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About two weeks ago, a tip came into Paula’s hotline from a man in Edmonton who thought he met Mekayla outside the Highrun Club in Edmonton’s Capilano neighbourhood.

“He had stepped outside in the smoking area,” Paula explained. “He happened to meet this young girl, and in his recollection, he believes she used her name, Mekayla, and struck up a conversation.”

The man reportedly thought the young woman he spoke to seemed out of place. The interaction happened in March and the man didn’t know Mekayla was missing.

When he later came across a missing person posting, he thought he recognized the woman in the social media post and called both RCMP and Paula’s tip line.

“His recollection of the conversation was that she was perhaps staying in the area and walking through,” Paula explained.

RCMP contacted their counterparts at the Edmonton Police Service and tried to obtain surveillance video from the area, but were unsuccessful.

The manager of the Highrun Club told Global News there are no cameras outside at the strip mall and that any indoor surveillance is lost after about 60 days.

That means the RCMP cannot confirm the sighting. But officers didn’t stop there.

“We continue to investigate Mekayla’s disappearance and have worked with the Edmonton Police Service, homeless shelters and local businesses in the Edmonton area to help share our missing person’s report,” Const. Robert Head with the RCMP said.

Despite nearly three and a half years passing since Mekayla was reported missing, her mother still believes she could be reunited one day.

“In my heart, I feel that she is alive. I don’t feel she’s safe. I feel she’s in danger,” Paula explained.

“I hope that one day we’ll see her again, and we’ll all have some answers.”


Human remains discovered in a west Edmonton alley two weeks ago are those of 33-year-old Terri Ann Rowan, police announced Wednesday in a release.

The city police homicide section is treating the case as suspicious and detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Rowan’s remains in the Sherwood neighbourhood Aug. 15.

Citizens walking in the alley discovered the remains and called police. An autopsy was performed by the medical examiner the next day.

Homicide detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken to Rowan in the week leading up to the discovery of her remains.

The cause and manner of death are not being released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation, police said.
Thinking of Sonia as the 9th anniversary of her passing approaches. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. I realize these words may sound hollow and cliche but I know for a fact that many people feel a deep connection to Sonia. I, for one, am praying for more information from investigators that would breathe new life into Sonia's case. Sadly, I don't hold out much hope for anything more than what we've heard before from LE. If only there was something we could do, collectively, to appeal to investigators to assure us that Sonia's case hasn't been abandoned and that there are solid leads out there that have the potential to lead to an arrest. If only someone in the media would be a voice for Sonia and bring her case back to the forefront of everyone's minds. She deserves justice. Her family deserves answers.
London / Re: Donna Jean Awcock - 17 - Murdered - October 13, 1983 - London, ON
« Last post by ProPatria on August 28, 2019, 04:08:30 PM »
I listened to the podcast last night.  Very interesting, but unfortunately no new leads or breakthroughs on the case. The moderator did not know how to pronounce "Thames" - - funny.

Does anyone know what the working theory is that the police are using as to what happened that night?  Presumably Donna was abducted and did not go willingly but if that is the case wouldn't she be screaming, yelling, punching, kicking etcetera?  Surely with the Mac's store nearby, not to mention the apartments,  someone would have heard something.

And am I correct in assuming that Michelle Maynard's bar-friend is no longer a suspect since she (Michelle) passed the polygraph test as seen on the TCAK episode?  The TCAK episode did not disclose the name of the new suspect but the reaction from the Awcock family (using the new composite sketch) suggested that he is someone they knew or a least recognized.

The RCMP have charged an eighth person in connection with the homicide of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere.

Police said in a media release that Mavis Quinn Takakenew, 55, of North Battleford is charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder. She is expected to make her first appearance in North Battleford provincial court on Friday.

Officers are still looking for Nikita Sandra Cook, 31, of Onion Lake Cree Nation, who is charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with Laverdiere’s death.

Cook is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant. Police say she should not be approached.

Laverdiere, 25, who was from Edmonton, had travelled to the North Battleford and Thunderchild First Nation areas to attend a friend’s funeral on April 27.

Her family last heard from her on May 1 and she was reported missing May 12. Her remains were found outside North Battleford on July 11.

Three other people are charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and improperly interfering with a human body in connection with Laverdiere’s killing: Shayla Orthner, 27, Danita Thomas, 32, both of North Battleford, and Nicole Cook of Edmonton, who is the mother of Tristen Cook-Buckle, the friend whose funeral Laverdiere had travelled to attend.

Jesse Sangster, 23, is charged with vehicle theft and accessory after the fact to murder. Brent Checkosis, 18, is charged with vehicle theft, accessory after the fact to murder and improperly interfering with a human body.

REGINA — RCMP in Saskatchewan say they have found the remains of a missing Edmonton woman who they believe was the victim of a homicide.

Mounties say their major crime unit was searching a rural area outside of North Battleford, Sask., last week as part of an investigation when a police dog made the discovery.

On Wednesday, police identified the remains as those of Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere.

The 25-year-old woman was reported missing on May 12. Her last contact with her family was a text on May 1.

She was last seen in North Battleford the same day.

Police had said her disappearance was suspicious and would be investigated as a homicide.

They said Laverdiere was around North Battleford and the nearby Thunderchild First Nation to attend a funeral on April 27.

RCMP said she wanted to return to Edmonton and didn’t have transportation, so investigators were concerned she may have tried hitchhiking to get back to Alberta.
Other Saskatchewan Locations / Jaime Cote - Missing from Kamsack, Sask. August 20/19
« Last post by Sap1 on August 22, 2019, 04:57:30 PM »
Debbie, for this missing person there is only a Facebook link. No one else is posting this lady as missing yet. Police have not yet interviewed last known people with Jaime before she went missing.

The Edmonton Police Service’s homicide section is investigating after human remains were discovered in a Sherwood neighbourhood alley Thursday morning in west Edmonton.

Citizens walking in an alley west of 149 Street between 92 Avenue and 93 Avenue discovered the remains Thursday morning and called in the discovery, police said in a news release.

Edmonton Police are asking to speak with anyone who may have been travelling through the alley west of 149 Street between 92 Avenue and 93 Avenue on Wednesday or Thursday that may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour or unfamiliar vehicles in that area.

The Edmonton medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the remains Friday but the results are not being released.

Homicide detectives are looking for help from residents in the area and are circulating a poster about their investigation. They would like to speak with anyone who may have been travelling through that alley on Wednesday or Thursday that may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour or unfamiliar vehicles.

Investigators are also looking for any residential surveillance video or dash cam video of the alley which may help with their investigation.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at
I'd be very surprised if it produces any result, jobo, but stranger things have happened.  Were it not for the laws around not profiting from the proceeds of crime, perhaps the killer would come forward in order to collect it.
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