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Other Alberta Locations / Re: CLARESHOLM MISSING MAN TEXTS WIFE "HELP ME"
« Last post by Concerned on July 26, 2018, 09:17:21 PM »
Awesome, so happy to hear. Bless his heart. More please.
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So very good to hear. Thanks Sap1. He has a second chance to make an awesome life, the one of his dreams. I hope he gets there.
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Hamilton / Re: Wayne Millard - Murdered - November 29, 2012 - Etobicoke, ON
« Last post by Sap1 on July 26, 2018, 12:40:50 PM »
Wayne Millard only wanted to create more of a legacy for his son Dellen, something Dellen was not interested in, apparently.

Long article, unable to snip for apparent reasons. Videos and other links within link.

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/millard-had-means-motive-opportunity-to-kill-dad-crown

Wayne Millard had a $10-million plan to transform the family’s aviation business, Millardair, into a maintenance shop for passenger jets, the judge-alone trial heard. He told many people he was creating the business for his son.


Wayne Millard was spending the family money creating a legacy for Dellen Millard that he didn’t want,” Cameron said.

Shortly after Wayne Millard died, his son — a co-owner of Millardair — fired all employees and returned a crucial license from the federal government to operate the company, the Crown said.

“(Dellen Millard) now had money, power, freedom and control,” Cameron said.

Dellen Millard’s defence lawyer argued, however, that Wayne Millard was depressed, an alcoholic and “drowning” underneath the stress of the business, echoing what his client told police shortly after his father died.

“There is an overwhelming body of evidence that points to suicide,” Ravin Pillay said.

“It was a suicide then, it is a suicide now.”

The Crown said Dellen Millard’s plan to murder his father crystallized on Nov. 1, 2012, when the family aviation business received a maintenance, repair and overhaul certificate from Transport Canada.

“The plan was hatched as soon as that licence came through for a business he didn’t want,” Cameron said. “Money was being funnelled out, his inheritance being spent.”

That’s the same day the younger Millard bought a second cellphone, the Crown said.

Court has heard that phone was used to call a cab from the home of Millard’s friend, Mark Smich, in Oakville, Ont., early on Nov. 29, 2012. Records show that phone was at the home Millard shared with his father at about 1 a.m. that day, and then back at Smich’s house at 6 a.m.

Pillay countered that there was no proof that Millard was travelling with that phone and that it wouldn’t make sense to use a phone that was still registered in his name, if this was, in fact, murder.

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Millard left behind his main phone and a credit card so Smich and his girlfriend could buy pizza, the Crown alleged. Cameron said it was all a ruse to create a false alibi.

The coroner put Wayne Millard’s death between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., court heard.

The Crown said Wayne Millard was not suicidal, but hopeful for the future, and had made plans for the day after he had been found dead, as well as plans to teach his girlfriend how to fly.


Supplied evidence photos from Toronto Police at the Etobicoke home of Wayne Millard.

“Everything was coming up Wayne,” Cameron said.

She also said Wayne Millard couldn’t have physically shot himself in the face because of his position in his bed, where he was found lying on his side with a revolver nearby.

Pillay said it’s impossible to reconstruct the moment of shooting with any certainty.

The judge-alone trial has heard Dellen Millard bought the revolver found next to his father’s body from a gun dealer, and that his DNA was found on the weapon.

Pillay said the DNA on the gun could have simply come from his client buying it.


Ultimately, Pillay concluded, suicide is a complex issue and, in this case, misunderstood by the Crown.

“With years of untreated depression compounded by decades of alcohol abuse, Wayne Millard was driven to a final impulsive act,” he said.

Wayne Millard’s entire life was devoted to his son, Pillay said. And when Dellen Millard told his father that he was a failure and the reason behind the company’s financial troubles, Wayne Millard broke down.

“That must have been very painful,” Pillay said.

Millard is currently serving two life sentences for the deaths of Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma.

The judge said she may have a verdict by July 19, but the decision may come in September due to her caseload.
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You are welcome Jobo. Every now and then I go over old posts to check for updates. Seems very few have a positive outcome.
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Thanks, Sap1... it really helps when there’s a follow up post to notify us that a missing person has been located.
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https://globalnews.ca/news/2353800/stony-plain-rcmp-locate-20-year-old-man-missing-for-over-a-week/

Located.

Police west of Edmonton have found a 20-year-old man who had been missing for a week and a half.


Stony Plain RCMP said Matthew Breckenridge was found safe outside the province, but didn’t offer further details.

He had last been seen on Nov. 7, 2015 in the Hubbles Lake area, which is just west of Stony Plain.
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Other Alberta Locations / Re: CLARESHOLM MISSING MAN TEXTS WIFE "HELP ME"
« Last post by Sap1 on July 24, 2018, 07:19:14 PM »
Located.

https://www.highriveronline.com/local/claresholm-man-missing

A missing man from Claresholm has been found.
 
On Sunday, December 3 at 8:00 a.m. Nelson Pires departed from his home in Claresholm en route to Calgary. He texted his wife "help me". Subsequent attempts to contact him had not been successful however at approximately 2:44 p.m. he was located.
 
A RCMP report at 12:18 p.m.stated that Pires was driving a red 2011 four door Mazda 3 bearing licence plate BXB 6141 last seen wearing a jean jacket over a green, white and blue hooded sweater, brown pants, black crocs and possibly a fitted black toque.
 
The RCMP and family were concerned for Nelson's well being and were asking for your help.
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Found deceased. Foul play ruled out.

https://www.mymcmurray.com/2018/05/10/rcmp-respond-found-human-remains/

Wood Buffalo RCMP confirmed that the human remains found on Sunday, May 6, belonged to missing 27-year-old Wyatt Marten.

The remains were found along a creek, in a ravine, near Wild Rose Street, in Timberlea.

The cause of death has not been determined however they do not suspect any foul play.


The RCMP would like to thank the Fort McMurray Search and Rescue Society, and all the volunteers who assisted in the search for Marten.

 
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London / Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Last post by George Fayne on July 24, 2018, 01:04:06 PM »
Hello summer69baby,

Thank you for the reminder!  I edited my previous comment-- I'm happy to change/delete my comments if they cause distress or are insensitive.  Please let me know.  I hope that they resolve this case!

gf
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London / Re: Suzanne Miller, Sept 15th 1974, 26 years old, London
« Last post by summer69baby on July 24, 2018, 09:47:05 AM »
hello i am suzanne daughter Dorothy , do you have any information?
Hello All I am letting you know I am 1 of Suzanne Children , although this happen 44 yr ago and I am know almost 49yr my sister 50yr and our brother 47yr . this is a very emotional time for the family . Those of you that did not know her or the whole story of her life please watch your comment family members of Suzanne Miller read them .  If you have questions for me please message me . thank you .



Here's a follow-up.  I'm giving a massive "side-eye" to some of the victim-blaming language used by the initial investigator (though, I suppose, his account gives insight into how the police treated Suzanne's case at the time).  It seems like they are suggesting that Suzanne's murder may have been the outcome of some domestic situation.  I'm curious about the car-- did the killer have possession of it (later moving it to Argyle Mall)?  Or did Suzanne leave her car at the mall and it was only noticed eight days later?  Investigators seem to think that another car is involved.


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The cases that never close haunt retired police officers.

It’s been 26 years since OPP Supt. Murray Peer, 82, retired from the job. Yet, in May, he woke up in the middle of the night thinking about what happened to Suzanne Miller.

Suzanne Deborah Miller found dead in 1974. (London Free Press files)

More than four decades have passed since then-Det. Sgt. Peer, and a team of investigators from both the OPP and the London police, set out to solve her slaying.

“I thought about it and it just runs through my mind if there was anything that could have been done or should have been done…. you just wish it would be cleared up,” Peer said.

“You think about the victim. It would be fair to her if it could be cleared.”

A month after the memories startled him from sleep, OPP investigators contacted Peer about Miller’s homicide to kick-start the investigation and possibly find a killer from 1974.

On Thursday, the OPP and London police announced “Find My Killer,” a campaign aimed at cracking the Miller case using modern social media tools and advertising.

The hope is there still is someone out there, somewhere, who has information that could lead to an arrest for the killing. The body of the 25-year-old mother of three, who went missing 10 days shy of her 26th birthday, was found in a wooded area near Thorndale on Oct. 12, 1974, almost a month after she disappeared.

“There has been obvious advancements in technology and Internet that allows us to reach a global community now, as opposed to the local London community that existed through traditional media at the time of this horrific occurrence,” said Det. Supt. Ken Leppert of the OPP’s criminal investigation services.

Similar approaches have been used in other cases and there was recent success in a 27-year old case in Simcoe County, he said.

The OPP want to reach a worldwide audience. Their video describing the crime and the investigation is posted on the OPP’s YouTube channel and shared on their various social media platforms. They will have London Transit bus ads and a “rolling billboard,” a mini-van wrapped with information and where to call with tips.

The van will be “strategically” parked in various places around London, they said.

And a reward for information has been increased to $50,000.

Even though the case is almost 44 years old – and those most likely to remember are in their 60s or older — the police said they are certain this approach will reach people who may have information.

“We are proud to not close homicide cases no matter the duration of the investigations. We are very much committed to moving those investigations forward in spite of the date of the occurrence, in support of the community, in support of the victim and victim’s family,” Leppert said.

Miller was last seen on Sept. 16, 1974 when she left her Gammage Street apartment in her blue Datsun car. Her sister, Sheila Jack, said in the new OPP video that her sister, who she described as an introvert who loved to cook and sew, was supposed to meet her at Jack’s apartment, but never showed up.

The car was found a week later in the Argyle Mall parking lot.

Miller’s badly decomposed body, still clothed, was found next to the Thames River in Thorndale. She had died of blunt force trauma to the head.

Given that there are many unsolved homicides in the London area, particularly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it’s unclear why the OPP are focusing on the Miller case. They do want to try the same multimedia approach in other cases.

And Leppert wouldn’t say if they had a suspect in mind, but said they have “an ongoing file” in the Miller investigation.

“In this case, there is a very strong potential that those responsible are out in the community and I would suggest that it’s every bit as important today that we try to bring those individuals before the courts and before justice as it was in 1974,” he said.

Peer said investigators had suspects during their probe in 1974. “I think it’s fair to say we had a person of interest and still do,” he said, but they were never able to make an arrest. He wouldn’t say who it was.

Michael Arntfield, a former London police officer, now a Western University professor and the author of Murder City, which examined unsolved homicides in the London area from 1959 to 1984, said the re-examination of the Miller file is a sign that the police may have some new information “that has allowed them to earmark this investigation as one that offers a prospect of solvability.”

Arntfield said he hinted at Miller’s murder as a “personal cause homicide” in his book, meaning that the murderer was motivated by personal reasons that have to do with their relationship with the victim.

“The name is already in the box,” Arntfield said. “It means that the suspect was likely identified early on and . . . they weren’t able to conclusively link them to the crime at the time.”

Miller’s homicide, he said, is similar to the 1963 slaying of Margaret Sheeler in which the police could never nail the prime suspect.

“In these cases, you often don’t have to look too far from the victim’s inner circle,” Arntfield said.

Arntfield also noted that a campaign like this one takes a lot of work, so for police to be taking this step, he said, they likely put some “considerable thought” into what the end game is.

“You would have to think there’s a broader strategy to this campaign other than just trying to solicit tips for the sake of keeping the case alive,” Arntfield said.

That suspect likely isn’t the mystery man who attended Miller’s funeral visitation and signed the register as “a friend,” leaving $20 for flowers. Even though police looked for the man at the funeral and produced a police sketch, Peer said he doesn’t know how or if the man fits into the case.

They knew Miller was a young woman who “maybe we would say she had come from the other side of the tracks or seemed to follow that path, which ultimately led to her demise,” Peer said.

“I had a feeling through the investigation , we just kind of felt sorry for her all the way through,” he said.

While there were good leads at the beginning of the investigation, there were difficulties in piecing the case together after the body was found so long after her disappearance. What would have helped them, he said, are modern investigative tools, such as DNA collection, that weren’t available in 1974.

But that doesn’t mean the case can’t be solved. “When a case isn’t solved, we shouldn’t let it rest and we haven’t in this case,” Peer said.

There have been two or three other investigative blitzes on the open file during the years, but without an arrest.

“There’s obviously someone out there, maybe more than one, that knows something,” Peer said.

“And this might be a good time to clear the air, if they choose to do that, and we hope they will.”

Anyone with information can call the dedicated toll-free line at 1-844-677-5060, or by email at SMillerTips@opp.ca. Anonymous tips can be left on the CrimeStoppers line at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)

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