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https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2019/10/09/apd-arrest-made-in-homicide-captured-in-videos-involving-woman-found-along-seward-highway/

A 48-year-old Anchorage man was charged with murder after someone found a digital card containing dozens of videos and photos that authorities say show him beating and killing a woman in a Midtown hotel room.

The woman’s body was found last week along the Seward Highway south of the city. She has not been identified.

Detectives recognized Brian Steven Smith from the graphic videos because Smith is involved in a separate ongoing investigation, said Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim. Thim declined to say anything about the other investigation, or whether Smith is a suspect in other crimes.

Smith was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for first-degree murder Tuesday afternoon at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, police said in an online release announcing the arrest Wednesday.

He was returning to Anchorage, where he lives, Thim said. Smith is originally from South Africa.

Smith, 48, appeared in Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.


An affidavit filed with the criminal complaint against him details a strange chain of events that led police to a trove of gruesome videos and photos.

Last Monday, Sept. 30, a woman called police dispatch to report that she’d found an SD card containing a video of a homicide on the ground, police said. The caller later told officers the card — a small memory card used in portable digital devices — was discarded on the street at the corner of Fairbanks Street and 13th Avenue in Fairview, near the Gambell Carrs store.

The SD card was labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott,” according to the affidavit.

Homicide detectives began combing through the 39 images and 12 videos on the card, all documenting a horrifying scene of violence against an unknown woman.

The images showed a naked woman being beaten on the floor of a hotel room, according to the affidavit. Other images showed her being strangled by a man who was yelling at her to die in what sounded like a foreign accent, at one point stomping on her throat. It appeared that Smith recorded them himself, according to the affidavit.

The woman attempted to fight back, the affidavit said.

Other images showed the woman covered in a white sheet, being moved through a parking lot to a truck. Time stamps on the images at the hotel showed they were taken in the early hours of Sept. 4, the affidavit said.

The final images on the card show the woman’s body face down in the bed of a pickup, and were time-stamped Sept. 6.

Police recognized the man in the videos as Brian Smith, an immigrant from South Africa police knew of “from a previous investigation," according to the affidavit.

Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, the woman’s body was found along Turnagain Arm, near the Rainbow trailhead.

Smith has a truck matching the one in the images, and pings from his cellphone put him along Rainbow Valley Road off the Seward Highway, near where the woman’s body was found, within minutes of the last time-stamped photos of the body, the affidavit said.

Smith had registered a room at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott the night the video was taken, according to the affidavit.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, is described as having long dark hair and possibly being Alaska Native.


Thim said the arrest hinged on two aspects of the investigation: the citizen who chose to call police when they found that card, and the coordination between law enforcement agencies handling the separate cases of the videos and the body.

Many questions remain unanswered Wednesday, including the identity of the woman.

“We still don’t know who she is and we don’t know much about her," said Thim.


Detectives knew almost immediately that “something was wrong, that someone’s loved one was killed” when they found her remains, he said.

The State Medical Examiner Office is working to confirm her identity and manner of death.

There’s also the question of how an SD card containing images and videos of a slaying, labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott,” came to be discarded on a busy Anchorage street.

Little is known about Smith, the man charged. Public records show that he lives in a home in the Geneva Woods neighborhood, and a social media profile that appears to belong to him says he married an Anchorage woman in 2014.

Police and a crime scene investigation unit spent much of Tuesday afternoon and evening at the home where Smith lived with his wife, hauling away a black pickup, neighbors said. His wife is not implicated in the slaying.

In court Wednesday, Smith appeared in handcuffs, wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit. He told Anchorage District Court Judge Brian Clark that he had about $2,000 in total saved.

Clark asked that he be appointed a public defender and set his bail at $500,000 cash appearance bond and a $250,000 cash performance bond.

The case marks the second killing in less than six months involving a video. A Snapchat video showed two of the teens accused of killing 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman near the Thunderbird Falls trailhead in June apparently discussing the crime.


Reporter Jeff Parrott contributed to this story.


Human remains found along Seward Highway near Rainbow trailhead

Zaz Hollander
Veteran ADN reporter Zaz Hollander is based in Wasilla and covers the Mat-Su region and breaking news.


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General Discussion / Homicide victim sketch - Slave Lake - Oct 6 2018
« on: October 07, 2019, 02:53:38 PM »
Police request help in identifying sketch rendering of a male found deceased (homicide). Rendering and sketches within link.



https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-release-model-rendering-of-northern-alberta-homicide-victim-1.4627660?fbclid=IwAR2IuNlb1lVQQzkavrAsHP-ByKJ5pYbRa4c9Mq48gY50Ctp4hHJ05D3wCYA

EDMONTON -- Slave Lake RCMP have released model renderings and sketch composites of a man found dead last October.

Police found the human remains in a rural area near Slave Lake on Oct. 6, 2018, and the death is being investigated as homicide.

The man is believed to be older than 45 and appears to be a mix of white and Indigenous, RCMP said. He also had a stubble beard and was balding.


Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Slave Lake RCMP at 780-849-3045 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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General Discussion / Patrick Joseph Carson
« on: October 05, 2019, 11:30:51 AM »
Debbie, please delete if not acceptable without a link as I got this from a friend on sm in her own words but it's dealing with a nasty sexual predator around the Edmonton area who preys on the vulnerable. I know there is something on this site about him but cannot find it under his name. I'll try and find more. This is an old article.

In the House of Commons on April 1st, 2003

Patrick Joseph Anthony Carson, 46, is an untreated sex offender released from jail and is labelled a predator who engages in extensive planning to secure his victims. He was sentenced last year to 18 months for sexually exploiting three girls under the age of 18 outside of Edmonton. He had a previous five year sentence for picking up underage prostitutes and choking them. He will be out on the streets in six months and we do not where. We do not know what name he will use. We do not know anything about it.

This disgusting creep is still trying to lure young girls to his Ranch in Onoway, advertising free meals, room & board in exchange for work

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https://ca.news.yahoo.com/amber-alert-issued-after-5-children-abducted-211131968.html

The Niagara Regional Police have issued an Amber Alert after five children were abducted from the Niagara Region Tuesday afternoon. The alert was issued just before 5 p.m.

The children are named as Eska, 13, Evelyn, 5, Magnus, 14, Mattias 10, and Sovereign MacDermid, 11. The suspect is identified as Ian MacDermid, described as 6ft., 280lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. He’s driving a gold pickup which was last seen in Jordan, Ont. Police say they might be heading to Toronto.

If you have any information, police are asking the public to call 9-1-1.

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General Discussion / The food you eat ... know what is in it
« on: September 07, 2019, 01:08:12 PM »
ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY--NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK---CAREFULLY!
With all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.
Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.
It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin.
How to read Bar Codes .... interesting!
This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.
GREAT WAY TO "BUY USA & CANADA " AND NOT FROM CHINA!!

The whole world is concerned about China-made "black hearted goods".
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan .
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the
public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA", so they don't show from which country it is made.

However, you may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are:

690-692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
30 - 37 FRANCE
40 - 44 GERMANY
471 ... Taiwan
49 ... JAPAN
50 ... UK

BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number.
We need every boost we can get! Pass this on to everybody on your E-Mail Contact List!!

If the government won't help us, we MUST help ourselves.

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Edmonton / Human remains found 84 Street and 64 Avenue Edmonton Sept 6/19
« on: September 07, 2019, 04:08:16 AM »
https://globalnews.ca/news/5869210/south-edmonton-possible-human-remains-discovered/?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=630CHED&fbclid=IwAR02BIqoxyVqd6D_e0qSWUwaCken6VR9EeJHlzPIcjh7Au5ZjieByPhLBrQ

Homicide detectives have been called out to investigate what police believe to be human remains discovered in south Edmonton.

Police were called to the area of 84 Street and 64 Avenue at around 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Christopher Field said he was walking his dogs in the area when his Labrador Shepherd Cailey went into a nearby treed area.

The dog came out of the bush with a large bone, Field said.


“I think she was more or less in the middle of the bush, of the treed area. She was in there for quite a while, for a couple of minutes at least, and that’s when she brought it out,” Field explained.

He immediately called police. When officers arrived, they cordoned off the treed area with police tape, Field said.

“This is really close to home. We’ve walked by there every day for the last six years and nothing like this has ever happened. So for her to bring this out from the trees was a real shocker,” Field said.

“It’s kind of scary. Who knows what’s going to happen when you leave your door.”

Staff Sgt. Ashley Emerson with the Edmonton Police Service said police believe the remains are human.

The homicide section will likely remain on scene until Saturday morning, Emerson said.

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Debbie, for this missing person there is only a Facebook link. No one else is posting this lady as missing yet. Police have not yet interviewed last known people with Jaime before she went missing.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/84238210558/permalink/10158217644445559/

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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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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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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.”

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— With files from Postmedia Network

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