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Title: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on March 14, 2012, 07:46:58 PM
http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/03/14/19503956.html



Vanessa Fotheringham, 24 years old, went missing Feb. 16 and hasn’t been heard from since.

   SCOTT TAYLOR, The London Free Press
Monday, March 19, 2012 4:45:30 EDT PM
     
   
As the end of a full month of desperation, fear and the unknown nears, a close friend of Vanessa Fotheringham describes her disappearance as gut wrenching.

Fotheringham went missing Feb. 16 and hasn't been heard from since.

Tuesday, police used an RCMP helicopter to search London's east end and alerted residents to scour their properties for discarded clothes or anything that looks out of place.

They've now labelled the 24-year-old London woman's disappearance suspicious.

Through it all, Julianne Atchison hasn't given up hope of seeing her friend alive again. She's organizing a search Sunday afternoon of the area around Quebec and Oxford streets, where it's believed Fotheringham was last seen.

"I thought at first that maybe she just took off for a weekend or maybe a week to get away for a small vacation," Atchison said Wednesday. "Then after a couple of weeks, I knew something must be very wrong. I have dreams of her. I hope we find her."

She said not knowing what happened to Fotheringham or where she is, now eats away at her all the time.

"It's always with me. I'm trying to deal with it, trying to do my daily tasks, but it's so tough."

She hadn't spoken to Fotheringham's immediate family, but an aunt told her they're doing as well as they can under the trying circumstances.

An uncle contacted by The Free Press said the family is asking for privacy for now.

A woman who knew Fotheringham as a teen said she was a "sweet girl with a little crooked smile and big, brown eyes.

"She used to come over with friends or I would see her over here and there. She went to John Paul ll (Catholic secondary school). I always really liked her. I just hope and pray they find her safe."
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on March 14, 2012, 07:55:04 PM
Friend organizing search for missing mother; police calling disappearance suspicious
By Paul Everest/London Community News

One of Vanessa Fotheringham’s friends said it’s not like the 24-year-old London resident to disappear like this and she’s worried what her absence will mean for Vanessa’s young daughter.

“I’m really worried for her safety and I don’t want her daughter to grow up without a mom,” said Julie Atchison, 24. “I really, really hope that we can find her and that’s she’s OK because there’s nothing like having a young child grow up without knowing.

“We all want her to come home safe.”

Vanessa went missing on Feb. 16 when she was last seen in the area of Oxford Street East and Quebec Street.

Atchison said Vanessa’s daughter, <snipped> is staying with her parents.

“I saw tonnes and tonnes of awesome pictures. She’s a cute, energetic little girl. Every other sentence that came out of Vanessa’s mouth, the whole time I knew her, was about her little girl and how much she meant to her.”

When contacted by London Community News, Vanessa’s father, Gord, said <snipped> is doing “good at the moment,” adding his family has not heard anything new from police.

Atchison said she is organizing a foot search for Vanessa on Sunday (March 18) at 1 p.m. that will start at the Sams Food parking lot at the corner of Oxford and Quebec streets.

So far, 12 people have volunteered to help, she said, and more are welcome to go door-to-door with a picture of Vanessa to raise awareness of her disappearance and hopefully turn up some clues regarding her whereabouts.

“We want to make sure we get the best coverage to find her as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Police carried out an aerial search for her on Tuesday (March 13) that focused on London’s east end and the city’s eastern outskirts using an RCMP helicopter, but nothing turned up, investigators said.

Police are also asking East London residents to check their properties for anything out of place such as discarded clothing.

Det. Const. Dan Arbas said he was not aware of any police members searching on the ground on Wednesday (March 14) but investigators are “steadfastly trying to get some answers” and police have canvassed door-to-door in the past few weeks.

“We are obviously concerned for her well-being.”

He added investigators have based past searches on information from people who last spoke to Vanessa before she went missing.

Arbas also said police still consider the matter a missing person’s case but her disappearance is being treated as suspicious.

Vanessa may have been the occupant of a grey, 2002 Saturn Vue, with black steel rims with no hubcaps.

The vehicle may have been driven on Dundas Street East, in the area of Wharncliffe Road North and Oxford Street West, and elsewhere in the city or outskirts on the evening of Feb. 16 or early morning hours of Feb. 17.

Police are still looking for that vehicle.

Atchison, who lives in Forest, said she received a text message from Vanessa the night she disappeared asking if Atchison or her friend were interested in buying one of Vanessa’s old cellphones that she no longer used.

She texted back to say she wouldn’t be able to buy it until she was paid on the upcoming Friday, but never received a response.

Now Atchison said she calls the cellphone Vanessa was using at the time of her disappearance daily in the hopes her friend will respond.

“Vanessa is a great person, a very helpful, loving, caring person. It’s not like her to just get up and leave or disappear, especially not without telling somebody,” she said. “She always told somebody where she was going to be.

“For this to happen is very, very abnormal.”

Vanessa is described as white, 5-foot-3, 110-pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

*edited to remove child's name

Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on March 14, 2012, 07:58:32 PM
Vanessa Fotheringham, 24 years old, Missing from London Ontario.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: eyeswideopen on March 15, 2012, 07:00:07 AM
Seeing this posting sunshine is the first I have heard of Vanessa being missing .  Has there been any updates of any kiind.   Does any one know where she was going last time she was seen or heard from?  And bits may help.  Have yous tryed getting the media more involved.  Perhaps putting a piece in the page and asking for more volunteers to help with a search, as well as posters up will help. 
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on March 15, 2012, 02:05:54 PM
The helicopters were out in London two days ago and they asked residents of the east end and outskirts to scour their yards for anything out of the ordinary.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: eyeswideopen on March 15, 2012, 03:37:44 PM
sunshine , do you know this girl?  I am wonder last seeen in the area of oxford st , sounds like she was walking down the st or something??? may have in regards to the car?  Everything is so sketchy.  Does any one know when the last verifiable time she was actually seen?? or any concrete details to work from? Or even what type of girl was she , quiet, or out going etc, did she work or no?  any info would be helpful.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on March 15, 2012, 05:30:28 PM
Eyeswideopen, I do not know Vanessa personally. I have read the articles in the free press to which I have posted the links. She has a little girl (who is staying with her parents right now) and it is not like her to not keep in contact with family and friends. She has not been heard from since Feb 16. These days most teenagers and young adults have cell phones and they are usually constantly using them so I can see how the family and friends must be just sick with worry. I hope Vanessa turns up safely. I put her information on this site in order to help spread the word that she is missing. I only first heard of her missing the other day, through the London Free Press article. There has not been very much coverage regarding Vanessa.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on March 16, 2012, 06:59:25 PM
I'm sorry I can't seem to embed the picture of the vehicle that Vanessa is believed to have entered (it has been described as a grey 2002 Saturn Vue). You can see pics of it at http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/03/05/19460461.html and in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyhoji2wyq8

Mods, if you can post a pic of the vehicle, perhaps it could jog someone's memory who reads here........
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on March 16, 2012, 07:03:40 PM
There is apparently an informal search (I saw it on the youtube video; the search is organized by one of Vanessa's friends) scheduled for London this Sunday at Oxford and Quebec outside Sam's Food at 1 pm. I hope the searchers will have police support, since the suggestion is that folks will be going door-to-door in the area, which may not be fully safe -- even if there is a good group turnout.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: debbiec on March 27, 2012, 03:25:16 PM
Friend seeks missing woman
MISSING LONDONER

By SCOTT TAYLOR, THE LONDON FREE PRESS

Last Updated: March 19, 2012 7:47am

Julianne Atchison led a group of four Sunday up and down the streets on the city's east side, where Fotheringham was last seen, handing out posters door to door in hopes someone would recognize the photo of the missing woman.

Police say Fotheringham, a mother of a four-year-old daughter, was last seen near Oxford and Quebec streets Feb. 16.

"Once I saw that she was missing and that there wasn't a lot of effort put out right away about her disappearance and trying to find her, I decided to take control and get the word out there. I want to find her as much as anyone else," Atchison said.

That awareness, she added, will help police find her friend.

"Not everybody reads the paper or has time to watch the news, so let's get it out there, let's get people watching for her and hopefully if somebody knows something they'll come forward."

She described Fotheringham as a fun, outgoing person, who would do anything she could for anyone.

Police have linked her disappearance with a silver Saturn Vue SUV with black rims, though they haven't identified the driver as a suspect.

I do worry, I'm a worry wart, but I'm still hopeful she'll turn up," Atchison said.

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/03/19/19520496.html (http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/03/19/19520496.html)
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: debbiec on March 27, 2012, 03:32:12 PM
Police have linked her disappearance with a silver Saturn Vue SUV with black rims, though they haven't identified the driver as a suspect. Similar vehicle pictured below.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Concerned on April 10, 2012, 04:54:09 PM
The London Police Service Listing

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Missing Person - Vanessa Fotheringham
Monday February 27, 2012

The London Police are requesting the public's assistance in locating 24-year-old Vanessa Fotheringham. Vanessa Fotheringham was last seen on Thursday, February 16, 2012, in the City of London.

Vanessa Fotheringham (1987-7-15) is described as:

 Female white
 5'3" (160 cm)
 110 lbs (50kg)
 long brown hair
 brown eyes

Police and family are concerned for Fotheringham's welfare.

Anyone with information about Vanessa Fotheringham is asked to contact the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tips can also be provided online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/2012087.htm

Quote
Missing Person - Vanessa Fotheringham - Update2
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The London Police Service is continuing the investigation into the disappearance of Vanessa Fotheringham. Vanessa Fotheringham was last seen in the Oxford St E and Quebec St area of London on the evening of February 16, 2012. The R.C.M.P. is assisting the investigation by providing the services of a helicopter to do an aerial search today, concentrating in the east end of London and outskirts of London to the east. The London Police Service is also requesting residents of East London to check their properties for anything out of place such as discarded clothing.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in on-line anonymously to www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/2012108.htm
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: capeheart on April 10, 2012, 06:24:19 PM
Quite a while to be missing with no contacts. I do hope there is positive news soon on Vaness's whereabouts. :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: unicorndancing on April 25, 2012, 06:35:20 AM
It would make sense to see if her cell phone has been active recently.  That would be a good starting point.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on April 25, 2012, 11:48:50 PM
Why is there such utter silence about Vanessa in the media? She is a mother, daughter, friend to people who must be missing her wildly. Does anyone else remembering reading (in some kind of "reliable" news story) that police had located the vehicle (and driver?) last linked to her disappearance .... the grey Saturn Vue? I was sure I had read somewhere that the vehicle had been located and that its connection to her disappearance was no longer considered.... But I have been searching and searching and can't find ANY such reference. Am I misremembering? I would like to hear more about how/why that vehicle had been under consideration, and how/why released from that consideration, IF indeed I did read of that somewhere.....
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: chickapey on April 26, 2012, 05:09:04 AM
I was wondering the same thing, Soccermom - especially with the recent disappearances of two other young people (both of them were found safe) It should have brought up more discussion in the media about Vanessa.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on April 26, 2012, 08:01:45 PM
Yes, Chickapey....
If Vanessa didn't leave willingly (and I'm not sure if LE thinks it has an answer on that) time is of the utmost importance. This young mother's image should be posted everywhere so that we can bring her home safely.... It's always better to err on the side of caution than regret. WHY aren't we hearing more?
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: capeheart on April 28, 2012, 11:48:35 AM
I have a feeling the police may not be giving certain details in this case. I believe they may have an idea of who owns the car they are looking for. Maybe this is why it is quiet around the information about Vanessa. :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on May 01, 2012, 08:02:38 AM
I hope you're right, Cape. But then again, almost 2 summers ago the police found humain remains in Southwold (which I understand is fairly close to London) and yet I haven't been able to find ANY update on that all this time later. I was sure I had read somewhere that the driver & SUV (vue) had been located in Vanessa's case, and now I can't even find that. Anyway --
I'm hoping that there will be some good news for Vanessa and her family soon. But as more time passes, the less likely that seems.  It just seems like the public could be of more help if more info could be shared! Again, Cape, I'm crossing my fingers that LE is more on top of this than I worry. I don't mean to malign LE; I know there's a lot of good and hard work being done. I'm just not sure how well resourced this area is.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on June 11, 2012, 07:51:48 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW2UdAcFUgI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=yyhoji2wyq8
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: kathybarnes on June 11, 2012, 09:54:35 AM
i don't have access to youtube where i work. do you mind posting a summary of these videos you posted? thanks!
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on June 11, 2012, 07:19:34 PM
MISSING PERSON - Vanessa Fotheringham
London Police continue to investigate the disappearance of 24-year-old Vanessa
Fotheringham. Police are appealing to the public in locating Vanessa who was last seen Thursday, February 16, 2012, in London.

Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on June 11, 2012, 07:23:13 PM
Nearly a month has passed and no one has seen or heard from Vanessa Fotheringham. Friends of the 24 year old Londoner are hoping to rally the community to help and try to find the missing woman. Celine Moreau has the details.

Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on July 10, 2012, 05:22:11 PM
Such deafening silence for this young mother! With so little media attention, so little reminder that Vanessa is still missing, it becomes harder and harder to imagine the public can help to bring her home. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. I  pray that Vanessa will be found safe. Bu why aren't we hearing more, to help? Even if LE has some specific theories that can explain this lack of attention, on the chance they may be mistaken there should be more awareness brought to Vanessa's community and broader.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: art-hu on July 12, 2012, 09:10:07 PM
Just noticing some similarities; Rosalind Dutrizac, 20 yrs. and is also, 5'3", 125 lbs. Also has long brown hair and big brown eyes.  I do hope that these women are found soon.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: ScottatLFPress on August 02, 2012, 09:15:32 AM
Hi everyone. I'm the crime reporter for the Free Press and I'm as frustrated as anyone about the lack of news in this case. I'd love to keep Vanessa's name and photo front and centre, but few others connected to her seem to want that, including her friends and family. When it comes right down to it, and for whatever reason, it's their right.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: debbiec on August 02, 2012, 09:58:32 AM
We'll continue doing what we can to keep Vanessa's name and face in the public eye.
 

I've re-posted the information from the London Police Service site.

Missing Person - Vanessa Fotheringham
Monday February 27, 2012

The London Police are requesting the public's assistance in locating 24-year-old Vanessa Fotheringham. Vanessa Fotheringham was last seen on Thursday, February 16, 2012, in the City of London.
 

Vanessa Fotheringham (1987-7-15) is described as:

 Female white
 5'3" (160 cm)
 110 lbs (50kg)
 long brown hair
 brown eyes

Police and family are concerned for Fotheringham's welfare.

Anyone with information about Vanessa Fotheringham is asked to contact the London Police Service at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tips can also be provided online at www.londoncrimestoppers.com.

http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/Missing_Persons.htm (http://www.police.london.ca/d.aspx?s=/Newsroom/Missing_Persons.htm)

Police have linked her disappearance with a silver Saturn Vue SUV with black rims, though they haven't identified the driver as a suspect. Similar vehicle pictured below.



Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on August 02, 2012, 11:17:08 AM
Thanks for that, DebbieC.

ScottatLFPress: we also haven't heard ANYTHING about the remains found in Southwold last spring. Do you know anything -- gender, approx age, how long those remains may have rested there? Whether or not the cause is suspicious? There's a thread here for that lost person, as well -- but we seem to have no word from LE OR media. It would be good to give the public some info, and hopefully some closure, if grim, to a family who may have been searching some time for a loved one. Sorry. I know this is Vanessa's thread and I don't mean to take space here for the other thread. But what does tie these stories together is the silence about both.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Have faith on August 02, 2012, 11:29:35 AM
Re:  Remains found in Southwold: It is not Vanessa Fotheringham

Body Found Southwest of London Not That of Missing 24-Year-Old
AM980 News

6/19/2012

Middlesex OPP have confirmed remains found along the Thames River near Delaware over the weekend are not those of a missing London woman.

24-year-old Vanessa Fotheringham has not been seen since February, and Police consider her disappearance suspicious.

The discovery of human remains early Saturday afternoon, just southwest of the city, raised concern the body may be hers, but Police say that's not the case.

The remains have yet to be publicly identified, as officials say an autopsy is still being conducted.

More information could be released on Wednesday.

The discovery was reported to Police around 1 p.m. Saturday after remains were noticed by members of the public along the Thames River near Delaware.

Officers with the Middlesex OPP crime unit, along with OPP emergency response team officers, and forensic identification officers responded to the scene, and remained at the scene for several hours.

Few other details have been released.

Police won't comment on how long the body may have been in the water.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Have faith on August 02, 2012, 11:40:13 AM
[quote author=ScottatLFPress)
Hi everyone. I'm the crime reporter for the Free Press and I'm as frustrated as anyone about the lack of news in this case. I'd love to keep Vanessa's name and photo front and centre, but few others connected to her seem to want that, including her friends and family. When it comes right down to it, and for whatever reason, it's their right.
[/quote]

Hi Scott,

Have you checked with Vanessa's friends on the facebook site "Missing Person: Vanessa Fotheringham"?  Julie Atchison, the site creator is still actively posting, and there appears to be a few other friends who have made themselves known.

I should warn you that there are a few guys on this FB page who like to immerse themselves in various London unsolved murder cases, from what I hear. 



HF
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Have faith on August 02, 2012, 11:44:32 AM
Here is bit more detail taken from the facebook page files.


HELP FIND VANESSA
By Sara Bera, Julie Atchison and Kristin Nicole Dick in Missing Person: Vanessa Fotheringham (Files)

The police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old Vanessa Fotheringham, A.K.A. NATASHA

 

Date Of Disappearance : 16 February 2012

Location Of Disappearance : London, Ontario

Age At Disappearance : 24 years

Height (estimate) : 155 - 165 cm (5'1" - 5'4")

Weight (estimate) : 47 - 51 kg (103 - 112 lbs)

Hair Colour : Brown - worn long, straight

Eye Color : Brown

Gender : Female

Race : Caucasian

 

DETAILS:

 

Dental Information : Teeth - both front teeth had been broken and refilled, not capped

Dentals - chart available for comparison

Medical Information : Unknown

Notable Identifiers : Shoulder - tattoo of a hummingbird/sparrow, done in dark ink with no colour on left shoulder

Foot - tattoo of 'Tyra 10-31-05' written in cursive script surrounded by stars or fireworks, on top of right foot

Clothing/Jewelry :Jacket - 'Baby Phat' brand, black in colour with an emblem on the back

Footwear - multicoloured athletic/running shoes

Other Personal Items : Purse - black in colour, Cellular phone - pink Blackberry, Netbook - carrying a 25.4 cm (10") laptop, pink in colour

Additional Information : Vaness was last seen in the area of Oxford Street and Quebec Street in London. Her family and police are concerned about her well-being as it is very unusual for Vanessa to not contact family or friends for any length of time.

 

Police would like to speak with anyone who may information about Vanessa's whereabouts to verify her well-being.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: soccermom on August 06, 2012, 12:23:45 PM
Re:  Remains found in Southwold: It is not Vanessa Fotheringham

Body Found Southwest of London Not That of Missing 24-Year-Old
AM980 News

Thanks for posting this, Have Faith. So there's still hope for Vanessa.
So this is another body found in Southwold. The story I was referring to is from spring 2011:
http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/04/11/17952396.html

This is becoming alarming. If LE could provide some news (for example, if the 2011 case may not have "suspicious" circumstances and/or if the same for this latest, it would be a great relief to be told this.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on August 09, 2012, 05:07:20 PM
August 9/2012
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: art-hu on August 15, 2012, 08:49:42 PM
Some human beings have no regard for anothers life, as we all know.  Really low on the totem pole.  Remember," what you sow is what you reep". "Karma"
The tables will be turned one day.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: debbiec on August 16, 2012, 04:43:25 PM
A thread has been started for the human foot and head that were found in the Credit River. Please do not post that information on this thread. Those remains have yet to be identified.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: debbiec on February 06, 2013, 12:38:10 PM
Vanessa Fotheringham's family doesn't want you to forget

By Jennifer O'Brien, The London Free Press

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:19:52 EST AM
 

Her name is Vanessa Fotheringham. She has been missing for a year.

And her family doesn't want you to forget.

"It's been a whole year, and she is missed every single day," said Vanessa's mother, Yvonne in a quiet telephone interview Wednesday morning.

"There is always something that reminds us of her, ever single day. It is gut wrenching. . . every single moment."

Fotheringham was last seen on the night of February 16th, 2012, in the area of Oxford and Quebec streets.

"We haven't had a peaceful night of sleep since this," her mom said. Police are investigating the case, but have not released any information in months.

To keep her memory - and their hope - alive at home, family members have built a collage of Vanessa pictures. To keep her memory alive outside their home, they have released a heartfelt statement to the media.

This is it:

Our last family gathering together with Vanessa was Christmas 2011.

It’s been a heart wrenching year for us because everything we see and/or do; there is always something that reminds us of the days we spent with her before her disappearance on February 17th - last year.

She has two loving parents, a sister, one beautiful daughter, 3 living grandparents, 7 Aunts and 7 Uncles, and 23 cousins who all love her and miss her very much. We are all very devastated that we haven’t heard from Vanessa and we (the family) have been very cooperative and quiet during this whole investigation. It is because it’s in the best interest of everyone who is involved in this on going missing and unsolved case. We also need and want to protect and care for our grandchild (Vanessa’s daughter). Seeing our grandchild’s name published in the media was very upsetting to us and wrong as she’s a minor. Some details like that and other stories about her didn’t help with this case, it was only hurtful and painful to see and read. She is our daughter, and she is a mother, has a sister, and is a niece, cousin and friend to many of us.

How are we coping everyone asks? ....

We can honestly say that our grandchild is a “God sent”… it’s her smile, her innocence and beautiful memories that she has of her mother that give us the love, courage and strength to hold on to the HOPE that one day we will see Vanessa again.

No one can really relate to all the emotions one goes through unless they too have a missing love one and live with the uncertainty day in and day out. Your heart does bleed for others, whom like us have and are going through similar situations like this…and many with tragic sad endings. Now these families have to live with the hope that justice will be served.

It’s not the days that are passing; it’s the moments we remember….

We have put together some picture colleges of Vanessa with each and every family member whom truly misses her and loves her.

We have 64 pictures that are displayed in our family room. We also made some awareness ribbons that were lavender and white, as these colors symbolize the awareness of unsolved and missing persons. At Christmas we, (Vanessa’s mom, sister and daughter) made snowflakes and butterflies and we hand painted each and every one of them in the colors lavender and white. We wanted to at least rekindle her spirit and remember the loving memories we all had with her since she wasn’t with us this Christmas season.

The “butterfly” also provided extra meaning to us because, Vanessa’s name in Greek means, “Butterfly”. A butterfly also symbolizes the sign of “HOPE” and believing in miracles.

We didn’t forget her Birthday in July either. The immediate family and some of her really close friends got together for a 5 lap walk. Five laps represented the five months that passed from when she went missing. We also released and let the air and blue skies lift 25 lavender and white colored balloons. We had twenty five balloons because this represented her 25th Birthday.

Right now we truly feel helpless because there is nothing that we can do at this point but wait, pray and hope for answers.

We plead to the public and ask that they come forward with anything they remember or recall before or after her disappearance.

We want to recognize and thank the London police, who are still working hard at trying to get the answers they need to assist them in solving this missing person’s case.

Lastly, we also thank our extended family and friends for their love, support, prayers and requested church masses that have been and are being said for our special attentions.

http://www.lfpress.com/2013/02/06/vanessa-fotheringhams-family-doesnt-want-you-to-forget (http://www.lfpress.com/2013/02/06/vanessa-fotheringhams-family-doesnt-want-you-to-forget)

Vanessa Fotheringham

click to enlarge picture


Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: jellybean on May 31, 2014, 09:00:37 PM
http://metronews.ca/news/london/939829/vanessa-fotheringham-odds-of-seeing-missing-london-woman-again-not-in-their-favour-family-says/

February 12, 2014 Updated: February 12, 2014 | 6:28 pm 

 
Vanessa Fotheringham: ‘Odds’ of seeing missing London woman again not in their ‘favour,’ family says.

click on link to read more.

JB
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: art-hu on May 31, 2014, 09:56:29 PM
Thanks for the update JB.
 Lets not give up hope on Vanessa, may the odds be in her favour.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on February 18, 2015, 08:09:56 PM
Another year gone by and still no answers regarding Vanessa.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on February 19, 2015, 09:41:24 AM
thanks to those of you who have posted on Vanessa`s thread; I feel awful to have forgotten this young woman is still missing. I still hold hope for her safe return.
I really do (now that I am older and wiser) wish public cameras were everywhere.

I remember there was some kind of a `lead`in her disappearance a few years ago: iirc, LE had posted a pic of a car/van VF was last believed to have entered, and were asking the public for info. Did anything ever come of that? I will check online and see if I can find anything.

bumping for Vanessa.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on February 19, 2015, 10:02:05 AM
from an October 2012 article at http://www.recorder.ca/dispatcher/fwd/www.lfpress.com/2012/10/18/family-police-tight-lipped-about-disappearance:

"Police notified the public three weeks after her disappearance that she may have been seen in a grey 2002 Saturn Vue with black steel rims that night. But it’s not believed police have spoken to the driver of that van and there’s been little information shared with the media or the public since."

drat.
there is a photo of a similar-type vehicle at http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/03/05/19460461.html with this info:
"Vanessa Fotheringham, 24, was last seen Feb. 16 in London. Police said she may have been a passenger in a grey 2002 Saturn Vue with black steel rims with no hubcaps. The SUV may have been driven on Dundas St. East, Wharncliffe Rd. North, Oxford St. West and elsewhere on the evening of Feb. 16 or the early morning hours of Feb. 17."

surely SOMEONE in London has some information?
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on June 28, 2015, 10:17:33 AM
Is there any word or update on this missing young mother?

It seems LE is still searching for the van and its driver:

"Soon after Vanessa vanished, police issued a media release that included a photo of a 2002 grey Saturn Vue with black steel rims that police said was of interest. They wouldn’t elaborate further then, nor does Bastien now.

“It’s still part of the investigation,” Bastien said. “It’s something that I can’t get into with specifics, but it’s still part of the investigation.”

To this day, no one has confirmed that Fotheringham got into the vehicle or if the driver of it is a suspect, but the fact that it’s still important to police means there’s at least one avenue of the hunt that hasn’t been closed.

Bastien said detectives do keep in contact with the family on an occasional basis, but there’s been little new to tell them. Even if there is a hopeful development, it often can’t be shared even with those closest to her for fear of compromising the investigation."
http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/5651180-cops-won-t-give-up-on-missing-london-woman/
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on August 23, 2015, 09:31:35 AM
 From http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/5651180-cops-won-t-give-up-on-missing-london-woman/
May 29, 2015

"Cops won't give up on missing London woman
By Scott Taylor
At least one person in the world knows what happened to Vanessa Fotheringham the night she disappeared — and more than three years later that person still isn’t talking.

Fotheringham was 24 years old when she vanished on Feb. 16, 2012. She was a loving mom and a daughter, but a woman who lived what those in law enforcement describe as a high-risk lifestyle.

.... [rsbm]
Bastien said detectives have investigated all of the tips since Fotheringham vanished. Some carried more weight than others, but none have led to closure for cops or Fotheringham’s family.

“Occasionally, we do continue to receive tips from time to time,” Bastien said. “In cases that are unsolved, or in cases where someone has gone missing and we exhaust investigative avenues to look for a person, I think the natural tendency is for things to slow down.”

That doesn’t mean Fotheringham has been forgotten, but there’s not a lot to go on.

Soon after Vanessa vanished, police issued a media release that included a photo of a 2002 grey Saturn Vue with black steel rims that police said was of interest. They wouldn’t elaborate further then, nor does Bastien now.

“It’s still part of the investigation,” Bastien said. “It’s something that I can’t get into with specifics, but it’s still part of the investigation.”

To this day, no one has confirmed that Fotheringham got into the vehicle or if the driver of it is a suspect, but the fact that it’s still important to police means there’s at least one avenue of the hunt that hasn’t been closed."
.... [rsbm]

More at  http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/news-story/5651180-cops-won-t-give-up-on-missing-london-woman/

Bumping for Vanessa.

Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on February 16, 2016, 03:46:40 PM
It is four years today that Vanessa went missing. Four years with no answers for her family and friends. Where is Vanessa Fotheringham?
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on February 26, 2016, 11:05:49 PM
http://www.lfpress.com/2016/02/26/searching-for-answers-fighting-for-a-new-approach


News Local

MISSING
Disappearances of three sex-trade workers raises questions about whether London police are doing enough to find them

By Randy Richmond, The London Free Press

Friday, February 26, 2016 9:28:19 EST PM

Image: 1 of 3
Shelley Joy Desrochers -- Born Feb. 4, 1974. White, five feet two, 141 pounds. Long brown hair. Pigeon-toed walk. Tattoo of a rose on her left upper arm and another of a heart on her right upper arm. Last seen Jan. 5, 2016, near Hamilton Road and Rectory Street. Reported missing Jan. 21, 2016

The three women share an unbreakable bond.

All three were moms, had friends and family, dreams and setbacks, ordinary elements of lives like everyone else.

But that’s not it. Their bond comes from the list of missing persons on the London police website.

The three sit at the top.

All three engaged in what police call a “high-risk lifestyle,” a euphemism for drug addiction and involvement in sex work, whether on the street, or in an escort service, strip club or body rub parlour.

Kathryn Bordato in 2009. Vanessa Fotheringham in 2012. Shelley Joy Desrochers in 2016.

“That is pretty startling, to have a group of sex workers missing in those numbers,” said Alissa Watt, an advocate for missing persons in southern Ontario.

The disappearances raise a number of questions, she says: are they connected? Are police doing enough to help sex workers? Are their disappearances treated with the same investigative intensity as the disappearance of others?

London police don’t use the word startling to describe the three disappearances.

“Any disappearance is of concern,” London police Insp. Kevin Heslop said. “Of course there is greater concern if there is a clear connection between cases.”

The women share surface similarities, roughly the same height and weight, each with long brown hair, raising speculation on social media about a connection between their disappearances.

“We have investigated this fully and determined there is no connection,” Heslop said in a series of emailed responses to Free Press questions. “We cannot discuss why we have ruled out a connection without disclosing all the inside information on each case.”

In London, the disappearances have occurred under the eyes of a renowned program to keep street-level sex workers safe, headed by Sgt. Lorna Bruce.

“If sex workers are at specific risk, we alert them through such things as information sheets, etc., that outline a description of a suspect or a suspect vehicle, in addition to investigators or Sgt. Bruce speaking with them directly,” Heslop said. “Unfortunately, sex trade workers are always at greater risk of harm than the general public.”

Their lifestyles often create distant relationships with family and friends, he said.

“. . . It is not uncommon for sex trade workers to be absent for extended periods of time, then reappear. That usually explains why missing persons reports for sex trade workers are often received days or weeks after they were last seen,” Heslop said. “However, that delay also typically makes an investigation more time-consuming.”

Some friends and relatives of the missing women complain a bigger problem is that police still don’t take the disappearances of sex workers as seriously as those of other people.

In the latest case, both elements seemed to be at play. Desrochers was last seen in public in early January, but her disappearance was not reported to police until Jan. 21.

Police did not issue a missing persons notice for several days, insisting the fact London media outlets were reporting the case made their own release unnecessary. But when police issued a release about Desrochers, it provided information media stories had not.

The lack of a police release surprises Watt. She’s the founder and executive director of the Missed Lives Project, a Hamilton based non-profit organization that educates the public about missing persons, helps families and helps in searches by publicizing details of cases.

“You need a variety of tactics all at once in a search,” Watt said. Sex workers “are often targeted and need special attention.”

But in general, missing sex workers “are often considered the least urgent cases by police,” she said.

As evidence, Watt points to the 2012 Missing Women Commission of Inquiry prompted by serial killer Robert Pickton in British Columbia.

The inquiry surveyed 20 police forces — London’s was not one of them — about the way they handled missing persons reports in 1997 and in 2013.

“In 1997/1998, the vast majority of responding police agencies stated that such factors as whether the missing person was a woman, a sex trade worker or a drug addict, had a history of going missing, or was transient or believed to be of no fixed address had no effect on the acceptance or investigation of missing person reports,” the inquiry reported.

Little has changed since then.

“The majority of responding police agencies stated that the above factors continue to have no effect on the acceptance or investigation of missing persons reports.”

However, some police forces do now consider whether a person was involved in the sex trade or dependent on drugs as a factor in prioritizing a search, the inquiry reported.

Edmonton police, for example, consider “high-risk lifestyle choices” and “addiction issues” in their risk assessments.

Hamilton police include a woman’s aboriginal heritage as a key factor in prioritizing searches.

London police do not include a woman’s involvement in the sex trade as one of the criteria in prioritizing searches, said spokesperson Const. Sandasha Bough.

Nor do they include a woman’s indigenous heritage, she said.

“ . . . We don’t textbook any of our missing persons into specific groups. All vulnerable persons, whether they are young or elderly, are important to us,” Bough said.

“We also look at weather and health concerns when determining the urgency of the search for that missing person.”

In other urban centres, the disappearances and deaths of and assaults on sex workers have prompted police to set up special task forces.

The killing of five women between 1995 and 2006 led to a Niagara task force that resulted in one person being charged with two homicides.

Hamilton and Halton police launched the joint Project Advocate to investigate the disappearance of two sex workers, the killing of one, and attacks on five others in 2001 and 2002.

Project Advocate led to the arrest of two men eventually convicted of sex assault, and the attacks stopped after they were jailed, according to Hamilton news reports.

London police appear to have little inclination to create a task force or conduct a probe here.

Police say they can’t determine if the women’s disappearances had anything to do with their lifestyles, and in some of the three cases, have never officially confirmed what those lifestyles involved.

Police here say they cannot determine yet what even happened to Desrochers, whether she is in hiding or in trouble.

London police do not keep statistics on assaults on sex workers, so it’s not clear how widespread the problem might be or if there are trends over time.

Although there were only a handful of charges in 2013 and 2014 involving assaults against sex workers, women surveyed by London researchers said violence is frequent, a common element of their lives.

“We look for links when investigating any missing person,” Bough said. “We will assign specific task forces to investigate if we feel it necessary.”

That response will likely do little to quell the criticism of police by many of the three women’s friends.

But police aren’t the only ones who have to change how they approach the dangers and disappearances of sex workers, Watt said.

The media needs to change as well, in order for the public to change, she said.

First, reporters have to give the disappearance of at-risk women the same attention as other citizens, she says.

Those reports, however, shouldn’t focus solely on how the women made their living.

For many people, learning a woman is in the sex trade or addicted to drugs is enough to stop caring and stop looking, Watt says.

Media must focus on what make the women the same as everyone else, families, hobbies, personalities, friends.

“At the end of the day, people are going to feel more sympathetic to a person like them,” Watt says.

The Free Press has wrestled with that issue. The newspaper hesitated publishing Desrochers’ involvement in the sex trade when she first disappeared, on the advice of friends who did not want her to face the public stigma when found.

But as time passed, and after police released an official missing persons notice — when Desrochers failed to access her bank account as expected Jan. 29 — The Free Press published information about her involvement in the sex trade.

Family and friends approved of that approach at the time, but a story in the newspaper Tuesday that focused on her work sparked a chorus of complaints on social media.

The story put a label on Desrochers that in the minds of many would discount her value to society, her friends complained.

So this story will end with three additional descriptions of the women, different from the usual provided by police and media.

Gleaned from past interviews with family and friends, these descriptions provide a hint of who is really missing:

Kathryn Bordato

    Once a track athlete who set school records in Leamington
    Mother of a son and daughter
    Through all her struggles, kept a roof over their heads and made sure they had good Christmases
    “I’d like people to know, when you see someone on the street, that’s someone’s son, mother, father . . . be respectful of them. If there’s a chance for you to help, please do, because the worst feeling in the world is not being able to say good night to your mom.” Son Zach Bordato

Vanessa Fotheringham

    Described as loving, bubbly and funny
    Mother to a young daughter about whom she talked non-stop
    Once a little girl herself who enjoyed sleepovers, playing house, singing to the Spice Girls
    “At the end of the day, whether you want to pass your judgment on the life decisions she made, you need to know that there are 60 people in my family who love her very much.” Cousin Julie Stacey

Shelley Joy Desrochers

    Described as loving, kind and funny
    Known for big smile and living up to her name, Joy
    Mother of one boy, grandmother to another
    Nickname: Shelleybean
    “Shelley is kind hearted with a fierce heart and unquestionable loyalty to her friends and family . . . I miss the way she giggles, the way she walks, the things she finds funny, the random acts of kindness she was inspired to do for others.” Longtime friend Elizabeth Minogue

Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: galaxygirl on April 11, 2016, 09:58:41 AM
London police have charged a man in the death of Vanessa Fotheringham, a London mother who went missing in 2012.

The man is charged with one count of second degree murder.  His whereabouts are unknown, police said.

The two were known to each other.

Fotheringham has been described as loving, bubbly and funny. She had a young daughter about whom she talked non-stop.

No body has been recovered, police said.

Fotheringham was reported missing Feb. 21, 2012. She was 24 and was last seen Feb. 16, 2012 in the area of Oxford and Quebec streets.

Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: Sunshine31 on April 11, 2016, 07:25:23 PM
http://www.lfpress.com/2016/04/11/vanessa-fotheringham-24-was-reported-missing-in-february-2012


Former London man accused of killing woman missing since 2012

By Jennifer O'Brien, Randy Richmond, The London Free Press

Monday, April 11, 2016 7:31:22 EDT PM
Vanessa Fotheringham

Antonio Valentin Resendez Cortez

Four years after Vanessa Fotheringham went missing, London police have confirmed the worst fears of those who’ve been hoping and praying she would one day come home.

Fotheringham was murdered, police said Monday.

And though they don’t have a cause of death and haven’t found her body, police have put out an arrest warrant for a former London man who was a friend of Fotheringham’s when she went missing in February 2012.

Antonio Valentin Resendez-Cortez, 32, is charged with one count of second-degree murder. Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest

Police believe Resendez-Cortez left London in 2012, after Fotheringham went missing, but investigators don’t know where he is, said Det. Insp. Kevin Heslop, head of the investigations branch for London police.

“We have been looking to interview him for some time,” Heslop said Monday.

Police didn’t put out a warrant for Resendez-Cortez until now because they “didn’t have sufficient information to (charge him), we were looking to interview him,” Heslop said.

“The charge is based on an accumulation of evidence investigators have gathered to date. We are now at the point where we feel we are less likely to find more evidence, so we are now looking for help from the public.”

Complicating the case is that police have not been able to locate Fotheringham’s body and do not have an official cause of death.

“We’ve exhausted our search for Vanessa’s body. We are hoping for input from the public,” Heslop said. “If anyone has any information however small, we’ll pursue. We are interested in whatever lead someone can (provide).”

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call London police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8477.

Heslop said laying a murder charge before a body has been recovered isn’t often done, but there have been convictions in such cases.

“We would like to recover Vanessa’s body.”

One of Fotheringham’s friends recognized Resendez-Cortez from the police handout photograph Monday.

“Oh, I know him. He’s in Toronto,” she said.

On Badoo.com, a website for meeting people, Resendez-Cortez lists his location as Toronto and in what appears to be a recent photograph is standing in a winter coat in a snowy scene.

He also states that his relationship status is single and describes his appearance as “5’ 7”, 159 lbs, average body and black hair.”

His first language is Spanish and his English is “average.”

On another website for meeting people, Resendez-Cortez lists his birthplace as the state of Queretano in Central Mexico, just north of Mexico City.

A man by the same name living in the municipality of Corregidora, in the state of Queretano, did not return a phone call from The Free Press.

A man by the same name in that state is also listed as a mechanical technician.

The charge against Resendez-Cortez is second degree murder because police believe he “either intended to kill Vanessa or he intended to cause her bodily harm that is likely to cause her death,” Heslop said.

Heslop said investigators believe Fotheringham has been dead since February 2012.

She was 24 when she was last seen Feb. 16, 2012, in the area of Oxford and Quebec streets. She was reported missing five days later, police said.

Police believe Resendez-Cortez was living in London at the time of Fotheringham’s disappearance, and that the two were friends.

“I don’t know how long they were friends. I don’t know the extent of the relationship. We are not considering this a domestic situation at all,” Heslop said.

Though acknowledging anyone accused of murder would be considered “potentially dangerous,” Heslop said the announcement should not trigger public alarm.

“It’s been four years and he hasn’t surfaced in our jurisdiction. There is no link that we have between him and any other missing woman,” he said.

However, they also have arrest warrants out for Resendez-Cortez on seven other offences — all related to cheque fraud and apparently unrelated to Fotheringham — from around the time she went missing.

At the time of her disappearance, Fotheringham lived a high-risk lifestyle, police said. But her family has described her as bubbly and funny, the loving mom of a young daughter.

A year after she was reported missing, Fotheringham’s family released a public statement saying they had faint hope she was still alive.

“She is missed every single day,” her mother Yvonne said in an interview with The Free Press. “It is gut-wrenching. Every single moment.”

In a statement released Monday through London police, the family asked for their privacy. “As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the family. This is a real tragedy for us and Vanessa is in our thoughts and prayers daily,” said the statement.

A friend of Vanessa’s said the arrest warrant does little to ease her pain.

“No it doesn’t give me comfort,” she said. “It’s been a very long time and now all of a sudden they have new information that leads to an arrest? Maybe they had information they were sitting on.”

Heslop said police have been communicating with Fotheringham’s family and that they are “up to speed” on the investigation.

“Our heart goes out to Vanessa’s family. They have been wrestling with this for four years. We hope this provides some degree of closure to them, but we appreciate that this is part of the grieving process and there is more to come.”

--- --- ---

A Statement from Vanessa Fotheringham's family:

At this time, we, Vanessa's family, would like to ask the media and public to please respect our preference to remain private as these charges unfold. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for the family. This is a real tragedy for us and Vanessa is in our thoughts and prayers daily.

The definition of the word, tragedy, to me is: "When you are a parent of a victim, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful." The destructive impact that we felt when reading articles that have been written about your child that went missing throughout the years did not help in this situation. The writings will always be there to read with the access to look at, and now you'll have families and their innocent child(ren) growing up having to live their life in pain. There is nothing I can think of that is quite as devastating as this is.

We greatly appreciate and thank the City of London police department for their work throughout this case and in bringing us to where we are today. And we also would like to thank family and friends for their comforting kind words and prayers. It will be that support and love we receive that will make us be survivors through this."
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on August 29, 2016, 12:34:59 PM
Thanks for posting this news, GalaxyGirl and Sunshine31!!
Can't seem to find a post-April update -- I'm not sure if the man charged has been apprehended yet or remains at large.
There's an image of him at this site: http://www.am980.ca/2016/04/11/85845/
Title: Fotheringham body located by OPP
Post by: John Wilson Murray on March 02, 2018, 09:20:36 AM
Arrest warrant still out for suspect who appears to be in Mexico.


https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/mobile/remains-found-in-wooded-area-belong-to-2012-murder-victim-police-say-1.3825759
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on March 02, 2018, 08:17:50 PM
well finally, with Vanessa now found, she can be properly laid to rest. She deserves the dignity of a proper burial.
My condolences once more go out to her family and friends.
Rest in peace, Vanessa.
Title: Re: Vanessa Fotheringham, Missing, London Ontario
Post by: 2soccermom on March 02, 2018, 08:45:20 PM
Info from the London paper at http://www.lfpress.com/2018/03/02/2012-homicide-victim-vanessa-fotheringhams-body-has-been-found (though frankly not much different than in the link you posted, John WM):

"The discovery of a long-missing London homicide victim’s remains will strengthen their case as the hunt continues for the man charged in her death, police said Friday.

The remains of Vanessa Fotheringham – last seen on Feb. 16, 2012, near Oxford and Quebec streets in London – were discovered by a citizen last weekend at the Hawkins Tract Conservation Authority in Oxford County. They were removed for examination by forensic pathologists.

London police were then looped into the OPP investigation, and it was soon confirmed the bones were those of the 24-year-old mom. That breakthrough will be valuable to investigators, London police Det-Sgt. Alex Krygsman said.

'The discovery and return of her remains offers us important evidence to assist our investigation and eventually prosecution,'Krygsman said at a press conference at police headquarters Friday."