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The entire array of circumstance smells, stinks really. Going back a considerable piece of time you can follow that trail of something... In the end you have the classic, such a nice guy, no one who knows him can believe he would be involved... And that's where it ends, in silence just as it was when he left his family years earlier.. Whatever it is, neither the public nor family are privy to what hides.

These situations when they arise are unsettling and cause people to re-evaluate what they believe. Its a struggle to reconcile without touching into the conspiracy side of things.. Its too bad that pictures and some scanned info is disappearing from this site too.. It takes a very big shovel to get to the bottom of something like this.. Given all the indications I side with JB in my suspicions.
That a funeral director would tell a grieving family they would be arrested if they tried to attend seems extreme! 
That the paper would report negatively that ?no other family? showed up at his service  makes no sense.
There are definitely a lot of things that don?t make sense.  Something or someone he may have been involved in before moving to Sudbury could be the reason the house burned down in 2011.   I think someone had a grudge against him and when she paid the price, he couldn?t live with that.  I really don?t think he was responsible.
 Crime of opportunity.Someone knows something...2:30 am at the corner store. A Predator(s) was roaming...Somebody has the ability to shine light on this and bring Donna's family justice.

I wonder if evidence still exists that could have the perps dna ? 
The man Mary was travelling with....Le should locate him and question him again. All these years and obviously someone has gotten away with murder...Her body could be anywhere between the new york border to las vegas.  I would not rely on the statement that she was dropped off in Vegas . If her body was ever located during the years it would be difficult to do a match up with so many unidentified bodies in the U.S.  She had no real identifying characteristics that stood out.... That Man that picked her up at the beginning of the trip is the only lead.. Also if the family can provide DNA...and if all unidentified remains in the U.S. have had Dna extracted and put in a data base to compare it with.

The United States unidentified deceased humans is a large volume...Totally takes one aback .Very disturbing ..

Name: Mary Frances Gregory
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: February 15, 1978
Location Last Seen: Parry Sound, Ontario, British Columbia, Canada
Physical Description
Date of Birth: May 27, 1958
Age: 19 years old
Race: White
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 111 lbs.
Hair Color: Dark blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She has a medium build and a fair complexion. She has a mole on her waist. She is near-sighted and wore contacts at the time of her disappearance.
Dentals: Partial dental records of 10 teeth are available. She previously had an overbite which was corrected by braces. Her teeth were in good condition at the time of her disappearance.
Fingerprints: Unknown
DNA: Available at UNT.
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Circumstances of Disappearance
Mary Frances Gregory was last seen leaving her home in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 15, 1978. She was headed to Palo Alto, California for a vacation at the time.
It is believed that Mary departed Ontario by car with a male acquaintance. The man claimed that he drove through Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada during the trip. He informed authorities that he dropped Mary off at a bus station in Las Vegas, Nevada, approximately ten days after leaving Ontario (February 28, 1978).
Mary never arrived in California and has not been heard from since. She was carrying luggage at the time of her disappearance. The bags have never been recovered. Foul play is suspected.
Investigating Agency(s)
Agency Name: Ontario Provincial Police - West Parry Sound Detachment
Agency Contact Person: Unknown
Agency Phone Number: 705-746-4225
Agency E-Mail: Unknown
Agency Case Number: 12119202605
NCIC Case Number: M627525467
NamUs Case Number: Not listed
Information Source(s)
Ontario Provincial Police
Admin Notes
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 4/18/2017


Missing Persons
$50,000 REWARD

The Government of the Province of Ontario is offering a total reward of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of Kelly COLEMAN.

Nichelle ?Kelly? COLEMAN, 37 years of age, from Nottawa, Ontario, a small community south of Collingwood, was last seen in early August 2011. Kelly is described as 5?4?, 130 lbs., brown hair, green eyes and poor teeth. OPP investigators believe COLEMAN disappeared from her residence in Nottawa and may have unknown associates in the Barrie and Clearview Township areas.

Investigators urge any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of Kelly COLEMAN to immediately contact the Director of Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Services at 1-888-310-1122 or 705 329-6111, or their nearest police authority. Further information about this case is available on the OPP website at:

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

This reward will be apportioned as deemed just by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the Province of Ontario and the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.

GHQ Special Circular: 16-01
CIB File # 955-10-2012-037
Date: January 8, 2016

A family's 'mixed emotions' as tip prompts new search for Quebec teens
Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander disappeared in 2008, new search began Monday, ended Wednesday
CBC Posted: Jul 19, 2017

New information received by police in the 2008 disappearance of two Indigenous teens has led homicide investigators to conduct a search at the Kitigan Zibi reserve in Quebec, leaving her family with "mixed emotions."

Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander disappeared after planning to go out dancing one September night in 2008. They were 16 and 17 at the time, respectively.

The girls were supposed to spend the night at Alexander's house in Maniwaki, Que., which is north of Gatineau and close to Kitigan Zibi.

Their belongings were found the next day at the home, but Alexander and Odjick weren't there ? and haven't been seen since.

Odjick's mother, Laurie Odjick, said police called a few weeks ago to let her know they received a tip about where the girls' bodies might be found.

"You think about the things that could have happened to her, because if she was buried there, if she was there, the horror that she might have went through," Odjick told CBC Wednesday.

"That was my thought. You don't want your child going, or suffering through any sort of pain."

But Laurie Odjick's wait wasn't over.

Recent flooding had made the water levels in the area too high, so police told her nothing could be done until it receded.

Until that finally happened this week, the family's "nightmare" continued, said Odjick, with everyone trying to keep busy knowing that closure could be soon at hand.

"You can't get excited or sad," said Earl McGregor, Odjick's step-grandfather. "You don't pay too much attention right away."

S?ret? du Qu?bec (SQ) homicide investigators have been in the area since Monday, searching Pitobig Creek near Paganakomin Road in Kitigan Zibi. They returned to the area Wednesday to search the ground around the creek for evidence, using a small excavator.

They're also interviewing about 20 people, according to SQ spokesperson Martine Asselin.

Not knowing hardest part

The nearly nine years since her daughter's disappearance has been "hell," Odjick said.

"It's like a parent's worst nightmare, not knowing. Not knowing is the thing that hits me the hardest."

Now, facing a potentially grim reality, Odjick's emotions are mixed.

 "You have this in your heart where you don't want them to find anything, but then as a family you want closure," she said, with tears beginning to fill her eyes.

"To actually pinpoint on how you feel. I can't, I can't describe that."

McGregor said he feels much the same, adding the eventual "emotional relief" will lift a weight the family has been carrying for too long.

Girls 'don't just disappear'

It's Laurie Odjick's firm belief that there are people out there who know what happened to the two teens. She's imploring them to come forward to police.

"I mean, two girls don't just disappear off the face of the earth. And I'm hoping one day those people who do know something step forward," she said.

Odjick visited the site of the search early Wednesday afternoon to acknowledge how thankful she is to the team.

"My family's hurting. In a way, I just can't wait for it to be over."

Asselin said while the SQ wouldn't return to the site the next day, the investigation will continue.


 November 10, 2017 10:19 pm
Police appeal for information in 34-year-old cold case murder investigation
By Staff   980 CFPL

Nearly 35 years after she died, provincial police continue to search for information in the 1983 murder of Donna Jean Awcock.

The 17-year-old was found dead along the banks of the Thames River, just west of the Fanshawe Dam, on Friday, Oct. 14, 1983.

Before her death, police say Awcock had been babysitting for a neighbour at an apartment building next door to where she lived along Cheyenne Avenue, now known as Oakville Avenue, in the city?s northeast end. Awcock left the apartment where she had been babysitting around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 to go buy cigarettes at a nearby corner store. She never returned. Awcock?s family contacted police when she failed to return home later that day.

The next day, two kilometres northeast of her Cheyenne Avenue home, Awkcock?s badly beaten, partly-clad body was discovered along the riverbank. Police determined the cause of death was ?manual strangulation.? Awcock had also been raped.

Leads in the case have been few and far between. Police issued another appeal to the public for information on Friday. In a statement, police said they were ?confident someone in the community has vital information? that would lead police to the person or persons responsible.

To this day, the case remains open, police said. The investigation continues under the direction of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Inspector Randy Wright. The province continues to offer a $50,000 cash reward for information in connection to Awcock?s death, in addition to a cash reward of up to $2,000 from police.

Anyone with information relating to the murder case is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Vanness family remains tormented

By Luke Hendry, The Intelligencer
Friday, March 24, 2017

On a cold, rainy day in Belleville, Travis Vanness takes a break from work to do his sad annual duty.

Walking behind city hall, Vanness lights the first of several cigarettes, then begins answering questions about his father, Calvin Vanness, whom he and police believe was murdered in 2008.

The Ontario government offers a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed the 65-year-old father of four.

There have been searches, tips, and plenty of news reports but no arrests or charges. The release of new information has dwindled to a morsel every few years.

Travis, who's wearing his father's ring, speaks frankly and with a hint of resignation.

?I still think about it very frequently,? he said. ?It doesn't haunt me every second of every day like it did for the first few years.

?We had lots of hope,? he said, shrugging.

?There are people out there with information,? he said. ?It's very frustrating.?

Calvin ?Buck? Vanness had planned leave his Belleville home to meet family March 26, 2008. It was the last his family heard from him. They reported him missing March 31.

The next day, police found his car in a carpool parking lot on Gardiners Road/Highway 38 next to Highway 401 in northwestern Kingston.

The silvery grey, four-door 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix was parked facing Gardiners Road. Painted red and black flames decorated its hood and extended from the fenders toward the rear end of the car.

?Information has been received ? that a person other than Mr. Vanness was operating his vehicle sometime between his disappearance and April 1? of that year, said Acting Sgt. Angie Atkinson of the Ontario Provincial Police Eastern Region headquarters in Smiths Falls.

She said it's not a new detail but police went public with the information because they have yet to identify that person.

?As small as it seems to you, it may be that piece of the puzzle that is important for the investigators on this case,? Atkinson said.

Belleville Police Service opened the case and in April 2010 began a partnership with the OPP. The provincial force now heads the investigation, classed in 2011 as a homicide case.

Atkinson said detectives are ?very certain he's dead based on information they have received? but it isn't clear when Vanness died. Officers have made several searches for evidence but the grandfather's body has never been found.

?There are certainly going to be persons of interest,? she said, adding she did not know if all remain alive. There have been no arrests.

?The family at this stage of life deserves to have some closure,? said Atkinson. ?It would be really nice for them to be able to lay Mr. Vanness to rest.

?He was known to carry large sums of money and quantities of marijuana,? Atkinson said Friday. She stopped short of describing him as a drug dealer.

His son said news of his father's involvement in drugs, first announced in 2011, wasn't a surprise and he believes his father was the victim of ?a robbery gone wrong.?

Vanness said he and his family have had to learn to deal with the loss and their unanswered questions.

?It's not getting easier.

?It's depressing. It's as simple as that.?

?We don't talk as much as we used to,? said Vanness, ?because when we do, it's usually the subject none of us enjoy.?

Asked whether he still hopes his father would be found, he replied, ?I hope so.

?I think it's possible.

?Some day when I'm old and grey I'll get a phone call.?

He said the OPP have provided no further information to him in seven years, though he knows they haven't abandoned the case. Atkinson said a full-time investigator remains assigned.

?I wish they would continue to pressure the people they think have information,? said Vanness. ?Pressure them until the end of time.

?They've tried very hard for years.?

He said he'd like to ask those who know what happened to his father ?how you sleep at night.

?Please come forward.


Tips may be made to the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers does not use caller identification technology and callers to that service never have to provide their names or testify in court. They may, however, be eligible for a reward of as much as $2,000.

Other Locations / Re: Jessica Marie Lynne Godin - Fatal Hit and Run
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$50,000 dollar reward is still active for anybody with information on Jessica Godin?s death
  September 22, 2017

On September 24, 2011, around 2:20 p.m. a passer-by located the body of 18-year-old Jessica Marie Lynn Godin in a ditch on Du Parc Street in Fournier. That was six years ago and the OPP is launching a public appeal in an attempt to reinvigorate this case. Godin had been residing at a friend?s house in Fournier. Initial investigations revealed that she left the residence about 6:00 p.m. on September 22, 2011 and was last seen alive that day between 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. in Fournier.

The post-mortem examination indicated that the injuries she sustained, and the location where her body was found, were consistent with being struck by an east-bound vehicle, which would have been travelling on Du Parc Street. Investigators have conducted 119 interviews but have been unsuccessful in identifying the person(s) responsible and/or the vehicle involved in Godin?s death. The OPP believe that someone has information that would help investigators solve this crime.

The Government of Ontario is continuing to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Jessica Godin. Further details on this investigation can be viewed at, under ?What We Do?, scroll to the bottom to ?Investigations? and click on ?OPP Rewards? and scroll down to ?Current Investigations? where you can download the poster with reward details.

If you have any information about Godin?s death please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or the Hawkesbury OPP at 613-632-2729. Persons giving tips to Crime Stoppers that lead to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward. Tips can also be sent via text message and e-mail. For more information go to

Todd Petrie's Sault Ste. Marie murder haunts his mother ? and she vows to hire private detectives
"I'm not going to let it go ... I want to know who killed my son ? and why'
CBC News Posted: Mar 06, 2016

Joyce Petrie says she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her son.

Todd Alan Petrie, 48, was discovered dead in his Sault Ste. Marie apartment of suspected blunt force trauma on Feb. 27, 2011.

From a vacation home in Florida, 67-year-old Petrie of Saginaw, MI, told CBC News she's now planning to sell a cabin she owns to hire private detectives ? even a psychic ? to help crack the case.

"I'm in this to the end. I'm not going to let it go ... I want to know who killed my son ? and why."

Petrie said her son, both a Canadian and American citizen, landed in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., some time after serving in the US Marine Corps. 

She acknowledged that Todd had some troubles in his adult life, and says she thinks he may have "written some bad cheques."

"Todd was a challenge," she said. "I'm not going to say he wasn't ? he was a challenge for all of us ? but nothing serious ... he didn't do anything bad."

But Petrie also acknowledged that Todd may have kept more from her than she first thought.

"I think it was in the last couple of years that he got into drugs," she said.

"I really didn't know it at that time ... Todd called me faithfully every week or every two weeks, he kept in touch with his brother and his sister. We didn't know how extreme it was until we saw the picture and he was murdered. I didn't even recognize him."

Ontario Provincial Police investigated the Albert Street East murder along with local police. OPP said at the time that Petrie may have known his attacker, and may have let that person into his apartment.

"The neighbourhood he was in ? he did call me after Christmas and he told me that he was trying to move out of his apartment, because he said it wasn't a good place," said Petrie.

As for the investigation, Petrie is critical of police, insisting they "don't even have a suspect."

"I've been up there several times," she continued.

"I have talked to drug addicts ... I have pleaded with people that I know are selling drugs ? I pleaded with them. I've done just about everything I can do. The drug addicts in Sault Ste. Marie will not rat."

OPP Detective Inspector Shawn Glassford would not discuss whether police do or do not have a suspect in the case, but he said he has had "lots of communication with Mrs. Petrie."

"The investigation isn't cold. It's still continuing, five years later ? it's still an active investigation," he said.

"She's lost her son ... I certainly understand how she must feel frustrated by this."

Glassford said police are going to need someone to step up with information.

"Somebody in the community of Sault Ste. Marie knows what happened to Todd Petrie, and we want that person to come forward."

A $50,000 reward for information in the murder of Todd Petrie remains in place.

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