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Status: Missing

Name: Shanara Eden DENNY
Age: 20 Yr Old
Area of Disappearance: En Route from Toronto to Eskasoni, NS
Location Last Seen:Unknown
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 140 lbs
Hair Color:Shoulder length Black
Eye Color: Brown

Clothing Description:
Pants: Black
Footwear:Black Shoes
Sweater:Black with Stripes

Additional Information:[/i]
Eskasoni RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating 20-year-old Shanara Eden Denny.

On Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m., Denny called her family indicating that she was in Toronto planning to hitchhike back to Eskasoni. She has not been heard from since.

Denny is described as an Indigenous female, 5-foot-9, approximately 140 pounds, with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes. When she was last seen by family, she was wearing a black sweater with stripes, black pants and black shoes, carrying a black back pack and wearing dark sunglasses.

Police Contact Number:
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shanara Eden Denny is asked to call the nearest police department or the Eskasoni RCMP at 902-379-2822. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by secure online tips at


Located: 23-year-old woman

 June 8, 2017
 Moncton, New Brunswick

News release

The 23-year-old Moncton woman reported missing to RCMP on June 6, 2017 has been located.

The RCMP would like to thank the public for its assistance.

Status: Missing

Name: Amanda Allain-Leblanc
Age: 23 Yr Old
Area of Disappearance: Moncton NB
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 180lbs
Hair Color: Dark Brown Curly Hair

Clothing Description:
Pants: Dark in color
Sweater:Camo Colored Sweater

Additional Information:[/i]
Codiac Regional RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a 23-year-old woman from Moncton.

Amanda Allain-Leblanc was reported missing to police on the evening of June 6, 2017. Police are concerned for her well-being.

She is described as Caucasian, 5'2" tall with a slim build, weighs approximately 108 pounds and has dark brown curly hair. She was last seen wearing a camo-coloured sweater and dark pants.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Amanda Allain-Leblanc is asked to contact the Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400.

Police Contact Number:
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Amanda Allain-Leblanc is asked to contact the Codiac Regional RCMP at 506-857-2400.


Historical Article from the Daily Gleaner - Published August 15th 1998

ST. BASILE -- Stephanie Cyr's family has solicited the help of northern Maine and western New Brunswick media to bring the missing teenager back across the border.

The 18-year-old was reported missing to Edmundston City Police on June 5 and has since been spotted on several occasions by family members and friends in Caribou, Me.

That was as recently as two weeks ago, Sgt. Gilles Lee said.

Police, however, have not seen her and until the department is 100 per cent sure she is there, she is still classified as missing.

"We believe she is alive and well and that was a big concern initially," Lee said.

The St. Basile youth was last seen at a youth gathering, shortly before midnight on June 5. The police were notified when she failed to turn up for work the following morning.

Stephanie had at one time indicated she wanted to live in a big American city.

A recent appeal was made to Stephanie on Maine radio stations, informing her that her grandfather had died. She was urged to contact her family, either directly or through a neutral person.

Lee said his force has transferred its file on Stephanie to the border patrol. He admitted law enforcers have been slow to locate the runaway teen.

Stephanie Cyr stands six feet tall, weighs approximately 190 pounds and has long reddish brown hair and blue-green eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can contact the Edmundston City Police, Zone 3, at (506) 263-1313 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Historical News Article Published in the Telegraph Journal; Saint John -  March 16th 2004

he RCMP has evidence that a Minto man reported missing eight years ago was the victim of homicide, says a police spokesman.

Victor Kenneth Boucher, 35, was last seen at his home on Tracy Road on May 6, 1996.

The RCMP's investigation has uncovered evidence that Boucher was the victim of foul play, said Sgt. Gary Cameron on Monday.

"Right now, we have enough to believe this was a homicide investigation," he said.

He said the Boucher file went from a missing person case to a homicide case last week. He declined to say what sparked the shift in the investigation.

Cameron did not provide much in the way of detail, saying he couldn't at this time.

"The reasons why would cause serious damage to the integrity of the investigation," he said.

Cameron did confirm that investigators suspect a specific "person or persons" in the case.

Donna Boucher, Victor's mother, said Monday's announcement brings with it the hope that an end to her family's ordeal is in sight.

She said it's worse not knowing what might have happened to a loved one.

"If we knew, maybe we could deal with it. You can't deal with the unknown," she said during a telephone interview with The Daily Gleaner.

"It's been a long haul," she said.

Donna Boucher said Victor was a polite and kind man, as well as a great son, sibling and father.

"He was a nice person," she said.

Victor enjoyed carpentry and enjoyed getting outdoors on occasion.

"He liked to fish once in awhile," she said.

Victor is survived by his mother, his father Hector, one brother and two sisters.

He also left behind two children, a boy and a girl, Donna Boucher said.

The Boucher family learned of the development in the case Monday through the media, she said.

The main reason for Monday's announcement, Cameron said, was to renew the plea for information from the public to bring the eight-year investigation to a close.

At the time of his disappearance, the five-foot-six Boucher had blond, shoulder-length hair, blue eyes, a closely trimmed beard and he walked with a slight limp.

He was believed to have been wearing a black and white sweater with leather trim, light blue jeans with a flag design above the back pocket, light coloured socks and deck shoes.

Past rumours in the community have linked his disappearance to the illegal drug trade.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the RCMP major crimes unit at 452-3494 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Historical News Article Published in The Times - Transcript; Moncton on August 22nd 1998

Their animated smiles captured in snapshots on the night they married are a rare find in the stacks of old family photographs chronicling the stormy union of Jeanne and Ernest Sivret.

His heavy drinking and late-night rage often left her crouching down in fear. The children spent some nights in hiding, waiting for their mother to tell them it was clear, that their father had finally passed out.

Time after time, the children begged their mother to walk out on him to escape a homelife steeped in alcoholic fury. But every time she summoned the courage, his threats of violent revenge kept her from running.

The quiet, hard-working mother of four who always put her children first never got the chance to run. On May 11, 1986, Mother's Day, Jeanne Gloria Sivret, 43, died the way she lived -- in fear.

On that day, she and her cocker-spaniel named Misty, set out for a morning walk along a trail behind their rural home near Bathurst. The next day, friends and family found her beaten and bloodied body in a section of woods not far from home. Her dog, unscathed, was still at her side.

She was beaten so horribly that her family said it looked as if she had been attacked by wolves.

Some 12 years later, police have yet to bring her killer to justice. In this time, her adult children have lived by a code of silence instilled at a young age by their father, who insisted that what happened in the family, stayed in the family. His orders were usually accompanied by threats.

Today, some of her children and close relatives are finally breaking their silence about the hard life of Jeanne Sivret at the hands of a husband she feared.

Ernest Sivret now lives alone in a small bachelor apartment in Bathurst, where he spends most afternoons smoking strong cigarettes and watching daytime television.

"I'm the No. 1 suspect," he declares. He portrays himself as a victim of overzealous police who have knocked on his door too many times to count.

The long arm of the law has yet to reach him and may never will. He has not been charged with any crime and there is not enough evidence to win a conviction against anyone in the case, according to prosecutors.

So as the case goes cold, some of her children are finding it more and more painful knowing her killer is walking around free. They feel that if people are told the full story about their mother's life, and the terrifying years leading to her murder, that someone, somewhere may come forward with fresh evidence.

And until that happens, police say there is nothing they can do.

Their life together began after meeting by chance one day while Jeanne was babysitting. She was 16, quiet and reserved. He was 22 and carried the reputation of a bad boy who drank hard and settled things with his fists. Her parents always thought she deserved a better man and flatly refused to accept them together.

Her parents were so discontented with her love interest that they never let him inside their family home, forcing him to meet their daughter in the backyard.

One year later, Ernest landed work as a miner in northern Ontario and it was not too long before he sent for his teenaged lover. She told her parents that she was going only for a week's holiday but ended up marrying him and living there for more than two years.

They returned home years later after Ernest got hired as a miner in Bathurst, where the couple went on to raise three daughters and one son. She worked hard inside and outside of the home, taking a cashier's job at a local department store.

She never missed a day's work. And she kept her home troubles secret.

It was a life that few could endure yet, somehow, Jeanne Sivret kept on, perhaps driven by her deep affection for her children. Some of her children, now adults, said their father routinely threatened to take his anger out on the children if she refused to obey him.

They also said he warned that if she left him, he would track her down.

Some nights were worse than others, depending on how much he drank. To see him smashing dishes and pushing her around seemed to be a weekend event in their family home.

He had a fast temper from the moment he arrived home from work until he passed out for the night. He mouthed off at her and the children all night and sometimes got so worked up he ended up throwing one of them around.

"He used to say that he owned each of us until we were 18 and that he could do anything he wanted to us -- anything," said daughter Melinda Roy, 30.

One winter night she'll never forget was the time her father grabbed her by the throat and threw her up against a wall as a warning to keep their family life secret.

Her mother pulled him off and she ran outside in sock-feet, waiting for her father to pass out. "My mother used to say He's asleep now, it's safe to come home.'"

"I spent most of my childhood hiding under the bed or in the closet."

Another time, she remembers her father beating her as she lay on the floor.

"He wouldn't have stopped if my brother hadn't pulled him off."

And no matter what he did the night before, he could never remember it come morning.

Since her mother was murdered, she has seen her father only a few times, the last time on New Year's Eve 1992. She says she rang in the new year that night by locking herself in the bathroom after he came running at her with a steak knife.

"He was acting more like a jealous boyfriend than a father," she said, her eyes blank.

That night, he was charged with uttering death threats and assault, according to his criminal record. Two years later in Bathurst, he was again charged and convicted of assault.

On Sunday, May 11, 1986, Jeanne Sivret, wearing a white blouse and blue trousers, set out for a morning walk with her dog. At 11 a.m., she left through the back door, walked across the yard, past the small shed, and finally made it to the railroad tracks. She walked those tracks a hundred times over, always turning back for home once she reached an old railway bridge some two-and-a- half miles away.

On her way back, a man who police think is a relative, attacked her. In the struggle, her glasses fell on the tracks. She managed to break free from his grip and started running for the woods.

Her attacker caught up to her, threw her down to the ground, picked up a long piece of wood, likely a branch from a dead tree, and began swinging it at her head. He hit her so many times that the piece of wood broke in two.

He then grabbed her by the shoulder, dragged her a short distance and rolled her down a slight embankment, leaving her for dead at the foot of a spruce tree.

Her bra and blouse had been pulled upwards, partially exposing her chest. There was no evidence indicating that she had been raped.

Day turned to night, and she still hadn't returned. Her purse was still on her old Singer sewing stool and her light blue, two-door Chevette hatchback parked in the drive. More, Jeanne Sivret was not the kind of person to simply take off without telling anyone. It was Mother's Day and her son was thinking of coming up for a visit and the neighbors had invited them over for supper that night.

By morning, there was still no sign of her. Her husband left for work that morning as if it were any other day, rolling out of the drive in his beige, navy-trimmed Ford Ranger.

Twenty-three hours had passed since she went for that walk and still no one, not even her husband, had called the police.

She was reported missing on May 12, 1986, at 11 a.m., the 24th hour.

Her children grew worried after learning that she wasn't around and didn't make it to work that day. The news ricocheted through the family, with calls to almost every relative, most of them showing up to help search.

The night before, Melinda Roy woke up in a cold sweat. She was screaming for her mother. She passed it off as a bad nightmare and went back to sleep.

A day later, she was huddled with her sisters at the old family home in Rough Waters. It was getting dark and she was getting tired of waiting for the phone to ring.

Around 8:30 p.m., the sight of a grim-faced brother-in-law walking up the drive drained all hope that her mother would return alive and well.

That week, at her funeral, emotions ran high, eventually dividing the family.

The police mounted an intense investigation, questioning several people, including her husband.

The investigation dragged on for years and, every now and then, people came forward with new information that kept them pointing fingers at one suspect. The police filed a brief in 1996 but prosecutors never laid charges against the suspect because they didn't think they could win a conviction.

"They won't leave me alone," says a rumpled Ernest Sivret, 61.

Hours away in Woodstock, his estranged daughter is still pressing authorities for justice. She has promised herself to never stop fighting for answers -- no matter if the police investigation, in her mind, is moving sluggishly.

"I don't think the police are doing enough. They are not going out of their way at all," she charged.

She is not alone. Several family members have been writing authorities about the case for years. They are always told the same thing -- that there is not enough evidence to win a conviction against the probable author of Jeanne Sivret's slaying.

Their contempt for authorities and the murder of one of their own has left the Sivret family in tatters -- the family has virtually fallen apart with sisters turning against sisters. One family member changed his name to escape life as a Sivret.

The murder and the family fallout that followed left Melinda Roy, only 18 at the time of the killing, seemingly alone. "I felt more or less that I grew up alone."

One of her worst fears is that her mother, and her murder, will be forgotten -- just another old, cold case collecting dust in a yellowing police file. "I don't want it to be put on the back burner."

The truth is that the police investigation is at a virtual standstill and shall remain so until fresh evidence is uncovered or someone comes forward with new information. They, like Melinda Roy, are hoping that they can, one day, crack the case once and for all.

In life, Jeanne Sivret deserved better. A compassionate mother who kept her problems to herself, she endured too many years of torment from the man she married.

In death, she is, and will always be, remembered by a family divided. Her children, like their mother before them, have, until now, kept their pain and their stories of family strife a private affair. Slowly, they are learning to speak out with the hopes that something will lead to a break in the case -- or, at the very least, that recounting the life of their mother, however troubled, may help heal their wounds.


Historical News Article - The Times - transcript; Moncton Published January 22nd 2000

Like many summer days in Moncton, Wednesday, July 2, 1975 was notable for its weather -- it was hot, with temperatures hovering above the 27 C (80.6 F) mark, and the lack of a breeze made it humid enough to seem much warmer.

Dusk arrived that night at precisely 9:13 p.m., according to the records. By 9:43 p.m. it was dark.

In a quiet, residential neighborhood not far from the city centre, a young girl was doing what many young girls do on such evenings, riding her bike up and down the street, enjoying the fact that she was up so late. Her parents had gone out for the evening. She had been left in the care of her older siblings, and even though nighttime was approaching, she was still free to play.

And then, sometime between dusk and dark, Michelle Lise Wedge, aged 7 , disappeared.

It has been 25 years since that fateful night, but little Michelle has never been seen since. No trace of her has ever been found. Her disappearance still ranks as one of the oldest, unsolved cases in the city's history.

The story of the little Wedge girl began that evening when her parents, Rachel and Clarence, left to go out at about 6 p.m. Michelle had five siblings -- three sisters, Simone, Denise and Monique, and two brothers, David and Pierre.

Monique was working at a local store that evening, so brother Pierre, in his late teens, was tasked with baby-sitting his younger sister. There is no mention in police reports of the whereabouts of her other brother, David. Pierre, however, had a couple of friends over for a while at the Wedge residence at 185 Dominion St. It wasn't until Monique arrived home from work sometime after 9 p.m. that anyone realized Michelle was not still playing in the yard.

A frantic search of the neighborhood and a nearby park that Michelle had frequented on other occasions turned up nothing. Calls to the residences of her friends were equally as futile. But those efforts had taken time to pursue. It wasn't until 11:30 p.m. that her parents were called, urging them to come home immediately, that Michelle could not be found.

The call to police to report her as a missing person went through at 11:59 p.m. Det. Jack D. Colburne of the Moncton Police Force took that call and filed the first report. In the 25 years that have since passed, that report has been joined by dozens of others. The file, still active and now once again being worked on by police, fills boxes.

Colburne's report described Michelle as being four feet tall, of fair complexion with brown eyes, dirty blonde shoulder-length hair, and good teeth. She was born on Dec. 1, 1967. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing shorts, stockings and size three sandals, all navy blue in color. She wore a red and white checkered T-shirt.

As soon as the call came in, search parties were organized. The disappearance of a child from a quiet, residential street caught the city's attention and sympathy. More than 250 civilians and 80 police officers, many of them volunteering during their free time, swept the neighborhood in a massive search. Her father's co-workers from the nearby CN Shops were among those who assisted through the night.

Reports the youngster may have locked herself in an abandoned refrigerator in the area were checked, re-checked, and finally ruled out. At one point a rumour spread that she had been discovered in a car in the rear of McKay's Dairy on Elmwood Drive, but that, too, was nothing more than fiction.

But from the beginning, the case seemed to go awry despite the best efforts and intentions of the police. There were no suspects and few leads.

Initial interviews with friends and neighbors determined that Michelle had last been seen at around 9:10 p.m. -- about 40 minutes after her brother recalled having heard her exiting the house to play outside. Someone had seen her riding her Mustang-style bicycle north on Dominion Street, near the intersection with John Street, just a few houses away from her home. Another individual reported seeing the same thing at about the same time. Still another seemed to recall seeing a young girl getting into a car at that corner that night.

"The dogmaster was called out, a general search was conducted in the area of her home," Colburne wrote in his report that night. "Her bicycle was found by her brother, Pierre, on the boulevard at the southwest corner of Dominion Street at John Street."

Little else had been seen by anyone, it seemed. At least, that's the way it looked until the next day, when at about 3:15 p.m. a 20-year-old girl arrived at the police station and claimed that not only had a man twice tried to pick her up while she was walking on city streets, but that she had seen the same man talking with and giving candy to Michelle on Dominion Street the night before.

By then Michelle had been missing for about 18 hours, and police felt the tip could be the break they needed. The girl gave police a description of the car: dark green in color, possibly a small Datsun or Cortina. The girl's 14-year-old sister, who had apparently been with the older witness, corroborated her story. A composite sketch was created by a police artist and distributed to other police forces and to the media.

The hunt began for a man described as in his mid- to late-20s, dark complexion, thick black hair and eyebrows, wearing a thin mustache and a beard, a two-inch scar on his right cheek, and who talked with a high-pitched voice and walked with a slight limp.

The report of the unidentified man in the dark green car prompted two things. For one thing, the search was extended on July 4 to include not just the rest of the city, but the surrounding countryside. All roads leading out of the city were searched, as were the grounds on either side of the roads to a range of 100 yards, extending several miles out. Helicopters and aircraft were brought in; gravel pits, dumpsites, the CN yards and other areas were combed. In all, some 600 square miles of territory were covered.

The search resulted in the discovery of more than two dozen articles of clothing including socks, T-shirts, underwear and shorts. None of them matched Michelle's. No trace was found.

Rewards were also offered. The Moncton Shops Local Confederation and Craft Unions and Supervisors' Association offered a $600 reward for information leading to the finding, arrest, and conviction of the abductor. The Canadian National War Veterans offered $200 for information regarding the girl or her abductor. The employees of the CN Shops, where Michelle's father worked as a boilermaker, offered $127 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any persons involved in the abduction. And a local man who wished to remain anonymous offered $50 for information leading to the finding of the girl.

There was, meanwhile, a second apparent eyewitness report. A couple walking on Mountain Road said they recalled seeing someone matching Michelle's description on the night she disappeared. They had first seen her on a park bench at the corner of Cameron Street and Mountain Road.

In his report filed at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 1975, Const. E. A. Allain also wrote this: "As they were walking west on Mountain Road, they saw this little girl again in a small green car heading west on Mountain Road."

It appeared that pieces were falling into place. And over the next couple of weeks, as many as a dozen men matching the description given by the two sisters were questioned by police. Lie detector tests were given, alibis checked.

No one was arrested. No charges were laid. The trail appeared to be growing cold, but police held onto that description, hoping someone would come forward who had seen the man, or the dark green car. At one point a teenage suspect was interrogated twice, and subjected to polygraph tests on both occasions. He, too, was eventually cleared. The small, green car he owned was examined and found clean.

And then the bottom fell out of the efforts. Information obtained by police led them to realize the reports of the two girls were false. Police suddenly realized they had been seeking a phantom suspect. It had been a month since Michelle had gone missing.

There is no indication why the two would have misled police. They did not live close to Michelle's home, and there appears to be no explanation of why they would have been in the Dominion Street area that night -- or why they would say they were if in fact they were not.

What was clear is that the case was beginning to stall. Anyone considered a suspect by that point -- friends, relatives, neighbors, men matching the description now known to be false, and dozens of people known to police who were in the city and who were known to have been involved in crimes such as sexual assaults in the past -- had been questioned and released.

In the months, and then years that followed, police came no closer to solving the case. Every so often information would come in that suggested this or that person might have some knowledge of what happened to little Michelle.

In 1982 a rumour swept the city that a high-ranking and well-known Moncton man had confessed on his death bed to having struck Michelle with his car that night and disposed of the body to protect himself. There were reports he included the information in his will. To protect his honour, that man's name is not used here. Police thoroughly investigated the rumour, tracing it to its source. There was no truth to it.

In 1987, police hoped a break would come after Child Find New Brunswick assisted in the release of "age composite drawings" of Michelle. With the assistance of the Toronto Metro Police Force, computer-generated examples of what Michelle might have looked like at the ages of 12 and 18 were produced and printed in various newspapers. That effort failed to crack the case, as did another effort in which investigators questioned a psychic in Quebec after police there reported the woman claimed to have seen the child.

Michelle's father has since died; her mother is still living, hoping for closure.

Const. Gary Clements is in charge of what the Codiac RCMP call their "cold files" -- cases that remain active but unsolved. Clements has reviewed the entire Wedge file, among others.

"We're still working on this case," he said in a recent interview. "There are still avenues in this investigation that are still being proceeded with."

Residents with knowledge of this or any other crime can provide information to the Codiac Regional RCMP by calling 857-2490, or calling Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-222-8477.


Conducting research produced this news article published in the The Times - Transcript; Moncton January 29th 2000

Gagnon case left police baffled It's been 30 years since polite Dieppe teenager was strangled

By all accounts, 16-year-old Claire Gagnon was a polite, quiet, average teenager.

A good student and a good child, she was the daughter of Emilien and Mathilde Gagnon, who lived in Dieppe with Claire and their other six children at 255 Gould St.

Like many area residents in 1970, Emilien worked for Canadian National Railways, one of the largest employers in the region. He was a carman, and by that year he had been employed with CNR for 27 years.

And it was Emilien who made the call on the night of Sunday, May 24, 1970 to report to police that Claire was missing.

It was a call that would begin a massive investigation by police. Because the next day, Claire's body would be found laying in a growth of brush and trees in a field just a few houses -- some 500 feet -- away from her own. Around her were trees and ragged grass; a chicken wire fence badly in need of mending.

There was no doubt she had been murdered, strangled. She was found laying on her back, her face covered with a cloth. Neither her arms nor her legs were bound.

Her left shoe was off her foot; it lay nearby. Also found nearby was an electrical cord.

Claire was 5-foot, two inches tall, weighed 95 pounds, had a slim build and good teeth. She was wearing grey slacks with a white stripe, a brown suede jacket and white sneakers -- clothing suitable for a late May day with seasonal temperatures and north-northwest winds gusting to 48 km/h (30 mph).

Yet despite the investigation that followed, despite a coroner's inquest two years later, despite every effort by authorities, Claire Gagnon's killer has never been found in the 30 years that have elapsed since that fateful day.

Perhaps most baffling is the apparent lack of motive. For Claire Gagnon had not been sexually molested. Her body was fully clothed when discovered.

So why would someone strangle a 16-year-old girl? And why Claire, who as everyone would later attest was the kind of girl who did not have an enemy in the world.

After 30 years, the answers to those questions remain unknown. But what is known is that the last confirmed sighting of Claire came at about 2 p.m. that Sunday. She had been to visit a friend of hers, 16-year-old Helen Leger. She had dropped off a school book at Helen's house, located not far from her own, at 225 Gould St. Helen and Claire were classmates in Grade 7 at nearby St. Theresa School.

It was at about 2 p.m. that Helen asked Claire if she wanted to come for a drive with herself and her boyfriend, Paul Belliveau. Claire declined the offer and the two said their good-byes before Claire left Helen's house.

Although there were reports of people having seen her shortly after, confusion still surrounds those reports and it is quite possible that aside from her killer, Helen was the last person to see her alive.

It was at about 10 p.m. that Const. Raymond Gallant of the Dieppe Police Force received the call from Claire's father, Emilien. He would write in his report that Emilien related how his daughter had failed to make it home for supper, and by 10:30 p.m. the family had exhausted every possible avenue in tracking her down. They had telephoned her friends, asked around the neighborhood, but could find no trace of her.

Emilien also told Gallant that it was unlike his daughter to fail to show up for supper. It was a house rule that everyone be there unless they had previously obtained permission to be absent. Claire had never been late before.

"It was the first time she ever did not show up for supper," her father would relate later at the inquest.

A missing person's report was filed, but it is unclear even to this day whether an exhaustive ground search of the area was undertaken at that time. There would be no need for such a search by the next evening, because at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 25, 1970 a neighbour's boy -- eight-year-old Jackie Thibodeau, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Thibodeau of 224 Gould St. -- discovered her body.

"I found some birds' eggs in a tree and went looking for others," he told police. "Then I saw her.

"She was lying on her back," he said. "I lifted the cloth off her face and saw that it was Claire."

Claire had babysat Jackie and his siblings on numerous occasions. He immediately ran to tell what he had found.

It had been 30 hours since Claire had last been seen.

Police began questioning anyone and everyone who might have seen Claire, in hopes of determining her movements and how she came to end up as she did. There were no eyewitnesses to any suspicious activities. There was little to indicate whether Claire had headed straight home from Helen's or not because those who were at Helen's house when she left did not even see which way she walked when she departed.

In the meantime, an autopsy was performed at 11:45 a.m. on May 26 at The Moncton Hospital morgue. The report filed by pathologist A. Bastarache indicated the cause of death, later confirmed by the findings of a coroner's inquest, was strangulation and/or asphyxiation. There were large bruises on her neck.

She had been dead for more than 24 hours when she was discovered, indicating she had died within the five or six hours after she was last seen by Helen.

The investigation continued and police announced they had detained four suspects for questioning in the case -- but all four, between the ages of 16 and 20, were released. Dieppe Police Chief Bliss Noiles said samples of Claire's blood and clothing, and other evidence seized at the scene, had been sent for analysis at the Sackville Crime laboratory. Even that effort, however, failed to pay off with any concrete leads.

Later that same week funeral mass was celebrated for Claire Gagnon at St. Theresa's Church, attracting 1,200 mourners. Rev. Yvon Barrieau conducted the mass, telling those assembled that Claire had set an example for young and old alike "for life is not what we see or make it but in serving others."

She was interred in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery.

That was Thursday, May 28. There were still no leads; no trace of how, or by whose hands, Claire Gagnon had met her death.

Although scaled down and mired in failure, the investigation never ended. In fact, a spark of hope was ignited six months later, in January 1971. It came in the form of reports that the investigation had uncovered sightings of Claire on the day she died. But the reports led to more questions rather than answers.

Residents -- including Claire's hockey coach, Arnold Cormier and her next-door neighbor, Dismas Brun -- reported they believed they had seen Claire in the company of another girl at the corner of Notre Dame and Champlain streets, not far from where she lived. That fuelled speculation she may have been headed for Lakeburn to see her boyfriend.

A third person, 13-year-old Claudette Richard, said she drove by the pair of girls on Champlain Street around the same time and that Claire had smiled at her.

Police made a massive effort to find the girl who might have been with Claire that day. They released a sketch matching the descriptions given by eyewitnesses.

Three people called police to say they knew of a girl matching the description. But in each case, the lead proved to be false. The question of who the girl might be remained unanswered -- and does to this day. Eventually police began to suspect the girl either did not exist or that if there was such a girl seen walking along Champlain Street, she was in the company of someone other than Claire Gagnon.

The investigation also revealed that Claire had never been in Lakeburn that day. If she had been headed there, she never made it.

Public attention on the Gagnon case faded. But it was to be revived yet again in June 1972, a full two years after Claire's death, when a coroner's inquest heard testimony from 13 witnesses -- pathologists, family members, neighbors and friends. It was seen as a last-ditch effort to determine what had happened, and possibly bring fresh leads.

The inquest, presided over by James R. Wolfe, lasted two days. It came, however, to few conclusions. At its end the five-member jury ruled that Claire had died by "strangulation, asphyxiation, or a combination of both." The members signed a declaration that "We feel strongly that foul play is involved. Note: cloth and rope."

The declaration further stated that "We feel that more evidence could and should be sought relating to Claire Gagnon's death."

Although police continued to work at the case, it faded again from public view for years. Little was heard of the case in the ensuing decades, in fact.

Until October 4, 1993.

It was on that date that police arrested and charged Roger Romeo Melanson, 56, of Melanson Settlement Road, with the murder of Claire Gagnon.

Melanson wasn't unknown to police. Twenty years earlier, on Oct. 10, 1974 he was charged with the murder of 54-year-old William John Moulaison of Melanson Settlement, who had been shot to death just days before. Melanson was ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment and was later found not guilty of manslaughter by reason of insanity. He was interred as a patient at a psychiatric facility.

In 1990 he was ruled to be "cured" and released.

When he was charged with Claire's murder in October 1993, it was quickly learned that Melanson, a patient at a Campbellton psychiatric facility, had confessed to the murder and residents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief that the case had finally been closed. But it was not to last. It soon became apparent that evidence uncovered after Melanson's apparent confession showed he could not have been the murderer. He was, in fact, locked up at the time the murder had occurred -- an involuntary patient at Centracare in Saint John.

Records obtained by Melanson's lawyer showed he had been given medication at 7 a.m. and again at 8 p.m. on May 24, 1970 -- the day of Claire's death -- as well as the day before and the day after.

The charges against Melanson were allowed to expire.

This coming May will mark 30 years since the murder in Dieppe. Claire's father has reportedly died, although her mother is said to still be living and it is believed there are still family members in this area.

As for the killer, there is little more known now than the day the murder occurred. Police say, however, that a fresh review of this case -- and several others -- will apply advanced technology that was not available at the time. The mystery of Claire's death may yet be solved, says Const. Gary Clements of the Codiac Regional RCMP, the man assigned to oversee a review of the area's "cold cases."

"All these files are open until we come to a resolution," he says.

Residents with knowledge of this or any other crime can provide information to the Codiac Regional RCMP by calling 857-2490, or calling Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-222-8477.


Historical Article from July 16th 2004 from the Times - Transcript; Moncton
Dora Ferguson had her long hair cut short for a photograph she wanted taken.

She had a steady job waitressing and was looking after her five-year-old son after a break-up with her husband.

On the night of Aug. 21, 1979, she and a female friend had been out to a licenced establishment for the evening and then Dora Ferguson headed for home walking along the Trans-Canada Highway at Island View near Fredericton in the early hours of Aug. 22.

The 22-year-old was seen by others walking alone. Then she vanished close to home.

Searches of the area were conducted after her disappearance without finding a single clue to her fate.

The case went stone cold until April 1996 when a local college student walking his dog along the Valley Trail just outside Fredericton noticed a garbage bag under a scorched tire and investigated.

Inside were the skeletal remains of Dora Ferguson.

The identify was confirmed by the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto after examination of the teeth.

The case was ruled a homicide because of circumstances, but police never said if they had a cause of death or other clues as to what might have happened.

Investigators with the Fredericton City Police and RCMP Major Crime Unit declined comment on their findings in the event the killer was found. They didn't want others coming forward with information that only the killer should have.

The investigation immediately reopened, beginning with intense searches of the area where the bones were found.

Ferguson's employer mentioned her telling him she planned to cut her hair for a photograph before her disappearance. The next time he saw her was in a photograph with her hair cut short. City police were using the photograph as part of their missing person investigation, said media reports.

"She was last seen walking on the Trans-Canada Highway and nobody ever saw her again," Fredericton Police Sgt. Eric Carr told local media. "We didn't know if she had gotten into a car or walked into the river.

"We checked the islands and the shoreline on both sides of the river for a couple of days but never found her," he said in 1996. "Police also went door-to- door asking if anyone had seen her. The bones were found in close proximity to where we were looking," Sgt. Carr said.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jim McAnany promised to "leave no stone unturned" in the search for clues but also admitted at the time that the task ahead was a difficult one. "These cases are difficult at the best of times. We are behind here by 17 years." That was eight years ago.

Anyone who has information that could assist police is asked to contact RCMP Major Crime Unit at 1-506-452-3491 or e-mailing RCMP at, or else contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


I am doing some research digging and will be posting historical news articles relating to some of the cases on here to add in details. The below article from the Daily Gleaner was published April 20th 1999

Police are continuing to piece together the homicidal jigsaw puzzle involving Dora Ferguson.

It's been three years since Ferguson's bones were discovered in a garbage bag under a partly burned tire along the Valley Trail at Island View. Dental records were used to identify her remains.

While the tips have dried up, investigators are in possession of some good evidence, said Staff Sgt. Jacques Ouellette, the officer in charge of the Major Crimes Unit at J Division in Fredericton.

"Hopefully with that information, something might come up" that will lead to the case being concluded, Ouellette said. "The consideration is that when you do these types of investigations, we only have one shot at the cat, which means we have to have all our 'i's' dotted and 't's' crossed.

"Because of that one shot, we have to make sure it is the right one."

Ferguson was last seen alive on Aug. 22, 1979, walking along the Trans-Canada Highway. She was 22 years old at the time and the mother of a five-year-old child.

Ouellette, while declining to be pinned down, said there are "some people" investigators are looking at more than others.

"There's still things to look at and there's still people to eliminate. What is difficult with this file was that we went on two occasions out west and we did quite a few interviews in Alberta (Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary).

"A lot of people have left the province here and it is difficult to get hold of them on occasion."

Wednesday will mark three years since Ferguson's remains were found.


This is an older article from 2004 but adding in as it has details which I did not see in alternate posts on the thread:

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A Dorchester girl, she had been a member of the Girl Guides, a beauty pageant contestant and pageant organizer, and a model student.

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Jessica Estabrooks of Moncton was, by all accounts, a nice person, a homebody and a country girl who had some apprehensions about living in the big city.

A Dorchester girl, she had been a member of the Girl Guides, a beauty pageant contestant and pageant organizer, and a model student.

Now working in the big city, she was looking forward to marrying her high school sweetheart and fianc e Shane Linthorne in the summer of 1997. He proposed in December, 1995.

On the night of Aug. 23, 1996, the 20-year-old girl with wavy shoulder-length brown hair and blue eyes walked out of her Waverley Avenue apartment and disappeared into the night.

Two months later, a human skull and lower jaw bone were discovered on the banks of the Petitcodiac River near Beaumont several kilometres south of Moncton - and eventually identified as the skull of missing Jessica Estabrooks.

The partial remains were sent to forensic investigators for examination. Two weeks later RCMP concluded that Jessica Estabrooks had, indeed, been murdered.

An extensive search of the shoreline along the Petitcodiac was conducted but no other evidence or clues were found.

Throughout the investigation of her disappearance, there was no hiding the underlying thought that she had run into foul play. The lack of clues continued to plague investigators and frustrate her family and fianc e who desperately wanted to know what had happened.

Evidence at the apartment on Aug. 23, 1996, indicated she had arrived home early in the evening after her shift at a Burger King restaurant. She had talked with her fianc e who worked at Domino's Pizza. There was her work uniform, a partially eaten snack and a movie in the VCR that she had started to watch. Gone were her purse, white sneakers, blue jeans and possibly a white tank top. Her jacket was still in the apartment.

Police canvassed the area and appealed to anyone who might have seen Jessica walking after 8 p.m.

RCMP Major Crime investigators and Moncton Police Force officers pooled their resources in an attempt to find the killer.

The next big break came in September of 1997 when police announced they had a prime suspect in the murder.

The Crown prosecution sent the police file and other information in November to the director of prosecution in Fredericton for a decision on whether there was enough evidence to prosecute. No charge was ever laid and there are still no new reported developments seven years later.

Police are still hopeful that some new clue or evidence will eventually turn up to solve this cold case file.

Hey Concerned,

Just noted this while reviewing old posts on here, Dunbar road is much closer to Fredericton that Moncton :)
Just in the event anyone sees this post and it triggers a thought.

I read this case today, and wondered how many women's remains have been found in garbage bags and the garbage bag found along the highway. I hope this type of evidence can be put into a database to see how many others of like can be found. For instance in 2006 in Moncton a human skull was also found in a white plastic bag in a wooded area alongside Dunbar Road. (see story below) Maybe a break in one case can lead to the perp of another. Just a thought.

Found Human Skull - File 2006-1396744

On November 25, 2006, what appeared to be a human skull was found in a wooded area alongside Dunbar Road (near Route 8), Durham Bridge, N.B. The skull was located inside a white plastic bag. It was believed that the skull had been in this location for approximately four to five years. A forensic examination of the skull revealed that the skull belonged to a male who was between 20 and 55-years-old at the time of death nut most likely between 20 and 34-years-old.

Should you have any information pertaining to this matter, please contact the RCMP Major Crime Unit (South) at 506-452-3491 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).


Status: Missing

Name: Craig Joseph PERRY
Age: 23 Yr Old
Area of Disappearance: Lindwood/Monastary, NS
Location Last Seen: Community of Lindwood - Vehicle located at Barrios Beach on East Tracadie Road
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 165 lbs
Hair Color: Short Black Hair with Long Black Beard


Clothing Description:
Pants: Blue Jeans
Jacket: Black Winter Jacket with Leather Sleeves
Sweater: Black Hoodie with Pink writing

Vehicle Description: Vehicle Located by Police

Additional Information:[/i]
Antigonish District RCMP have resumed their search for 23-year-old Craig Joseph Perry today.

Favourable weather and ice flow conditions have allowed for the search to resume after it was suspended on February 20. The search is assisted by Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue, Larry's River and District Volunteer Fire Department, Pomquet Fire and Emergency Services Department and a helicopter from Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.

RCMP received a complaint of an abandoned vehicle on East Tracadie Rd. at Barrios Beach on February 18. The owner, Perry, who is from Afton, was last seen on this date when he left a residence in his vehicle in the community of Linwood.

Perry is described as a white man with short black hair and a long black beard. He is 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds and was wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie with pink writing on it and a black winter jacket with leather sleeves.

Police Contact Number:
Antigonish District RCMP is asking anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Craig Joseph Perry to contact them at 902 863-6500. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by secure online tips at


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