness’s 18th birthday and there will be candles glowing outside the Prince George courthouse to mark the date, but it is not a celebration.

Luke has been missing since June of 2007. He was just 14 when he disappeared.

The event outside the courthouse is a vigil, his mother, friends and family have never lost hope that Luke will come home.

Despite efforts by the local RCMP detachment to locate Luke, there has been no sign of the teen since he spent the night at a friend’s place on Oak Street , June 8th in 2007.

His mother, Gina, is hopeful friends and family will attend this evening’s event and perhaps the vigil will spark a memory or information that will lead to Luke’s whereabouts
Prince George BC

LATEST NEWS Nov. 16, 2010

Prince George

Slough Searched for Missing Prince George Teen

Share | File # 2007-20640

2010-11-16 13:00 PST

Prince George RCMP were working in partnership with Missing Children Society of Canada over the weekend in relation to a missing persons investigation.

The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) spear-headed a search of the Hudson's Bay slough in the organization's ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Prince George teen, Lucas Degerness. Lucas went missing on June 7, 2007 and at that time was living only a short distance from the slough area. MCSC's search was prompted by recently received information on Luc's suspicious disappearance.

MCSC's coordinated effort brought together several search partners including the Prince George RCMP. One search partner used specialized sonar and radar equipment which allowed trained professionals to accomplish a detailed search of the slough and surrounding area.

“As a result of the search, a key area of question in Lucas’ case was thoroughly investigated,” explained Maria Sbert, Director of MCSC’s Investigation Unit. “The findings have been turned over to the RCMP for processing”.

“The RCMP have a great partnership with Missing Children Society of Canada and if information is provided by any support agencies we will be actively involved in order to investigate or follow up with any leads that could bring light to an investigation.” Stated Cst. Lesley Smith, Prince George Media Relations Officer.

Following the conclusion of the search, Lucas’ mother, Georgina Degerness released the following statement:

"I want to thank MCSC for the search of the Hudson's Bay slough along with their search partners. I send my thoughts and prayers to all the families and friends with missing loved ones. Thank you also to the RCMP for their continued support. Anyone with information on my son or any of our missing kids call MCSC toll free at 1-800-661-6160. Thank you everyone for your help.”

MCSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the active search for abducted and missing children. If anyone has information in regards to the disappearance of Lucas Degerness or any other missing children case, please contact MCSC confidentially at 1-800-661-6160 toll free or tips@mcsc.ca. MCSC investigator Dan Picken can be reached directly at 1-800-661-6160 EXT 229 OR contact Prince George RCMP at (250) 561-3300.

Boy vanished three years ago

It has been three years this week since Gina Degerness last saw her son Luke. He was 14 at the time.

At last contact with his mother, Degerness had been in the PGSS principal’s office for a meeting with his mother and left the meeting apparently in a good mood. He was headed for his next class on that morning of June 7. He did not arrive and has not been seen or heard from since then.

“At first the police considered him a missing child who ran away; then they considered him a runaway who didn’t want to be found; now I don’t know what they are thinking,” said Gina Degerness.

She had been a concerned mother for a long time before he disappeared, ever since she discovered an e-mail while they were living in Edmonton. The email was from Luke asking a friend how he could join up with a notorious Alberta street gang. He was immediately sent to live with relations in Prince George, with Gina and a newborn baby arrivng about a month later.

Since Degerness disappeared, his little sister has had three birthdays, with a fourth coming up in July. His big sister had a baby. His father had a heart attack but recovered and has a new girlfriend. His brother got married. His uncle has a new baby. A different uncle discovered he had a 13-year-old son. And Luke would have celebrated his 17th birthday on Jan. 29.

“He has just missed so much,” said Gina Degerness.

She fears that a lot of missing persons websites are missing a lot too. She constantly checks to see where her son’s profile is listed. She is usually disheartened at the lack of attention the case gets. The only group to take the case seriously for all this time was the Missing Children Society of Canada, she said, who have had private investigators looking into leads but, like the police, have turned up no sure sign of the boy.

“We consider him still a missing person. We are requesting assistance from the public. If anyone has any idea, please contact us,” said Prince George RCMP spokeswoman Const. Lesley Smith. “We did receive a number of tips at the beginning of this investigation, they have all been followed up on, but they did not result in finding Luke Degerness. All of our leads have ended up cold. We have not received any more tips regarding the location or any other information about Luke Degerness at this time.”

Gina Degerness is applying for the RCMP’s age progression program, which creates a simulated image of what a person would possibly look like over a span of time.

His mom insists that no matter what he has done, she still wants to hear from her son. With no evidence either way, she is compelled to consider that he was the victim of foul play, but also that he might have run away. No matter what the circumstances, she said, she wants her son home.

In the meantime she waits, and she tries to urge the investigation on.

“There is no support for parents with missing kids,” she said. “No group of us gets together to discuss these things. People who have had this happen to them would understand what I’m going through, but if you have had that happen you know all those feelings very well.”

Mom hopes vigil will remind public of her missing son
Written by FRANK PEEBLES
Citizen staff
Thursday, 18 December 2008

 

A vigil will be held this weekend for Luke Degerness, the local youth who has disappeared for the past year and a half.
"People are in the giving spirit, perhaps it will tug at the heart strings a little bit and I can get some more eyes out there watching for him," said Gina. "It's like he dropped off the planet. He's been gone since he was 14, and his 16th birthday is coming up soon (Jan. 29). We would love to have him home for Christmas."
Luke was last seen at Prince George secondary school on June 7, 2007. He was wearing a red baseball cap, blue jeans, white t-shirt, and black running shoes. He was also carrying a large camouflage backpack. According to investigators with Missing Children Society of Canada, he had gotten into some trouble at school but a meeting with school officials that day had gone well and he apparently left the meeting in a good mood heading for his next class. He never arrived.
"It's just worrisome that not one friend, not one family member has heard from him. That's what worries me the most, I think," Gina said.
He has a long history of trouble, but nothing that would turn his family's back on him, Gina said. He was in Edmonton for a while before his disappearance, and some of the investigations since his disappearance have centred there. There was a recent suggestion he was in Calgary and that has so far turned up nothing.
"The more prayers and positive energy we can get going, hopefully that is what will help bring him home," said Gina, who refused to give in to the emotions of the other possibilities.
The vigil will be held Saturday on the steps of the Prince George Courtouse at 7 p.m. People are encouraged to attend and show support, and it would be appreciated if you brought a candle for yourself (and a punctured cup or some other item to use as a windshield).
For more information, Gina has set up a Facebook group in honour of her son. Anyone interested can search for "Luke Degerness Is Still Missing" and join this group for regular updates.
Anyone with information on Degerness's activities or whereabouts should call the Missing Children Society of Canada's investigators at 1-800-661-6160 or email
tips@mcsc.ca. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
The RCMP can be reached at 561-3300 or for anonymous information call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating 14-year-old Luke Degerness, who was last seen by him family on Thursday, June 7, at 10 a.m. while attending school.
Luke is described as Metis, five feet, eight inches tall with a medium build. He has dark hair and eyes and was wearing a red ball cap, black T-shirt, jeans and white runners when he was last seen. Should you have any information regarding this youth, or his whereabouts, please call the Prince George Detachment of the RCMP at 561-3300 or Crime
Stoppers at               1-800-222-TIPS(8477).  

Saturday, 15 December 2007, 10:28 PST
scott stanfield

Prince George RCMP require the public's assistance in locating a teenager who has been missing for upwards of six months.
Lucas Degerness, 14, a Prince George resident, was last seen June 7 at a local senior secondary school and has not returned home.
He is about 5'8", 130 pounds, has brown eyes and brown or dyed blond hair. Lucas was last seen wearing a red ball cap, blue jeans, white T-shirt and black running shoes. He was also carrying a large camouflage backpack.
Police have been unable to verify "sporadic" sightings of Lucas and would very much like to confirm that he is safe.
Anyone with information is asked to call Prince George RCMP at 561-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Christina Calayca

Worry Grows For Missing Toronto Woman

Wednesday August 8, 2007

CityNews.ca Staff

The mysterious disappearance of a Toronto woman in the woods near Thunder Bay has her family, and police, looking for answers.

Christina Calayca (pictured) hasn't been seen since Monday.  The 20-year-old was camping at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay with her cousin and two young men.  She went jogging with one of the males.  He says they split up and she never came back.

"I pray that she is just lost," said the missing woman's frantic aunt, Charina West.  "My worst fear is that she's been attacked by someone or kidnapped you know."

Calayca isn't an experienced camper, and her family was surprised to discover she was in the Thunder Bay area after telling them she would be spending the long weekend in Montreal.

"The more I talk to different people they have different answers," a confused West adds.

Calayca is a teacher and is also very involved in a Catholic youth group.

"I know she will pray and we will pray with that she will be found safe."

Added information:

Christina Calayca is missing from Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, 200 kms east of Thunder Bay. She is from Toronto, was camping in Rainbow Falls.

OPP calls off resumption of search for Toronto woman

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | 12:37 PM ET

CBC News

Ontario Provincial Police had hoped to resume their search for Christina Calayca this week, but had to cancel because of bad weather.

Calayca was last seen on the morning of Aug. 6, 2007 during a camping trip with friends at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park, about 180 kilometres east of Thunder Bay.

OPP Sgt. Deb Tully says seven members of the highly-trained Provincial Emergency Response Team (PERT) wer

A poster for Christine Calayca, 20, of Toronto, who was reported missing in the Thunder Bay, Ont., area in August.
A poster for Christine Calayca, 20, of Toronto, who was reported missing in the Thunder Bay, Ont., area in August.

Canadian Press
"In the case of the Calayca search, we were going to be utilizing them to do some high-risk, rappelling-style of search. It's called high-angle rope search and rescue, and they [PERT] have a number of officers who are trained to a higher degree in that style of search," she said. 

Tully said the PERT members would have spent about five days checking areas that were too dangerous to access during the initial search.

She said the weather will now be the deciding factor when it comes to rescheduling the team's visit.
 
Tully said officers planned to look along steep cliffs, which could be very hazardous if they're covered in snow or ice.
 
Police and volunteers combed the woods for more than two weeks in August, but failed to find any trace of the woman.
 
Tully says this is still an open missing-person investigation, and is not considered a criminal investigation since no evidence has been found to suggest foul play.

Shawn West

Mission BC, Norrish Creek Area

Age 34, 5ft. 9inch - 150-170lbs. Brown Hair - Eyes Blue/Green
Distinguishing marks - Tattoos; Inside both bottom forearms, Upper Back shoulder blade, Upper arm and on his left hand by thumb.

Clothes last seen wearing; White Fila runners, Black track pants, Black playboy bouncer hoody; Navy blue adidas hoody, Navy blue & Grey Columbia ski jacket.

Shawn may have an broken ankle or leg.

If you have seen or know the where abouts of Shawn, please contact the Mission RCMP at 604-826-7161, Cst. A Fallis or Cst. Foster or contact you local police detachment.

Shawn West Still Missing My boyfriend Shawn West went missing March 9th 2007 from Mission BC around Norrish Creek area and was last seen bobbing down the river according to the Mission RCMP, we feel Shawn is still missing because there is no evidence saying otherwise. Shawn has family living in Alberta which that gives us reason to believe he may have found his way out there we really are not sure. Shawn is missed from myself, friends, family back here in Mission and would like to find out that he is alright. Please if anybody at all knows where Shawn West is today or any information on Shawn West please would you contact me Sebrina Mazzei, Shawn weights about 160-175lbs is about 5'10 in height light brown hair blue/green eyes has a scar in the top middle of forehead tattoos on both lower forearms, on his back shoulder, upper arm and his left hand by his thumb. Shawn was last seen wearing White Fila running shoes, blue Columbia winter ski jacket, blue Levi jeans, Black Playboy hoody, Black track pants over top of jeans.

Fiona” Shan LIN

Missing 17-year-old Tourist is Cause for Concern
If you have seen or heard from “Fiona” Shan LIN, North Vancouver RCMP need to speak with you right away.

17-year-old LIN has been visiting the Lower Mainland from China for one week, but she’s been missing since 11:00am Saturday, July 28th, 2007. LIN has two more weeks left in her stay. LIN is staying in Mission with a tour group, but she got separated from the group on a day trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. LIN is afraid of heights and she walked away from the main group during their visit. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since and may have gotten on a transit bus.

LIN does not have any identification with her, speaks very little english and has no friends or family in the Lower Mainland. She is 5 feet tall with a slim build, wears glasses and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black golf shirt.

If you have any information on LIN, please call the North Vancouver RCMP at 604-985-1311. Ask for Cst. Jas SUNNER and mention file number 2007-20560

Zhe GAO. GAO

Missing from Richmond BC
Police Seek Assistance to locate Missing Male
August 3rd, 2007
Richmond: The Richmond RCMP are seeking public assistance to locate or obtain information on the whereabouts of an adult male who is identified as Zhe GAO. GAO*s family who lives in China, last heard from GAO when they spoke to him on the phone at the end of 2006. GAO is a Chinese National who attended Canada Princeton College between 2005 and 2006, and lived in Richmond. He is described as an Asian male, 28 years old,
5 feet and 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who has any information in regards to the whereabouts of Mr. GAO is requested to contact crimestoppers or the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. 
Alexis DEVLIN

Missing Youth - Alexis DEVLIN

Missing Youth At Risk
Surrey RCMP are looking for assistance from the public in locating a 14 year old female, Alexis Pearle DEVLIN.
Alexis went missing from a group home on the 14th of July and has not been seen nor heard from since that date. Both police investigators and workers are very concerned for the safety of this youth.
When last seen, Alexis was wearing black sweat pants & a grey hoodie. She is described as being 5'3" tall, 130 lbs, blonde hair and blue eyes.
Police have made extensive inquiries around the area including area hospitals, social service agencies & organizations such as The Front Room to no avail.
Anyone with any information is asked to call police @ (604) 599-0502 & asked to speak with Cst. Brad Williams.

Kim Rogelstad

Coquitlam BC

No Leads on Missing Woman

A 43 year old Coquitlam woman has not been seen or heard from for nearly three months and police and her family have no indication as to what happened to her. Kim Rogelstad last spoke to her mother on May 27 and has not made any contact with anyone since then. This is unusual behavior for Kim and her family are concerned about her well being. She is described as a Caucasian, 5'8", 145lbs, green eyes and has brown hair which is usually worn in a pony tail.

If you have seen her or have information about her whereabouts please contact the Cst. Shuttleworth at the Coquitlam RCMP at (604)552-7364 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers is an anonymous service that provides translation for 115 languages.

Norman M. Hennel

Yellowknife Northwest Territory

POLICE SEEK PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE MISSING MAN
ROSS RIVER, YUKON (Tuesday, October 16, 2007) - The RCMP Ross River Detachment is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing person.
Norman M. Hennel, in his 60s, of Yellowknife was last seen on Monday, September 3, 2007 when he was dropped off by plane in the Keel Lake area located approximately 80 kilometres northwest of the MacMillan pass on the Yukon/ Northwest Territory border.
Hennel is a Caucasian with blue eyes and grey hair. He is of medium to heavy build, approximately 1.80 meters (5'11") tall and weights approximately 81 kilograms (180 pounds).
Hennel was last seen wearing a black Carhartt-type jacket, green wool pants, rubber boots and baseball cap. He was carrying a rifle, tarp/fly, axe and a Trapper Nelson backpack.
Hennel was first reported missing on October 1, 2007. The RCMP immediately attempted multiple air searches of the Keel Lake area which were hampered due to poor weather conditions. The area is not accessible from the ground at this time of year due to snow/ ground conditions. On October 8, 2007, a thorough search of the area's camp and cabins showed no signs of human activity.
RCMP investigators are unable to determine if Hennel is still in the Keel Lake area. It is possible that Hennel may have obtained a ride on the North Canol highway and travelled to British Columbia, Alberta or Northwest Territory.
RCMP officers are asking anyone with information on Hennel or his whereabouts to contact the RCMP Whitehorse Detachment at 667-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Jean Annie Roelfsema

Summerland BC   

  2007-12-10 - Update

The South-East District General Investigation Section is continuing to assist in locating Jean ROELFSEMA who has been missing since October 7, 2007.

Jean ROELFSEMA left Edmonton, Alberta on October 7, 2007 and was on her way back home to Summerland, BC. Jean ROELFSEMA is believed to have been seen in southern British Columbia around the middle of October, however Police are still asking anyone who may have seen Jean ROELFSEMA to call Police or Crime Stoppers.
Jean ROELFSEMA is 71 years old. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and
122 pounds. She has blue eyes and reddish blonde hair. She is driving a gray 1999 Dodge Caravan. The British Columbia licence plate number on the van is 579 KCR. The van is distinctive. On the back of the van, there is a, "Winnie the Pooh" sticker on the driver’s side. Also on the back of the van, there is a painted honey comb with the words, "The Honey Pot." There are teddy bear hub caps on the front wheels of the van. Jean ROELFSEMA was traveling with her three dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cst. Foidart of the Southeast District General Investigation Section at (250) 491-5369 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 

Julie Rattee, Cst.
Kelowna & Southeast District Communications Officer
350 Doyle Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6V7
Jean Roelfsema

Police seek public's assistance in locating missing person

Evansburg, Alberta Police are requesting the assistance of the public in locating 71 year old Jean Annie Roelfsema. She was last seen leaving her son's residence in Edmonton Alberta in the early morning hours of October 7, 2007 and was traveling by van to her home in Summerland B.C. with her three small dogs.

Mrs. Roelfsema was expected to take a couple of days travelling home via hwy 16 west to Merritt BC and then to Summerland via the connector. It is also possible that she detoured to Grande Prairie, Alberta and then returned home by northern B.C. highways. She has not been seen or heard from since she left Edmonton, Alberta.

Her vehicle is very distinctive. It is a 1999 grey Dodge Caravan with B.C. licence 579 KCR and has teddy bear hubcaps on both front wheels, a round "Winnie the Pooh" sticker on the rear passenger side and a painted yellow pot of honey with the words "The Honey Pot" on the rear driver side of the van.

Anyone who has seen Mrs. Roelfsema or her van or has any information regarding the whereabouts of either are asked to please contact their nearest RCMP or other police department.

UPDATE

Still Missing – Jean Roelfsema.
Please note paragraph in red for details on Jean’s car.
I thank each one of you who continue to forward the “I am Missing” emails faithfully to family and friends.

ROELFSEMA is described as a 71 year old female, approximately 5'4" tall and weighs 125lbs. and has short curly auburn colored hair (see above photo). The vehicle she is driving is a 1999 grey Dodge Caravan bearing B.C licence plate # 579 KCR. On the rear of the van there is a “Winnie the Pooh” sticker and a hand painted drawing with the words “The Hunny Pot” (see photo below). The two hub caps on the front two tires are teddy bear hub caps. Jean was also traveling with three small dogs.

Jean ROELFSEMA's vehicle
Anyone with information on ROELFSEMA is asked to contact Cst. FOIDART at the Kelowna RCMP by calling (250) 491-4369 or Crimestoppers

RCMP in Alberta and British Columbia continue in their efforts to locate 71 year old Jean Annie Roelfsema who has been missing since leaving her son's residence in Edmonton on October 7, 2007. It is believed that she is traveling with three small dogs. The family is also appealing to the public to call police if Jean or her vehicle should be sighted.

The vehicle believed driven by Jean Roelfsema is a 1999 charcoal grey Dodge Caravan with British Columbia licence plate 579 KCR. A family member has provided images bearing home drawn versions of graphics that appear on the rear door of the minivan. A sticker of Winnie the Pooh is displayed on the left side and the right side has a hand painted picture of a beehive, a bee and printed out is" THE HUNNY Pot". The actual lettering of this phrase is yellow in color. Photos of the vehicle and the images are attached along with a photo of Jean Roelfsema.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Jean or her van is encouraged to call 911, or contact the nearest police office, or Evansburg RCMP at 780 - 727 - 3654.

Background... 2007 Oct 18
Police are requesting the assistance of the public in locating 71 year old Jean Annie Roelfsema. She was last seen leaving her son's residence in Edmonton Alberta in the early morning hours of October 7, 2007 and was traveling by van to her home in Summerland B.C. with her three small dogs. Mrs. Roelfsema was expected to take a couple of days traveling home via hwy 16 west to Merritt BC and then to Summerland via the connector. It is also possible that she detoured to Grande Prairie, Alberta and then returned home by northern B.C. highways. She has not been seen or heard from since she left Edmonton, Alberta.

Her vehicle is very distinctive. It is a 1999 grey Dodge Caravan with B.C. license 579 KCR and has teddy bear hubcaps on both front wheels, a round "Winnie the Pooh" sticker on the rear passenger side and a painted yellow pot of honey with the words "The Honey Pot" on the rear driver side of the van.

Anyone who has seen Mrs. Roelfsema or her van or has any information regarding the whereabouts of either are asked to please contact their nearest RCMP or other police department.

Logo on Missing Woman's car     Loga on Missing Woman's car 


Stephen SHEVKENEK

Fort St. John, BC: The Fort St John RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 29 year old male.

Stephen SHEVKENEK was last seen at his residence in Fort St John , BC on Sunday November 25th, 2007. SHEVKENEK left the residence and is believed to be driving a 2003 Dodge Ram Pickup bearing BC Licence plate # 8292KS. The vehicle is further described as having a four inch lift kit, nerf bars on the side and the words BUSH PILOT written on the rear side windows. There may also be a BP Racing sticker in the rear window. His destination is unknown.

A photo of SHEVKENEK is shown.

If anyone knows the whereabout of SHEVKENEK or sees his pickup they are asked not to approach him and contact the RCMP immediately at (250) 787-8140 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Beric Bason

Search for Beric Bason "Update"
UPDATED 2007-07-26 AT 1500 HOURS
Beric’s father attended the search area this afternoon. Cpl BES met with Mr Bason and together we toured the area and reviewed the topographical features. Cpl BES and Mr BASON spent an hour going over the details of the police and Search and Rescue actions to date.

For the family members, in order to better understand the information that is being provided, they really must attend the area. It is the only way the mind will fully comprehend. Mr BASON can now relay to his wife and the other family members what the terrain is like and how the search effort unfolded. Mr BASON will not be staying the night, he is heading back home.

There has been no new information today and the search remains on hold, police and search and Rescue are still reviewing the details daily.

Missing Person Loon Lake Area "Update"

UPDATED 2007-07-25 AT 1600 HOURS

As of 1600 hours today the search for Beric BASON has been suspended. An extensive and exhaustive search of the area has been completed and there is simply nowhere else to search under the conditions of the area. Two police helicopters, a police boat, police quads, approximately thirty Search and Rescue personnel from Logan Lake, Kamloops, Barrierre and 100 Mile House along with their all terrain equipment, along with support services from Clinton were involved. The family was kept fully appraised during the entire process.

At this point there are no active plans to reactivate the search. If new information arises, the matter will be re assessed and teams can be reactivated..

The police investigation has not ended, just the active area search. Police are still looking into other options for the future and will remain in contact with the family and provide whatever support we can. We will follow up on any and all information that comes to light. There is still the possibility that Beric left the area and we are still hopeful that someone has seen him or picked him up from the area.

If anybody has any information, please contact the nearest police office.

Alfred Jimmy Gardiner

Burnaby RCMP still need you assistance in locating Mr. Alfred “Jimmy” GARDINER.
File: 2007-44527
Date of Incident: 2007-September-10
Location: Burnaby, British Columbia.
Date of Release : 2007-September-24

On September 10, 2007 Alfred Jimmy Gardiner was reported missing to the Burnaby RCMP. He is a 77 year old Burnaby resident that was last seen at approximately 11 am on September 9. Jimmy told his roommate that he was heading out for a walk from his residence in the 7000 block of Linden Avenue. He has not been seen since. It is unusual for Jimmy to be away from home for this length of time.

Posters have been put up in the area that he resides and some of the areas he was known to visit.
He has been known to frequent Richmond Park in Burnaby and the downtown East side of Vancouver.

DESCRIPTION:
- Last seen wearing a cream colored jacket and black shoes.
- 5ft4 in height and approximately 160 lbs.
- wears dark rimmed prescription glasses and has short grey hair.
- He may have a red string around his neck with a set of keys on it.

Police are requesting anyone with information regarding the location of Jimmy Gardiner to contact the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 as this investigation continues. If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. They are open 24/7. You do not have to give your name, address, or your telephone number. You do not have to testify in
Court. A cash reward of up to $2000.00 will be paid for any information which leads to an arrest and charge.

Tamara Chipman

January 25, 2006 - From Aunty Gladys

Thank you so much for your support in searching for Tamara. Her dad, Tom and his wife were here in Vancouver following a tip from Terrace R.C.M.P. around January 16,2006. We searched day and night down here in the lower mainland and posted many pictures of her everywhere. We gave local and long distance phone numbers and have received no responses yet.

Tom and Christine have headed back home to Terrace, as of yesterday January 24, I'm sure with broken hearts. My heart is broken too because we all had our hopes up that she would be here.

For now we have to keep praying that she is safe and hope that she will come home soon. We love that little girl and miss her dearly.

I am located in Vancouver and have many networks down here working in hopes to find her. I will not stop looking for her until she is found.

Thank you for your invaluable time.

All my relations Gladys Radek

Carrier Nation

Please Help Find Me


Tamara Chipman

Tamara Chipman, 22, has been missing since Sept. 21. She often wears wig such as blonde, brunette and red hair. She was last seen hitchhiking on Hwy. 16 near the Prince Rupert industrial park.

March 6, 2006

My name is Laura Galema, I am currently living in Prince Albert Saskatchewan. I grew up in the Terrace and Kitimat Area and as a result went to school with Tamara, The last time I was in Terrace Tamara and Jaden Stayed with me at a friends, It took me by surprise when I heard that Tamara was missing, I am sorry that I do not have any information on her where about but if possible can you send my condolences to her family? I know she would not just disappear out of the blue like that as her son means the world to her.

I hope she is found.
Laura Galema

Tamara's friend Tania says:

In regards to Ms Tamara Chipman she is a spunky, fun love, free spirited women, who loved to show of pics of her son. Tamara's life was ruff growing up, ....... I will always remember the things she did for me.....
a friend that grieves for are highway of tears women.

Anyone having seen Tamara to her possible whereabouts please call Terrace RCMP detachment at 638-7400, the Prince Rupert RCMP detachment at (250) 627-0700 - or Crime Stoppers

*********

REGIONAL RCMP are looking for a missing Terrace woman who was last seen hitchhiking along Hwy 16 near Prince Rupert.
Tamara Chipman, 22, is believed to have been hitchhiking eastbound near Prince Rupert’s industrial park around 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
At a press conference held at the Terrace RCMP detachment Nov. 23, Chipman’s aunt Lorna Brown appealed to the public to keep an eye out for the missing woman.
“I would just like to plead with anybody who has seen Tamara or has seen anyone who’s seen her, Lord I pray she’s found and I pray that anybody who comes across her since September 21 that they would contact RCMP,” said Brown.
“This is a girl who’s loved by her father, stepmother and family. She’s loved by all her family. If anybody has information, please contact local RCMP.”
Terrace Staff Sgt. Eric Stubbs said Chipman is believed to have been in Prince Rupert visiting friends and partying from Sept. 19 to 21, prior to her disappearance.
Chipman is described as an aboriginal female, about 5’10” tall and weighing 130 pounds.
She has brown eyes and very short brown hair but was known to wear various blonde, brunette and red wigs.
She has a small freckle beneath her left eye.
Police did say she is known to lead a high risk lifestyle which includes hitchhiking.
Police do not know what clothing she may have been wearing at the time of her disappearance.

The Terrace Standard
3210 Clinton St. Terrace B.C. V8G 5R2
phone: 250-638-7283 fax: 250-638-8432
www.terracestandard.com  email:newsroom@terracestandard.com

If someone can provide more details and pictures of Tamara please email to

tony@highwayoftears
.ca  


Nicole Hoar

Please Help us find Nicole Hoar

Age 25, 5' 9'', 130 lbs. Dark hair in a pony tail, blue eyes and glasses. Last seen heading west from Prince George hitchhiking to Smithers on June 21, 2002.

Was carrying a large purple and black backpack. Was wearing beige capri pants and a long sleeve red sports shirt, with a white and yellow collar, and the name "Ravens" on it. She was carrying an olive green shoulder bag with an orange appliqued Dragon on it.

Anyone having seen Nicole or having any information as to her possible whereabouts please call RCMP in Prince George: (250) 561-3300 or any RCMP detachment - or Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers Poster

Highway 16 missing not linked?
July 8, 2002

A sixth family feels the pain
July 19, 2002

tony@doorsofhope.com

LANA DERRICK


Aged 19, Dark brown hair; brown eyes disappeared Oct. 7, 1995, at a service station in Thornhill while home from school or the weekend. Lana was enrolled in forestry studies at Northwest Community College. If you have any information concerning Lana call the nearest RCMP or Police - or Crime Stoppers

Lana's friend Tania says, I know in my heart that there is not much hope to bring Lana Derrick home safe, but maybe your web site will help solve this case so Lana's remains could be brought home and berried properly.

I will always remember Lana as a great friend, who was always there to listen.

Lana is in the hearts of friends and family everyday.

If someone can provide more details and pictures of Lana please email to

DELPHINE NIKAL

Aged 16. Disappeared from Smithers, BC on June 14, 1990, hitchhiking east on Highway 16 from Smithers to her home in Telkwa. If you have any information concerning Delphine call the nearest RCMP or Police - or
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Brittany STALMAN

Still Waiting:
tribute video to Brittany Stalman

Parents keep up their search, despite fearing daughter is dead

Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2007

Since their daughter Brittany vanished without trace last November her parents, Sandra and Mike Stalman, have been wandering the trails through Burns Bog searching in dread for the remains of their eldest child.

The bog is a vast wetland and an official search -- and their own lonely walks -- have failed to find any trace of the 17-year-old who left home on the afternoon of Nov. 13 in a cloud of anger.

Her mom, Sandra, now believes her daughter is dead.

Brittany Stalman has been missing since November 13, 2006.

Brittany Stalman has been missing since November 13, 2006.

Stalman Family/Vancouver Sun

"My feeling is that I don't think she's with us anymore. She's very social, she would have contacted us by now if she was alive," she said Friday.

"When she left she was upset with her boyfriend [they quarreled frequently and had broken up again] but she wasn't mad with anyone else. She wasn't mad with us. This would have been her grad year. She's a very girly girl and liked clothes and nice things and wouldn't want to live on the street," she said.

"I'm 90-per-cent certain she wouldn't harm herself. I think someone else has harmed her."

But the possibility exists that her body is lying out there in the bog within walking distance of her North Delta home.

And today six members of the Canadian Dog Search Association and their four highly-trained cadaver dogs from Edmonton will begin a two-day sweep of a section of the bog in and around the old ruins of a peat moss factory.

The search is being conducted by the Missing Children Society of Canada, based in Calgary, and it is the second time the team has flown to Delta to search for Brittany, who suffered from depression.

"I can't say how much we appreciate all they have done for us," said Sandra. "They have just been fabulous."

Offsetting the cost of the operation are donations from WestJet, which provides free passage for the team, while their vehicles are provided by Budget Rent a Car.

While she has high praise for the society's help, Sandra is disappointed with Delta police efforts to search for her daughter.

The police mounted a search of the bog three days after Brittany went missing, she said.

"They had a helicopter and search and rescue from Coquitlam and they spent about four hours there. It wasn't enough," she said.

"Not long after her disappearance we were told there had been a sighting in Westview Park. The Delta watershed is right there and we asked the police if they could search it and we were told it would like looking for a needle in a haystack -- that it was a well-travelled area and that if she was there someone would find her," she said.

"When I got in touch with missing children they said they'd be out to search it as soon as they could."

However, early winter storms and snow prevented the dog teams from searching until Dec. 13 when they were joined by members of Victoria Search and Rescue.

The dog teams operated during the short daylight hours but Victoria Search and Rescue are trained to operate at night under special lights and for two days the area was scoured without result.

Now the focus is back on the bog.

Sandra doesn't believe she's there. "It's just a gut feeling I have."

If she did commit suicide she believes Brittany would have likely jumped from the Alex Fraser Bridge -- a notion she advanced to police early on but one that was rejected at the time.

"They said if she'd gone onto the bridge their switchboard would have lit up with calls. But last week when Mike talked to them they were telling us she might have jumped from the bridge, which is why her body hasn't been found."

Retired RCMP officer Greg McMartin is leading the Calgary team's investigation.

"We want to determine if Brittany is in Burns Bog. If she isn't then we can concentrate the investigation in other areas," said McMartin.

He said the team will be going over some places already searched by the police but will also be looking at ground the police teams couldn't reach because of the weather and ground conditions.

While the family was disappointed Delta police didn't offer to join today's search, McMartin said his team doesn't need outside help.

Delta Police Sgt. Scott Lebus said police were told their presence would hinder the search because the dog teams need to be alone when searching.

"We've been told that we will be immediately contacted if they find anything," said Lebus.

Asked about the family's feelings that not enough has been done by the police, Lebus said he sympathized with them.

"If it was my kid, I guess I'd feel the same. I'd want everyone on it too."

On Friday, as a distraction, Sandra took Brittany's younger sister, Stacy, 15, shopping at Bellis Fair outside Bellingham.

"She's trying her best to cope. She has struggled this year in school but she's strong and teenagers are resilient. This weekend is another milestone we have to get past. But it is difficult. You have to go minute-by-minute, hour- by-hour, day-by-day.

"People are always asking us how we are doing. I mean how would we be doing? We are just living."

gbellett@png.canwest.com

© The Vancouver Sun 2007

Name:

Brittany STALMAN

Brittany Stalman

Date of Birth:

October 8, 1989

Description:

5'6"", 110 lbs, slim build, long brown hair, brown eyes.

Reported Missing: 

November 13, 2006

Delta File:

06-26668

17 year old Brittany was last seen at her family residence in North Delta. She left the home around 1:00 pm with only the clothes on her back leaving her purse and wallet behind.  

Shirley CLETHEROE

Updated June 9, 2009

From Fort St John

File # 2006-7645 2009-06-09 07:47 PDT

Tuesday June 9, 2009 marks three years since a local Fort St. John woman and mother of five was reported missing. At the time of her disappearance, Shirley Lee CLETHEROE was 45 year old.

The Fort St. John RCMP launched into an investigation upon be alerted of Shirley's disappearance on June 17, 2006. Police were told that Shirley had not shown up for work and had not been seen or spoken to by friends or family which was out of character for Shirley. Police worked to establish a time line and determined that June 9, 2006 was the last time Shirley was last seen by friends and family.

The Fort St. John RCMP are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Shirley CLETHEROE and follow up on information and leads received from members of the public. At this time the RCMP have not ruled out that foul play may have been a factor in Shirley's disappearance, however at this time the file remains as a missing person case.

The family of Shirley CLETHEROE have had a very difficult and trying three years. They wish to express that they love and miss Shirley very much and that there isn't a moment that goes by that they don't think about and miss her. A family spokesperson stated the following:

“Most of all we would like to find Shirley and bring her home. Words cannot express the loss we feel as a family. If you have any information about what happened to Shirley or know where she might be, we urge you to come forward.”

The Fort St. John RCMP have exhausted numerous means of investigation and would like to strongly urge anyone with any information in relation to the disappearance of Shirley CLETHEROE to come forward.

At the time of her disappearance Shirley CLETHEROE was 45 years old and described as an aboriginal woman with long dark hair, 5 feet 3 inches tall weighing 120 pounds, had a small scar on the left side of her mouth and usually wore glasses

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A Friend wrote

Shirley was one to stand up for herself and wouldn’t back down from anyone wanting to harm her as my brother told me.  The last time I had a chance to see her was last year at my mom’s funeral, July 18, 2005.  I know her husband and children and grandchildren miss her very much.

I am not sure she has passed on but I went to search for her nevertheless.  I was glad that I didn’t find anything and I am hoping that she will come home soon.

Beverly Walker – A friend.

SHIRLEY CLETHEROE

Date of Birth: February 28, 1961

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown

Height: 160cm

Weight: 55kg.

Distinguishing Marks: SCAR CHEEK SCAR ON LEFT SIDE OF MOUTH.

SHIRLEY LEE CLETHEROE WAS LAST SEEN ON JUNE 9, 2006 IN THE FORT ST. JOHN AREA AND HAS HAD NO CONTACT WITH HER FRIENDS OR FAMILY SINCE THAT DATE.

IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING SHIRLEY CLETHEROE, OR KNOW OF HIS/HER WHEREABOUTS,

PLEASE CONTACT:

FORT ST JOHN DETACHMENT

10648 100 ST. FORT ST JOHN

Phone (250) 787-8140

Fax (250) 787-8133

Casimel (Casi) Jack

Age 70 Born November 30, 1934

5ft. 10inch - 160lbs.

Native - Cheslatta Band Carrier Nation

Casimel went missing Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 8am.

Last seen on Linton Road just west of Molliice Lake approximately 5 miles south of Southbank, the Francois Lake Ferry landing.

It is unknown which direction he may have gone.

Wearing a red ball cap, green jacket, blue jeans, leather lace-up boots, leather gloves. Wears glasses with gold frame. Apparently had a .270 rifle and was hunting.

Anyone with information, please call Burns lake RCMP 250-692-7171

or your local RCMP Detachment. 

Cecilia Anne Nikal

Lucy Glaim reports this about her cousin

I would like to add a name to your list of missing girls.  My cousin Ceciia Anne Nikal.  Cecilia went missing back in 1989 before my sister went missing.  She was last seen in Smithers.  She doesn't have much family to follow up with the police to even check to see if she is still alive or not.

Randy Peal

Prince George BC

On February 17, 2011 our family had a candle light ceremony.  The Northern lights & Peal family light the way home for Randy Peal who went missing and is still missing as of Saturday, February 4, 2006.

 
Randy Peal

Family Message February, 4, 2008

Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary that our Brother/Uncle/Ye'e went missing.

February 4, 2008.  To this day we still haven't heard anything on his where abouts,

from anyone nor the PG RCMP.  It was a sad day for our family, but were strong

and to this day, still praying that one day, he will come home.  We all wish that

there was so much more that we could be doing in trying to find him.

Randy Peal

Born: June 14, 1950

Age: 56

Approximately 5 ft. 8 inch., 165 lbs.

Visually impaired, but does not use a cane.

Is a member of the Nisga'a Nation, who resided

in Prince George for approximately 10 years, and is

originally from New Aiyansh, B.C. (Nass Valley)

He was last seen on Saturday, February 4, 2006,

near his residence on Strathcona Avenue in Prince George, B.C.

He is deeply missed by family and friends throughout the province!

We are pleading that if anyone has information

on his wareabouts, PLEASE contact the:

Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300

File #2006-4777

OR call (250)633-2324

or (250)615-8200

Our prayers go out to the families that have either

lost a loved one, or are still searching for a loved one.

Take care, and god bless

Jessica Edith Louise Foster
FACEBOOK LINK
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5’6” – 5’7”
Weight: 110 – 120 lbs
Age:  Disappeared: 21   Current:  22
$5,000.00 Reward for Information

Jessie has perfectly straight, white teeth. They are very noticeable with her big, beautiful smile.

Jessie has no known tattoos or scars, but has a pierced right eyebrow, and she sometimes wears a dainty nose ring. She also has several piercings in her ears.

Jessie has long blond hair. She wears it long and straight, long and curly, and she wears her hair up.

Jessie's last confirmed location was at 1009 Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas with her boyfriend Peter Todd, on a telephone call to her sister.

Jessie has always kept in close contact with her friends and family and hasn’t been heard from since March 28th, 2006. Jessie's bank card, credit cards and cell phone have not been used.

Jessie loves music and is a friend of, international hip hop star, Moka Only.

For Further details please go to the following websites

 

If you have any information please contact the nearest Police Dept.

Lisa Marie Young

Lisa Marie Young
Missing since June 30, 2002

From Nanaimo BC

Age

21

Height

5'4"

Weight

115 lbs.

Description

Long, dark hair with brown eyes.
She was wearing a black skirt, black top, high black boots and a silver hooped necklace. She has a tattoo of a band of flowers with a heart in the middle on her right arm

Area Last Seen

Last seen in the Jingle Pot Area on June 30, 2002

Site Dedicated to Lisa
http://www.mediamage.com/lisa/

Danielle Larue

Danielle Larue, 25, has been missing since December 2002. She is described as a native Indian with a light complexion, 170 centimeters (five feet, seven inches) tall and weighing 57 kilograms (125 pounds)

Danielle LaRue never had chance to succeed

A childhood full of pain and abuse led her to drug addiction, working the streets and an unsolved death -- a fate that's been all too common among first nations children in the city

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, March 01, 2008

VANCOUVER - Danielle LaRue's life was a disaster from the beginning to its haunting end. Like too many first nations children, she never had a chance to succeed. Home was never safe for her. As a child, no one, no parent, social worker, police officer, lawyer or law ever protected her.

"She was physically and sexually abused. She was abused in every way a child could be," says her sister Kim.

By the time Danielle reached her teens, only heroin eased the pain and selling sex on the street was the only way to pay for it.

On May 12, 2003, Vancouver police issued an alert that the 25-year-old had been missing from the Downtown Eastside since the previous December. Not a single newspaper in Metro Vancouver reported it.

It wasn't until a year ago that Global TV's John Daly revealed that police had received an unsigned note, presumably from Danielle's killer, in early December 2002. When nothing was reported in the newspaper, the killer sent a second chilling note to police.

"This is about Vancouver prostitute who disappear at the end of November 2002. Don't remember name she gave me, had no ID. Sounded like she had just recently come to Vancouver. Caucasian, long black, curly hair, jeans, black leather jacket, tattoos and jewelry. She is dead . . . .

"I send this info so you can notify her family. If you can, please make mention of her name in Vancouver Sun. I would like to know who she was . . . .

"To her family. I am sorry more than you can imagine. I did not intend this but am still responsible. She will not be unmourned. Have brought flowers to her grave once already, plan to do so every years as am able. Not ideal, but better than no visits at all. I know you can't forgive me but please believe I tried my very hardest to bring her back."

The police file remains open. Danielle's body has never been found and nor has her killer.

"I can't say that anything could have saved her," Kim says. "When you're abused to the extent that she was as a child, I don't think anything can help. That's why I think anybody who hurts or molests a child should be killed because that child never gets over it. Some kids live as normally as they can be. But they never get over it."

Despite her own short, brutal life, Danielle did what she could to keep her brother and sister safe.

Kim says almost everyone she's ever known has either been murdered or died of a drug overdose. She reels off the names of girlfriends who died at 13, 14 and 15.

Had it not been for Danielle, Kim says she too might be on the list of women missing or murdered from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside -- a list that has kept growing even after serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton was put in jail in 2002.

For Kim, being alive at 28 is a near miracle. It's also Danielle's legacy.

HOLY SMOKE

Danielle's nickname was Holy Smoke. She was fearless; a spitfire who was desperately protective of her younger sister and brother, who were badly in need of someone to look after them. But then, so was Danielle.

Their ancestors were hereditary chiefs of the Neskonlith, which is part of the Shuswap First Nation. Being born into a hereditary chief's family is like being born into royalty. It means both respect and the responsibility of looking after others.

Danielle LaRue never had chance to succeed

A childhood full of pain and abuse led her to drug addiction, working the streets and an unsolved death -- a fate that's been all too common among first nations children in the city

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, March 01, 2008

Even after the Canadian government did away with the hereditary system, the LaRues led their people. Danielle's great-great-grandfather was the first to be elected, followed by his son. Danielle's grandfather was elected and so was her own father, Norman. But like so many other things in Norman's life, nothing was simple. His election was overturned by the federal Indian Affairs Department because of voting irregularities.

Norman was born on a reserve outside of Chase. His father was a Second World War veteran; his mother was murdered when he was still an infant. Norman lived with his grandparents before being packed off to the Indian residential school in Kamloops.

Like too many children, he was abused and eventually was among the first to sign on to the class-action lawsuit against the government for the systemic abuse perpetrated in residential schools.

But it wasn't only at school that Norman was abused. When he was only 12, Norman and his father spent the entire summer bingeing on alcohol. Norman often blacked out, but before that he beat anyone who got in his way.

And so his life life ebbed and flowed. Sober, Norman was acknowledged by everyone to be articulate, charming, brilliant even. Drunk, he was violent and dangerous. His rap sheet grew at about the same pace as his list of accomplishments.

He started a free medical clinic in the 1960s for skid-row residents in Kamloops, spearheaded the native civil rights movement in B.C. with the formation of the Native Alliance for Red Power in 1969. He was a boxing coach. For a while, he worked as a CBC reporter. By the end of his life, he was starting to gain recognition as an artist.

Danielle, Kim and Norman Jr. were separated in age by only four years. When they were little, their dad studied business administration in Spokane, Wash. But in the 1980s, they moved back to Kamloops and Norman resumed drinking, and drinking a lot.

Drunk, he was wildly abusive to his wife -- a Caucasian and an alcoholic -- and to their children. Eventually, his wife left him, sobered up and became an addictions counsellor. By then it was too late for their children.

Danielle was the first to go into foster care. Kim and her younger brother went to live with their paternal grandparents. But eventually they ended up in foster homes as well. Kim remembers a particularly abusive one in northern B.C. when she was eight and Norman Jr. was seven.

To protect them, Danielle kidnapped her siblings. Even at 10, she was fierce. She held the foster parents at bay and, for a while, even the police. Finally, several officers subdued her, and only when forced did she relinquish her hold on her siblings.

A few years later, in February 1989, their father was charged with second-degree murder. Larry Meristy had been found dead only a few metres from the doorway to Norman's one-room shack in Kamloops. Meristy's skull had been fractured five times by repeated blows from a baseball bat. Both Norman and Meristy had been drinking for two days. Both had blood-alcohol readings three times the legal driving limit.

A childhood full of pain and abuse led her to drug addiction, working the streets and an unsolved death -- a fate that's been all too common among first nations children in the city

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, March 01, 2008

Norman Sr. was convicted in September that year, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. In the fall of 1991 and only two days into a second jury trial, a Kamloops newspaper ran a story outlining one version of what had happened the night Meristy was murdered. The judge declared a mistrial.

Finally, in 1992, only a few weeks before the third trial was set to begin, the Crown stayed the charges. Two witnesses and one of the RCMP investigators had died. Another witness was no longer in Canada. Norman LaRue walked free, but not exonerated.

By then, Danielle had already run from foster care to the streets. She was barely a teenager. She began made a living the only way she could. She sold herself for sex.

"She never had a pimp. She was way too tough for that," says Kim. "She only had one serious boyfriend, when she was 16. After that she kept them [boyfriends] like pets. She'd take care of them for a while and when she got bored she'd get another one. I don't think she ever loved anybody like that one even though he beat her, took her money and left her dope-sick. With him, she'd put up with anything."

Perhaps it was because for a short time while she was with him, Danielle had something approaching a normal life. When 13-year-old Kim also ran away from foster care, Danielle took her into their nicely furnished house in Prince George.

But soon after Kim arrived, Danielle discovered that heroin eased her pain. Bit by bit, the furniture disappeared from the house; it was sold to pay for drugs. The home became a shooting gallery.

Even then, Danielle tried to keep her younger sister out of it.

She'd protect me, kick ass and fight anyone who tried to do anything to hurt me," says Kim. Still, it wasn't long before Kim followed her sister into the streets and on to heroin.

"As soon as you take heroin, you don't feel that shit any more," she says. "It makes everything okay. It makes everything good. That's something that's hard to walk away from. And Danielle wouldn't deal with it. She didn't want therapy. She didn't want rehab. She always said, 'I have time to straighten my life out later.'

"Whatever Danielle chose to do, she was good at. And she was the best heroin addict. Even when nobody else could find heroin in the 1990s, she'd find it."

Soon after their mother died of cancer, 19-year-old Danielle's search for heroin landed her in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Kim knew she would never come back.

"Everybody knew that once you went to the Downtown Eastside you were done. You were either going to be dead or in jail. Those were the only exits you had. .... It's like a big black pit with stabbings, murders and ODs. It's crazy down there. Nobody cares about anybody but themselves and their next

A childhood full of pain and abuse led her to drug addiction, working the streets and an unsolved death -- a fate that's been all too common among first nations children in the city

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, March 01, 2008

But while Danielle's life was going downhill fast, her father was having a renaissance. The Kamloops Art Gallery had bought some of his work and was planning a major show. A local company with business in Japan had commissioned him to carve six totem poles. They paid him a $5,000 advance.

Norman celebrated with heroin. On Feb. 24, 2000, he died of an overdose at the age of 59. He was widely mourned. In a letter to the Kamloops Daily News, Karl Ireland wrote: "At the end of his life he had become deeply committed to learning how to become a gentle man. He was struggling with that issue when he died. He deeply regretted past violent acts. He and his many loved ones can be proud without reservation."

Danielle was 21. Kim was 19. Both were addicts, selling sex and doing minor crimes to support their habits. Their brother wasn't faring any better

Once, Kim remembers all three of them appearing in court on the same day. Danielle was released, but both Kim and their brother went to jail.

Norman Jr. is a violent alcoholic, who was declared a long-term offender when he was only 21.

In December 2000, when a 23-year-old woman coming out of an alcoholic blackout refused to have sex with him, Norman slashed her throat with enough force to break the knife in two. The woman recovered. Norman was convicted of aggravated sexual assault.

According to court documents, he was neglected and sexually abused by female relatives as a very young child. By 15, he was so dangerous and unmanageable that child-care authorities created a special program for him. He did well until another youth was placed in the home.

But by 19, Norman had more than 18 convictions ranging from break and enter to assault and resisting arrest. The last time his name appeared in a Vancouver paper was last September. A week after walking away from a Vancouver halfway house, Norman turned himself in.

In 2002, Kim was arrested after Kamloops police received a complaint about a woman "watering a neighbour's roof." She and five others were charged with a variety of offences including possession of stolen property and improper storage of firearms.

Her last arrest was for armed robbery. Kim went to court so high that she now can't recall whether she pleaded guilty to armed robbery or to a lesser charge. But she went to jail and only got out two years ago.

INSTITUTIONS WERE HOME

Danielle's reputation as a fearsome fighter kept Kim safe in jail. Nobody messed with Danielle's little sister.

"For me and Danielle, institutions are like home. We don't want to be there. But you get three regular meals. You have a place to sleep. You see your friends, play some games and get your health back up before you go back to drugs and the street. Because when you get out, it's usually on the bus and straight back downtown."

Danielle took the ride back downtown one time too many. As Sun reporter Lori Culbert reported earlier this week, women have few places to go, whether they're getting out of jail or rehab or trying to find a place to detox. Even rat-infested, fleabag, single-room occupancy hotels on the Downtown Eastside often refuse them shelter. The managers either assume they are prostitutes and will turn tricks in the room, or they fear for the women's safety living among male addicts.

A childhood full of pain and abuse led her to drug addiction, working the streets and an unsolved death -- a fate that's been all too common among first nations children in the city

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun

Published: Saturday, March 01, 2008

Kim can't believe that Danielle died without a fight. But she's haunted by not knowing what happened and the fact that Danielle's body has never been found. Despite the two letters about her death, the case remains unsolved.

Like Danielle, Kim says she would likely have gone straight back to drugs and prostitution when she walked out of jail. But her boyfriend had bought bus tickets out of town and out of British Columbia. In the bus-depot parking lot, they smoked one last pipe of crack cocaine, threw their pipes away and got on.

Now 28, Kim is in a methadone program and has "a crazy good job" -- her first steady job ever.

She has caught up academically. She's articulate, funny and seemingly confident. But that's not how she feels.

From the age you start taking drugs, you stop growing. Socially, I'm like a 13-year-old," she says.

Kim scarcely dares to hope for anything. That's how mean her life has been. But she hopes Danielle's body will be found so the family can put up a marker for her. Kim has little hope that Danielle's murderer will be found. Too many women are missing and dead and no one has been charged.

When pushed, Kim says she hopes to stay strong and clean for her four children, who are doing well in good, safe foster homes.

Only with prodding does Kim dare voice to a dream for herself.

"I want to go to university and study law. I've wanted that ever since I was a kid."

Neal Hall
Vancouver Sun

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

VANCOUVER - More than four years ago, a mysterious tipster contacted police, revealing that a woman had disappeared from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The tipster didn't name the missing woman but said she went missing the previous month.

Police checked and found Danielle Larue, 25, went missing in December 2002. She was a native woman from B.C.'s Interior.

At the time, January 2003, police suspected foul play and appealed for those who might have information about the case to come forward, including the tipster who contacted police and provided cryptic information in a typed letter.

But the case remains unsolved, despite dozens of interviews conducted by police.

This week, Global News reporter John Daly revisited the case and publicly revealed for the first time the letter mailed by the apparent killer to police on New Year's Eve, 2002.

"I send this letter so you can notify her family. If you can, please make mention of her name in The Vancouver Sun. I would like to know who she was," says the letter, which was provided to The Sun by Global BC.

"To her family," the letter continued, "I am more sorry for this than you can imagine. I did not intend this but [I] am still responsible. Wish I could take it back but can't. She will not be unmourned . . . . I know you can't forgive me but please believe I tried my very hardest to bring her back."

The letter was unsigned and contained no contact information.

The case is part of a week-long Global BC series focusing on unsolved murder files of the Vancouver police homicide squad.

The television report said Larue was a drug addict involved in the sex trade. She reportedly ran away from home at 14, worked the streets of Prince George and, after her mother died of cancer in 1995, drifted to Vancouver.

Larue had several distinctive tattoos, including a black heart and cross on her forearm and a heart on her chest.

The letter was received by Vancouver police after the arrest of Robert (Willie) Pickton on Feb. 22, 2002.

Pickton, now 57, was initially charged with two counts of first-degree murder. More charges were added.

© The Vancouver Sun 2007

What’s missing here is justice

Daphne Bramham
Vancouver Sun

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Someone's young daughter goes missing and it's front-page news. Someone's 20-something daughter goes missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and it doesn't rate even a small item in a single mainstream or daily newspaper in the Lower Mainland.

t doesn't rate even though more than 60 women have disappeared from there over the past two decades. It doesn't rate even though Robert (Willy) Pickton will be back in court on June 30 when the preliminary hearing resumes into the charges that he murdered 16 of those woman.

Why doesn't anybody seem to care that 25-year-old Danielle Larue has been missing since December?

And why is it that police waited more than four months after first hearing that she'd disappeared before asking the public for help finding her?

Since January, Larue's friends and family have waited for news. Yet, it was only on May 12 that Constable Sarah Bloor told reporters at the daily police briefing that Larue was missing and that it would be "of considerable value to the investigators and of great comfort to Danielle's family" if the person who reported her missing would contact them again.

Bloor said police were issuing an alert. An alert? That would suggest an urgency that belies the four months that have passed. It would be laughable if the situation were not so grim.

Just as it is absurd that suddenly in May investigators are "concerned" and were just announcing that they are "investigating it [the disappearance] as a suspicious circumstance."

Larue was described as a native Indian female with a light complexion, 170 centimetres [five feet, seven inches] tall, 57 kilograms [125 pounds], long black hair, brown eyes and several tattoos, including a "black heart and cross" on her right forearm and a "heart" on her chest.

Now that police have decided this is urgent, a special phone line has been set up to call if you have information about her. The number is 604-717-3420.

How is it that police didn't treat this more seriously when every day there are 103 forensic anthropologists and 36 police officers still combing through the piles of dirt and dung at Pickton's pig farm in Port Coquitlam nearly a year after the work there began? But then, how is it that it took the deaths of more than 60 women before the police began to believe that there was a big problem and that there may be a serial killer loose?

Perhaps Danielle Larue is still alive. We can only pray that she is.

Larue, after all, is only 25 years old. She should have a whole lifetime ahead of her. But the scant description of Larue's life sounds all too similar to those descriptions of the other women who disappeared and never returned. It's likely Larue was on drugs, the police say. It's likely she was involved in the sex trade. But are those reasons to ignore her disappearance, exacerbating her family's pain?

In February, members of Parliament unanimously agreed that the justice committee should look at reforming prostitution laws. There's general agreement that the laws must be changed because they currently make prostitution even riskier than it might otherwise be. Among the considerations will likely be to legalize brothels, which are currently outlawed as "common bawdy houses."

Among those pushing for that change is Jamie Lee Hamilton, who was arrested nearly three years ago for running a common bawdy house. Hamilton has been fighting a legal battle to win the right to operate a safe house for streetworkers. Her case was supposed to be heard this spring, but last month the charges were quietly stayed.

Hamilton believes women wouldn't be disappearing off downtown streets if they weren't forced to stand on street corners and turn tricks in cars. She draws a parallel between safe injection sites for habitual drug users, arguing that if drug users are soon to have a safe place, so should women and men who work the streets.

But others, like Suzanne Jay of the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, oppose any fiddling with the prostitution laws that doesn't start with the premise that prostitution is something desperate women turn to, not a job they choose.

Since the MPs all agreed that something needs to be done, nothing much has happened.

They haven't decided what the terms of reference should be. They haven't decided whether the justice committee should hold public hearings across the country. And despite their overwhelming concern and their speeches about the tragedy of what is happening in downtown Vancouver, the MPs have done nothing that would make the streets safer for women like Danielle Larue.

And while it might seem easy in our comfortable homes to dismiss all this as not directly touching our lives, it does.

But it's not just about fear that we could be next.

This is about what kind of community we want to live in. No one can possibly say they want to live in a city where predators appear to be snatching women off the street.

Nobody can possibly want to live in a city where a woman goes missing, but it takes four months before police put out an urgent call for public help.

Nobody should want to live here if we can't figure out how to fix our community so that this can't happen. And all of us must do what we can to make sure that no more women go missing like Danielle Larue

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dbramham@png.canwest.com 

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Police are trying to track down the mysterious tipster who told them about the disappearance of a Downtown Eastside woman in January.

Danielle Larue, a 25-year-old prostitute, has been missing since the beginning of December. The tipster alerted the Vancouver Police Department a month later, but didn't name the woman or leave contact information. Investigators later discovered Larue's identity and suspect foul play may be involved. Police spokeswoman Sarah Bloor won't reveal further details about the tip since it's an ongoing investigation.

"We're hopeful someone can come forward with information about Danielle. She hasn't had any contact with family or friends since December and that's why we suspect foul play," Bloor said.

Officers aren't ruling out the possibility that Larue, a native woman from the Interior, has simply moved. Family members did not call police to report Larue missing.

The known drug addict was involved in the sex trade before she went missing, working in the Downtown Eastside since at least November.

Contact between Larue and family members has been "off and on" according to Bloor, and it's been some time since they've been in touch, which is not typical behaviour.

"We were hoping we would have additional contact by the person that originally alerted us but that hasn't happened-that's why we're coming forward," Bloor said. "Perhaps someone has seen Danielle or Danielle herself will call us if she's not in harm's way."

Larue is five-feet-seven-inches tall, weighs 125 pounds, has a light complexion, long black hair, brown eyes and several tattoos, including a black heart and cross on her forearm and a heart on her chest. A dedicated phone line for the case has been set up at 604-717-3420. Information left on it will remain confidential.

Sixty-three women, many of them prostitutes, have disappeared from the Downtown Eastside in recent years. Last year, Coquitlam pig farmer Robert Willie Pickton was charged with 15 counts of murder in connection with the disappearances.

Police, meanwhile, have found Imre Domokos, a 79-year-old who was reported missing earlier this month.

Although no statistics are available for the number of missing person reports filed with the department this year, Bloor said they're likely to be similar to figures from 2002. Between January and April of that year, 1,424 people were reported missing-typically, it's about 400 per month. At least 40 per cent of missing persons return home within 48 hours of a report being filed. Usually by month's end, only two to three files remain open.

"In the summer months, it tends to rise about 500 to 600 missing persons reports that are filed [a month]. We believe that's because of the warmer weather and people may stay out later or not phone their families," Bloor said.

She added that people of all ages and backgrounds go missing.

Courtesy of

The Vancouver Courier

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