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   As I had posted before the residing judge had retired placing the trial on hold. His retirement proved to be rather brief as he was later murdered by a assassin. There was a lady judge who was assigned to the courtroom. Five hearing dates were scheduled (two of those dates were improperly scheduled) and three hearings were conducted. The Prosecution had previously rested their case, so it was time for the Defense to present their case.

   The defense requested rescheduling of the hearing dates (seems they were having issue with contacting defense witnesses) and the case is now once again on hold. The lady judge I am told returned to Manila (reason unknown to me) and they are waiting for a new judge to be assigned to the courtroom. Once this is done and new hearing dates are scheduled, I will post an update on this thread.   
I'm going to guess that the knot shown in the photo released by the RCMP is a kind of butterfly knot, aka the lineman's loop.

Please feel free to challenge this assumption.

I was watching the TV series Trapped, where police were trying to trace a figure eight knot to a killer. They learned that it was a common knot taught in scouting, but also that one of the people close to the victim was a mountain climber. I wondered if the writers had been reading Canadian news feeds.
JellyBean...I think you may be right.  By the way, there is an audio series (in French) that came out almost exactly a year ago.  |I will find the link and post it.  I speak French but I find it hard to understand all the nuances.!/repertoire/podcast/1802/synth_ses

Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by Sap1 on May 20, 2019, 04:17:04 AM »

Convicted killer Travis Vader's bid for a new trial has been rejected by the Court of Appeal of Alberta.

"Based on the facts as he found them, the trial judge was ultimately correct in convicting the appellant of manslaughter," the appeal court said in a judgment released Friday.

"We see no prejudice having befallen the appellant as a consequence of the trial judge's analysis, and no benefit in a retrial to test again whether the appellant should have been convicted of manslaughter, in the robbery killings of the McCanns."

Vader's lawyer, Brian Beresh, said he plans to seek leave to appeal Friday's judgment to the Supreme Court of Canada.

"This is not the end of the road," Beresh told reporters Friday.

"There will be leave sought from the Supreme Court of Canada. We think the issues were wrongly decided by the Court of Appeal. We think that the issues that we raised are of national importance and should be heard and determined by the highest court in this land."

In January 2017, Vader was sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter in the deaths of St. Albert couple Lyle and Marie McCann.

Last November, lawyers for Vader appeared before the appeal court to argue he should get a new trial on grounds that a number of errors were made during his original trial.

They argued that the trial took too long. They said his convictions should be stayed.

Vader, now 47, was originally convicted of two counts of second-degree murder.

But after it was discovered that Court of Queen's Bench Justice Denny Thomas had relied on a section of the Criminal Code that had been ruled unconstitutional, Thomas downgraded the convictions to manslaughter.

The McCanns, who were in their late 70s, vanished in 2010 after leaving their home to go camping in British Columbia. Their bodies have not been found.

Their son, Bret McCann, said Friday it's still important for the family that their remains be located. It's also important for Vader to reveal that information, he said.

"He's got to say where are the bodies of my parents," McCann said. "Acknowledging his guilt is critical, I think, to his rehabilitation. So I'm hopeful, not optimistic, that this decision today will encourage him to start acknowledging his guilt.

"It's still very important to our family that he says what happened to my parents."

Lawyers seek new trial for Travis Vader in deaths of missing Alberta couple
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I wasn't quite sure where this thread could go; but seeing as the boys' bodies were found in Maine, USA I was hoping that readers and members from our sister site, living in the northeastern USA, might catch this topic and be able to help.  Please listen to the story.

In just over a year, Sonia's murder will slip into the category of "historical" -- 10 or more years old. I can't believe it has been almost nine years since her life was stolen away, and I think the chance of getting answers as an historical case is very low.
Very long article snipped (just most recent copied). Please see url for more.

It’s been seven years since Amber Alyssa Tuccaro disappeared from Nisku, Alta.

Now, her loved ones say they are planning to increase the $5,000 reward they’re offering for new information that could help solve her murder.

“(The reward has) been there before but now we’re going to up it, we just haven’t set the amount yet,” Paul Tuccaro, Amber Tuccaro’s brother, told reporters on Monday. “Because now, with this inquiry, it’s going to be getting more press and so now, hopefully, my sister’s name will be in the news again.”

Tuccaro said he can’t yet say by how much the reward will be increased but added it was coming out of the pockets of his family and the community.

He said he came to Edmonton from Fort Chipewyan this week to meet with officials with Canada’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Edmonton hearings don’t take place until November but the inquiry is holding a community meeting in Alberta’s capital this week.

Paul Tuccaro, whose sister Amber Alyssa Tuccaro disappeared from Nisku, Alta. In 2010, said he came to Edmonton from Fort Chipewyan this week to meet with officials with Canada’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Late Monday afternoon, Tuccaro’s brother held a news conference in Edmonton.

It’s been seven years since Amber Alyssa Tuccaro disappeared from Nisku, Alta. Now, her loved ones say they are planning to increase the $5,000 reward they’re offering for new information that could help solve her murder.

Last month, the family launched a social media campaign and started a Justice for Amber Facebook page to continue raising awareness about her case.

“You know, they hung on to the tape for as long as they did and not release it… Where’s their priorities?” Tuccaro asked. “If they would have had that tape, released it – or if the process.. that’s supposed to be followed was followed, not just pushed aside, maybe things would have been different.”

In March 2014, an RCMP spokesperson said she “recognizes initial elements of the investigation were mishandled.”

“The RCMP missing persons unit along with new policies and procedures were created because of the Amber Tuccaro file and other factors learned over the course of other investigations,” Sgt. Josee Valiquette said at the time.

Tuccaro said Canada’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has been difficult for his family, particularly with the mounting number of people involved with the inquiry who have resigned.

“It’s been mentally draining because when you talk to the inquiry, you talk to (so) many different people,” he said, adding he has been told the inquiry may not include his sister’s death.

“We were told that because my sister’s case is ongoing that her story might not be included in the inquiry,” he said. “And we’re like, ‘Well, why not?’

“It upsets the whole family because you get all these women that are missing, and the majority of them, the cases are ongoing, but yet they’re included. But yet, (with) my sister, they said they had to check with their legal team to see if she could be included.”

This summer, the commission has heard from family members of missing and murdered women who say they have lost faith in the process, which is expected to take at least two years and cost $53.8 million.

In an open letter released earlier this month, some families called on the commission to start over from the beginning because of the resignation of one of the commissioners in July. The commissioners have said they are moving ahead with their work.

Tuccaro said his family is still hopeful the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will yield results but that he is also considering other steps if it doesn’t.

“(We’ll) see what happens with the inquiry and then… there’s been talk of our family with other families starting our own inquiry.

“The biggest thing is we owe it to my sister and to all the other women that went missing. They’re all First Nation and it seems like… everybody’s got families, all these women and girls they all have families… we’re not going to go anywhere. We owe it to my sister.”
Thank you, Have Faith and Lost. I came on Unsolved today to post something new, and noticed your thoughts. Thank you for the kind words.

Oddly, while here a song came up in my newsfeed. Penny's sister and brothers called her "Sissy" as she was the youngest sister. This song in my newsfeed is named "Sissy's Song" by Alan Jackson.

Sometimes, I guess, you just have to listen.

I'm thankful for this site, a place we can go where people understand. Thank you.

Sissy's Song by Alan Jackson
Thank you very much, July, for this update.  Hoping friends and relatives will help her children through this very tough time.

I am surprised that nothing was ever found of all the posts from the original thread.  Maybe it was being scrutinized for some investigation purpose. Hopefully it was. Who knows, we may have hit on something with so many discussions. A long time, but it seems like yesterday since this young child went missing. A mystery, as mysterious as the Jon Benet Ramsey case, which was never solved. They were on the wrong track on that case also. The parents were absolved of any involvement. Also there was DNA found at the scene, never identified. I think the investigation got off on the wrong foot on this case and a great deal of time was lost. Prayers to everyone involved, the parents, the police and maybe Kyron is still with us. Just a great mystery.
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