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Title: remains of George Roseme, 77, found by dog? missing since 2007
Post by: kathybarnes on July 25, 2013, 03:09:00 PM
Bones might be those of missing 77-year-old La Pêche man
Former Carleton University professor disappeared while walking dog in 2007

LA PECHE, QUE. — George Roseme was last seen by a neighbour in the small rural Quebec community of La Pêche walking his dog up Hogan Road in 2007. His dog came back a few days later. Roseme never did.

Nearly six years since his disappearance, after another area dog found bones Monday morning that police have confirmed are human, police think they might have finally found the remains of the missing 77-year-old man.

“We would be surprised if it’s not him,” Martin Fournel of the MRC des Collines said Wednesday, though police aren’t yet ruling out other possibilities.

Roseme, a former political science professor at Carleton University and star javelinist who could have made the Olympic team in the 1950s had he not been sidelined by a groin injury, was last seen around 3 p.m. on Sept. 10. A neighbour reported him missing the day after.

Lynne Threlfall, Roseme’s former girlfriend, called police when she heard bones had been found.

She had changed her phone number and wanted to make sure they knew how to reach her if they needed to. She said she’s not expecting to hear for certain for some time, but the unexpected discovery is bringing all the emotions back. She needed rest Wednesday afternoon after speaking to friends and family all day, to clear her thoughts and “try to get grounded again,” she said.

At the time, the neighbour’s sighting was the biggest clue police had, and now, she said, if the bones are Roseme’s at least they know he continued up the dirt road.

Hogan Road eventually comes to a dead end, with a gate blocking off entrance to any vehicles. But, by foot, it’s still accessible past the gate.

Threlfall remembers well all the searching they did and when Roseme’s family in California came to Quebec, worried that everything possible wasn’t being done to find him. They saw the sloping and peaking land, the heavy brush and the endless trails and knew it was like finding “a needle in a haystack,” Threlfall said.

Together, Threlfall and Roseme had built the log house that would be Roseme’s final home.

She still lives on Hogan Road, with her partner, a pair of gentle but guarding dogs, and as many cows and sheep as can easily graze on her land. She bought the homestead across the road after she and Roseme ended their romantic relationship.

It was the farming lifestyle that brought them together and, in the end, it’s what kept them friends until the day he disappeared.

Police will not reveal how far away the bones were found from Roseme’s home, saying they don’t want the proximity to suggest that foul play wasn’t involved.

“We want to make sure he was not a victim of any crime and that info could be useful,” Fournel said.

Police initially suspected Roseme’s disappearance was linked to his health. In the months before he went missing, Roseme had been diagnosed with alzheimer’s and neighbours who remembered him Wednesday said he had trouble walking, leading police to believe he might have wandered into the bush and passed away.

They searched for 10 days, by land, by air and even with dogs. The helicopter and search-and-rescue units turned up no sign of him.

If the bones are Roseme’s, police will be looking into how they could have missed finding him, looking at where the bones were found and cross-referencing them with where they searched in 2007.

Roseme grew up in California, and his three children continued to live there after he died, His daughter Sharon was scheduled to visit him the week he went missing. By the time she arrived, the search was already underway. Sharon started a blog to offer friends and family the chance to remember her dad — there was no funeral since a body hadn’t been found. A death certificate wasn’t even issued. According to Quebec civil law, in the absence of a body, the coroner can only issue a death certificate seven years after someone’s gone missing. Sharon died of natural causes in 2010 at 56 years old before ever finding out what happened to her father.

The discovered bones will be taken to Montreal sometime this week where forensic tests should determine if what many in the area say they already know is true, that the bones are Roseme’s. Fournel is hopeful the tests will also reveal the cause of death, something investigators have wondered about since they stopped searching.

“We’re always thinking about the family, so they can have some kind of closure,” Fournel said. “We always want to know, to see what exactly happened.”

Title: Re: remains of George Roseme, 77, found by dog? missing since 2007
Post by: kathybarnes on July 31, 2013, 09:06:09 AM
Outaouais police confirm human remains those of man missing since 2007


OTTAWA — Outaouais police have confirmed that the human bones found by a dog in La Peche on July 22 are that of George Roseme, a retired political science professor and former star athlete who went missing from the area in 2007.

Roseme, 77, was last seen walking his dog up Hogan Road in the mid-afternoon of Sept. 10, 2007. The bones were found a short distance away.

Roseme’s daughter Karen said police had notified her Tuesday but told her it would still be a few weeks before any cause of death will be determined.

Roseme’s disappearance, months after he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, has been a source of speculation for friends and colleagues of the great storyteller, who say they have always thought that Roseme planned to go unfound.

MRC des Collines police will be examining how they could have missed Roseme’s bones in their 10-day search in 2007 after he went missing.

Police combed the rural area by foot, by air and with the help of canine units but didn’t come upon any sign of Roseme.

More to come.


Title: Re: remains of George Roseme, 77, found by dog? missing since 2007
Post by: Sap1 on July 15, 2016, 03:48:30 PM

By: Joe Lofaro Metro Published on Mon Feb 08 2016
Carleton University is trying to recoup nearly half a million dollars paid to the estate of a professor who received pension benefits while – unbeknownst to the university – he was dead.
The university went to court to recover $497,332 from the estate of George Roseme, who taught political science at Carleton. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease when he disappeared on Sept. 9, 2007.
Roseme’s whereabouts remained a mystery until a neighbour’s dog found his remains on July 22, 2013.
While he was presumed missing, Roseme’s lifelong friend and former girlfriend, Lynne Threlfall, was appointed tutor to the absentee under Quebec law. She oversaw the monthly $7,122 pension payment into his bank account. Those payments began in January 2008.
She was to receive the payments for a maximum of seven years. Under the Civil Code of Quebec, Roseme was to be presumed alive for seven years, “unless proof of death is made before then.” Otherwise, pension benefits end when the beneficiary is declared dead.
But last week, a Superior Court of Quebec judge ruled Threlfall was receiving these payments in “error” after a 2014 coroner’s report declared the date of death was Sept. 11, 2007 – two days after he went missing.
“Her role as a tutor ceased when Mr. Roseme’s death was established,” Justice Martin Bédard wrote in his Feb. 2 ruling.
“Until Carleton was informed of Mr. Roseme’s disappearance (through) an article published in the Ottawa Sun on Jan. 25, 2009, the payments made by Carleton were based on the false assumption that Mr. Roseme was alive.”

Carleton spokesman Chris Cline said the university was required by law to pay the pension “until his date of death was determined.”
“Carleton has a fiduciary obligation to the members of the Carleton Retirement Plan to pursue reimbursement of payments made after the date of his death,” he said in an email.
Threlfall’s lawyer, Benoit Duchesne, said Monday he is reviewing the decision and is awaiting his client's instructions on how to proceed.
He declined to comment on whether or not he will appeal.
Title: Re: remains of George Roseme, 77, found by dog? missing since 2007
Post by: lostlinganer on July 15, 2016, 04:44:37 PM
interesting story!  wow...