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https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/human-remains-discovered-in-west-end-alley?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1LuvD554q2j_jbVsSNauLncX3rCS-cr9hHEK-Tv9zj7ss-IaqkCrC9_fE#Echobox=1566014540

The Edmonton Police Service’s homicide section is investigating after human remains were discovered in a Sherwood neighbourhood alley Thursday morning in west Edmonton.

Citizens walking in an alley west of 149 Street between 92 Avenue and 93 Avenue discovered the remains Thursday morning and called in the discovery, police said in a news release.


Edmonton Police are asking to speak with anyone who may have been travelling through the alley west of 149 Street between 92 Avenue and 93 Avenue on Wednesday or Thursday that may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour or unfamiliar vehicles in that area.

The Edmonton medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the remains Friday but the results are not being released.

Homicide detectives are looking for help from residents in the area and are circulating a poster about their investigation. They would like to speak with anyone who may have been travelling through that alley on Wednesday or Thursday that may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour or unfamiliar vehicles.

Investigators are also looking for any residential surveillance video or dash cam video of the alley which may help with their investigation.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.p3tips.com/250.

lijohnson@postmedia.com

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That is so unsettling, Jobo. Perhaps Amber's killer is the same one in this case? Patricia seemed to be involved in the crime element but Amber was only in the area for appts. Police are likely checking all angles and MO's.

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This all happened around the same area Amber Tuccaro disappeared at. I went back to her thread to see if the vehicle type was ever given there of Amber's captor but for some reason I always saw in my mind that the man drove a larger car. There is quite an element of underworld that seems to coincide with Strathcona County.

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Edmonton / Missing - Patricia Wendy Pangracs - age 32 - Edmonton area
« on: August 11, 2019, 09:15:53 PM »
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/police-search-rural-properties-for-missing-edmonton-woman-1.5243053


Patricia Wendy Pangracs was last heard from on June 8.

On Saturday, a full two months after the 32-year-old woman went missing, search and rescue volunteers worked with Edmonton police to scour the land around a rural intersection in Strathcona County, looking for signs of her.

Edmonton police aren't sure if she's alive or dead.

"The best evidence that we have at this point would, on a balance of probabilities, lead me to the latter conclusion," homicide unit Det. Jared Buhler said.

"That's why Homicide is involved and Missing Persons reached the same conclusion."

More than 20 civilian searchers and five canines combed through properties around the intersection of Range Road 233 and Township Road 514.

In the early hours of June 8, police believe Pangracs travelled to the rural intersection from Beaumont, just south of Edmonton, in a white 2011 Cadillac CTS with front-end damage. Police are asking people who live along the route to check their surveillance cameras.

"We don't know what happened from this point on June 8," Buhler said, noting Pangracs was last spotted in the area on foot. "It's possible that Patricia might have sought shelter on an acreage, farm around here."

Landowners consented to the searches on their heavily treed, grassy properties, he said.

"We certainly don't have any reason to believe they're involved in this investigation at all, but they've been very cooperative and we do appreciate their assistance in that," he said.


A search and rescue team scours the land surrounding a Strathcona County intersection for signs of Patricia Pangracs on Saturday. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)
The missing persons unit started investigating after getting a tip from one of Pangracs's friends on July 8 — a full month after she was last heard from.

Security footage from the day before shows Pangracs and the Cadillac at a gas station in Bruderheim, about 60 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.


Police have been in touch with Pangracs's parents but say she had no family connections in the Edmonton area, explaining why her disappearance was not immediately reported.

"I think people in her social group were reluctant initially to bring it to the attention of the police," Buhler said.


Det. Jared Buhler of the Edmonton Police Service's homicide unit speaks near the Strathcona County intersection where missing woman Patricia Wendy Pangracs was last spotted. (Scott Neufeld/CBC)
Some people in Pangracs's social circle are criminals, he said.

"We're aware of a series of conflicts that have in some cases resulted in violence that preceded Patricia's disappearance and in some cases followed her disappearance," Buhler said. "It's those circumstances, generally, some of which related directly to Patricia and some of which we believe that she was perhaps a peripheral player, that have caused us to become concerned."

The search around the Strathcona County intersection came up empty, EPS spokesperson Cheryl Sheppard said in an email on Sunday.

Media coverage of the search resulted in new tips to police, who asked anyone with information about the case to contact them.


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Thanks Ruby Rose. I guess I had skipped that part or forgot Debbie saying it was closed.

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What happened to the whole thread? There was a lot of info and conversation on June's case. I recently ran across another case similar from USA and that case also could have been solved from the get go but wasn't solved until after some 50 years. Perhaps there is hope for proper justice for June  as well.
The other case is Louise Pietriewicz and of course husband was a cop.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43659650


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Also found.

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Toronto / Re: 100 year old Toronto murder mystery -- solved
« on: July 05, 2019, 12:52:36 AM »
Thank you Joe.l. This sounds very interesting and probably even helpful to other police units as far as the psychology of the killer goes as it may fit MO's in other cases. I don't mean the same killer, but psychologically similar work.

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Christine Woodcox was located safe.

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https://www.stalberttoday.ca/local-news/st-albert-rcmp-looking-for-missing-person-1546113?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook


St. Albert RCMP is reaching out to the public for assistance in locating Rey Hernandez, a 41-year-old male, who was last seen by his family on June 26 at approximately 7:00 p.m. leaving his residence in a silver 2003 Pontiac Montana van. Family and friends are concerned for his well being and would like to locate him as soon as possible.


Rey is described as:

Latino male
5'8" tall
209 lbs
Brown hair
Brown eyes
Wearing light brown shorts and a grey shirt
Dark facial hair
If anyone has information regarding this missing person, they are asked to contact the St. Albert RCMP Detachment at 780-458-7700 or their local police.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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https://alberta.missing.report/christine-woodcox-fort-mcmurray/?fbclid=IwAR0v-MAddoRV1HjztVODxQlQ-fgpeAjMVu2hd37aCafB2x75mgj9Og9sCic

FORT McMURRAY — The Wood Buffalo RCMP and the missing’s family are asking for the public’s assistance in locating missing 40 year old Christine Woodcox out of the Fort McMurray, Alberta area.

Christine was last seen on June 23rd, 2019 in Fort McMurray itself.

She was last seen wearing blue denim jeans, a pink shirt and had a black purse with her.

Details about Christine’s disappearance are limited, so if you have any information please get in contact with police.

CHRISTINE IS DESCRIBED AS:
• GENDER: Female.
• ETHNICITY: Indigenous.
• HAIR: Brown.
• EYES: Brown.
• HEIGHT: 5 foot 6.
• WEIGHT: 175 pounds.

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https://www.canadapolicereport.ca/2019/06/10/peace-regional-r-c-m-p-seek-public-assistance-in-locating-missing-man-2/

Peace River, Alberta – Peace Regional R.C.M.P. are seeking public assistance in locating Cody Nagy, an 18 year old male resident of Peace River, Alberta. He was last seen leaving his Peace River residence on June 8, 2019, at approximately 5:00 P.M., driving a red, 2015 Dodge Ram pick-up truck, bearing Alberta license plate number CBV 1382. Police are attempting to locate Cody out of concern for his safety and well-being.

Cody is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 175 cm (5’9″) tall, 91 kg (200 lbs), with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen wearing a plaid, hooded shirt, black jeans and may be carrying a black and grey back pack. R.C.M.P. are asking anyone with information relating to Cody’s whereabouts, to contact the Peace Regional detachment at 780-624-6677.

Peace Regional RCMP

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https://globalnews.ca/news/5375297/missing-edmonton-woman-homicide/?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=GlobalEdmonton&fbclid=IwAR07JmZ43wrFjTA5MsyIdkhEXeRN1WqyrVo7A3XyIckP7OI5NvqsnPeF7u4


An Edmonton woman’s disappearance is now being investigated as a homicide, according to RCMP.


Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere, 25, was reported missing after last being seen in North Battleford, Sask., on May 1.



The Saskatchewan RCMP’s major crime unit north, with the assistance of an analyst from the forensic laboratory in Edmonton, have determined that her disappearance is the result of foul play, police said on Monday.

Over the last several days, police said they searched a number of locations in North Battleford and they are currently reviewing the information gathered.

Laverdiere had been in the North Battleford and Thunderchild First Nation areas to attend a funeral on April 27.

Investigators were working to determine if she left the North Battleford area, as she did not have a known mode of transportation or the means to return to Alberta.

WATCH (May 18, 2019): Edmonton woman’s disappearance now being treated as suspicious

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Son Torin posted the following to FB.


(Torin Segstro)
4 hrs
Everyone – My father has gone missing - I’m hoping some of you, or your friends, may have seen him or can look out for his vehicle. Please share if you would like to help!

Hans was last seen Wednesday May 29th at 10pm outside his north east retirement home located in Calgary (near Village Square Leisure Center)

He is 5'9", caucasion with a thin white beard and balding.

Here is what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

- Blue and white baseball cap
- Blue vest and blue t-shirt
- Blue jeans
- Brown crocks

I have also attached a photo from the security camera at his building taken as he left that night.

He may be driving a blue 2008 Kia Sportage with license plate
NAS-100
It looks similar to the one in the photos below, but will have winter tires on black rims.

If you see him or his vehicle, please reach out to me at
missing@calgaryfriends.net
or here on Facebook. You can also call the Calgary Police at 403-266-1234

Thank you for your help, and please share this post!

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General Discussion / A 2018 look at several cold cases by detectives
« on: June 01, 2019, 12:18:23 AM »
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/cold-cases-the-search-for-justice-never-stops

It has been decades since the death of 13-year-old Valerie Anastacia Drew. It has been decades since the disappearance of 24-year-old Tom Gencarelli. It has been decades since 27-year-old Christine Ziomkiewicz mysteriously vanished.

It has been decades, but Kingston Police investigators, past and present, and the victims’ families, have not forgotten.

“There’s probably not a police investigator out there that doesn’t have a case, or many cases, that just sit idle in the back of their brains all the time,” retired Kingston Police inspector Brian Cookman told the Whig-Standard on Thursday. “It’s the ones that got away.”

Cold cases are investigations that have stalled. Today, Kingston Police have nine cold cases involving 10 victims. Evidence has been analyzed, interviews have been conducted and avenues have been exhausted, but still, solid answers elude investigators.

Kingston Police’s Sgt. Jay Finn now leads the Cold Case Unit, which was reopened in 2005. Whenever there’s the slightest lead or clue, the unit follows it, does interviews and grasps for a link. Since reopening, Finn said they’ve resubmitted DNA samples to the Centre for Forensic Science in Toronto for re-examination a number of times.

“Things change … DNA technology has increased dramatically,” Finn said. “When they first started testing, they needed quite a large quantity. Now what they need, in terms of pictograms, is way less than what they needed 15 to 20 years ago.”


Photos of cold case murder victims and missing persons on the wall of the Kingston Police Major Crimes and Cold Case Unit at police headquarters in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network STEPH CROSIER / STEPH CROSIER/KINGSTON WHIG-STANDARD

In one of the nine cases, new technology has produced the DNA profile of a possible suspect, but it hasn’t been matched to anyone specifically, Finn said. The discovery was both exciting and extremely frustrating.

“If the DNA tests came back with the results that we wanted, there’d be people under arrest for these murders,” Finn said.

Despite working against time, with time comes evolution and developments in technologies — technologies that weren’t around 48 years ago.

On Sept. 27, 1970, Valerie Anastacia Drew was found dead in a wooded area that is now the present-day Compton Street apartment complexes. She’d been reported missing a day prior when a searcher found her at about 10:30 p.m., gagged by her own clothes and hit over the head with a large rock.

Drew was last seen alive two days earlier, when she left her Wiley Street home. She walked north with two teenage male friends, who then hitchhiked to Peterborough. Her family reported her missing the next day.

Former chief of Kingston Police Bill Hackett assisted Earl McCullough, who was the first lead investigator on the case. While Hackett retired in July 1995, he said this past Wednesday that the case has stuck with him.

“It was a terrible case,” Hackett admitted. “I still think that the perpetrator is still in that area. She was a smart young girl. Intelligent and well liked, and there’s been a lot of officers who put a lot of time into her case.

“I think the day will come that perhaps it will be solved.”

Hackett said the case has affected so many officers that he thinks any one of them would “go the extra mile” immediately should they receive any information.

“I’d love to see something come out of the woodwork for little Valerie Drew,” Hackett said. “I think it’s solvable. Just because of all the information that has been gathered, put together and investigated so far, it leads one to believe that it should be solved.”


Thomas Gencarelli’s picture from the wall of the Kingston Police Major Crimes and Cold Case Unit at police headquarters in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Gencarelli disappeared on Nov. 12, 1982. Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network STEPH CROSIER / STEPH CROSIER/KINGSTON WHIG-STAN

In the case of 24-year-old Tom Gencarelli, Kingston Police gathered enough evidence to charge Mitchiel “Micky” McArthur in 1996, but a key witness, a witness Finn says potentially helped McArthur, died before trial in 1998.

McArthur, who has changed his name to Michiel Hollinger, is 65 years old and is currently serving life in prison after being convicted of four counts of attempted murder and a slew of other violent crimes, including robbery, aggravated assault and use of a firearm to commit an offence, following a 1994 bank robbery in Port Perry.

“A lot of times in policing, we know who has done something, but we just can’t prove it, which is the worst situation to find yourself in,” Cookman said, referring to the Gencarelli case. With the death of that key witness, he said the investigation had to start from scratch again. Finn said they’ve attempted to interview McArthur a number of times, but with no obligation to talk, he stays quiet.

Gencarelli was a drywaller who left his Bayswater Place home to pick up his paycheque at work on Nov. 12, 1982, but he never arrived. His body was never found. The original investigators on the case were Harry Hickling and Gord Patterson. In 1999, it was handed over to Cookman.

“Cold cases never stop being investigated,” Cookman said. “It’s always in somebody’s hands. It’s never just shelved. It may not be active right now, but a phone call later today and all of a sudden it is active.”

The Gencarelli case piqued every officer’s interested at the time, Cookman said.

“Everyone had their ear to the ground. Every police officer was always thinking and listening and talking and trying to shake the trees to see what they could find out,” Cookman said. “It was just such a nasty bit of business, that whole thing.”

Cookman said he’ll never forget the look on the Gencarelli family’s faces when he explained to them that he was taking over and that the case hadn’t been forgotten.

“The look in their eyes, there was a pleading look of ‘please don’t let this not be investigated,’” Cookman said. “That’s what’s really stuck.”

Finn said Kingston Police are still adamantly against McArthur ever receiving parole. Cookman noted that McArthur’s track record is reasonably public and that his 1990 book, “I’d Rather be Wanted Than Had: The Memoirs of an Unrepentant Bank Robber,” speaks volumes of his character.

“He’s self-professed to be an outlaw,” Cookman said, noting that he estimates McArthur is approaching 300 prior convictions.

On June 23, 1978, 27-year-old Christine Ziomkiewicz mysteriously disappeared from her basement apartment on Park Street. With her car still parked outside the building, the Queen’s University lab technician had purchased groceries that day after work and left them on the kitchen table. Dirty dishes were found the sink waiting to be washed, a new sweater still in a bag was on her bed waiting to be worn, and there was no sign of a struggle, Finn said. Her body has never been found and police suspect foul play.

“It’s a true mystery,” Finn said. “When you vanish without a trace, leaving no physical evidence, it makes a case very challenging. With Christine, it’s sad. The family was always looking for answers.”

In 2017, two men — one of whom the family’s private investigator believed to be Christine’s boyfriend — were located and interviewed by Kingston Police, Finn said. Travelling to British Columbia and the Maritimes to speak with both of them in person, investigators determined neither of them were in a romantic relationship with Christine.


Viva Mack’s photo from the wall of the Kingston Police Major Crimes and Cold Case Unit at police headquarters in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Mack was found dead in her apartment on Nov. 3, 1993. Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Finn said they also explored a possible connection with an inmate who hung himself in Kingston Penitentiary. In the inmate’s 1989 suicide note, the man “ranted” of the multiple murders he’d committed across the country, Finn said. That same inmate had a girlfriend, later his wife, who lived a few blocks away from Christine on Park Street. Prior to Christine’s disappearance, the inmate was given day passes to visit his girlfriend, but by the time Christine vanished, the couple were in Alberta.

In May, Christine’s brother Bernie Ziomkiewicz retired from Queen’s University, where he was a technician in the physics department. He was 25 when his sister disappeared and told the Whig-Standard this past Thursday that he remembers feeling very vulnerable.

“When something very unexpected happens like that, you start to wonder if it is going to happen again, and who’s next,” Bernie said. “When something so odd and unexpected happens, it opens the floodgates to what other odd and unexpected things can happen?”

In January 2017, Bernie also spoke with Finn and handed over three DNA samples: one to stay with the local force, one to go to the RCMP and one to go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. Finn confirmed that Bernie’s DNA will be uploaded to the RCMP’s National Missing Persons DNA Program databank to compare to unidentified human remains that have been found over the past 50 years.

Despite the recent interviews, re-examination of evidence and handing over his DNA, Bernie is realistic. He doesn’t believe she left her apartment voluntarily, and if she hasn’t been found in 40 years, he’s not sure she’ll ever be found.

Bernie lives on Park Street and often drives past Christine’s old apartment, located at the corner of Park and Regent streets.

“I look at the apartment, wonder about the people living in there now,” Bernie mused. “I wonder if they have any idea of what happened there, the history of that apartment.”

Kingston Police have six other cold cases they continue to investigate whenever they get a lead, including:

On Aug. 26, 1978 Eleanor McGeachie, 63,  was found dead in her 795 Victoria St. home from an apparent home invasion. Finn said that while McGeachie’s family wishes for the case to be solved, they do not wish for any extra media attention.
On May 2, 1989, 21-year-old Jeffrey Thomas Leveque and 20-year-old Steven Wallace Hefford were killed when a homemade bomb exploded at a residence at 13 Shaw St. Three other people were injured but survived. Finn said that though the investigation was thorough, individuals involved weren’t talking. He is hoping as time has gone on, they may change their minds.
“There was a drug element to those murders, but these victims are still good people,” Finn said. “It’s horrible for what their families have gone through.”

Gordon Cameron was last seen in Ottawa in February 1993. In the spring of 2015, Ontario Provincial Police and Kingston Police scoured a 300-acre property on North Shore Road for two and a half weeks. Cameron’s disappearance has long been believed to be linked to the murder of Kevin John MacPherson. MacPherson went missing at the end of 1992, just before Cameron. McPherson’s body was found in two barrels that were welded together in Holleford Creek — just a 15-to-20-minute drive from the North Shore Road property. At the time, it was believed that MacPherson was shot to death at Gord’s Auto Body, a Westbrook area garage owned by Cameron.
Robert Shaw, then the president of the Kingston chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact in the murder of MacPherson and was sentenced to three years in prison.

On Nov. 3, 1993, 65-year-old Viva Mack was found dead in her ground-floor apartment at 1508 Princess St., where she lived alone. Finn said the investigation suggests her death was the result of a home invasion and robbery.  Police have never released the circumstances of her death.
Henrietta Knight’s photo from the wall of the Kingston Police Major Crimes and Cold Case Unit at police headquarters in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. Knight was beaten during a home invasion on June 2, 1995. She survived the initial attack, providing a statement and sketches of her attackers, but died five month later as a result of her injuries. Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Henrietta Knight was the victim of a violent home invasion on June 2, 1995. The 92-year-old lived in her Macdonnell Street home for more than 45 years when it was entered, she was tied up and beaten during the robbery. She survived the attack and spoke with investigators but died as a result of her injuries in November 1995.
“It’s rare in these investigations where we actually get to speak to our victim,” Finn said. “She was able to provide a statement and sketches [of the suspects].”

On March 30, 2002, Marion Joyce was found dead in her Meadowcrest Road home by her son. Finn said investigators determined the 74-year-old was murdered and possibly knew her killer, but they couldn’t say if it was targeted.
“Some of these families feel that we’ve failed them,” Finn said. “I don’t think we’ve completely failed them, but we’ve done our best and sometimes the results are what they are. I can assure you no detective wants to have an unsolved, cold case murder and to think about that for the rest of their life — and they do.”

As time passes, Finn hopes that anyone with information will finally come forward. It may be small and appear insignificant, but any piece of information can break a case.

“We can’t do it alone, never have been able to do it alone,” Cookman said. “It’s always the community rallying around its police service and helping.”

Hackett says that, for now, the families and the multiple investigators once assigned to the cases have no closure.

“Some of these cases are so close to being solved, in my opinion, that it’s scary.”

scrosier@postmedia.com

Twitter: @StephattheWhig

— With files from Postmedia Network

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