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Remains found in Saint John identified as man missing since 2011

CTV Atlantic
Published Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:48PM ADT 
Last Updated Tuesday, June 14, 2016 1:54PM ADT 

Police say human remains found in Saint John last month are those of a Rothesay, N.B. man reported missing more than four years ago.

Scott Arthur Taylor was last seen on Dec. 2, 2011 in Saint John. The 24-year-old man was reported missing by his family two days later.

A mountain biker found human remains in a wooded area off the Old Black River Road, near Bayside Drive extension, on May 7.

An autopsy was conducted and police say the remains are those of Taylor.

They believe he has been deceased since December 2011 and they are investigating his death as suspicious.

The RCMP’s major crime unit, the Saint John Police Force and the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force have created a joint investigative team and are investigating Taylor's disappearance and death. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police.
Hamilton / Re: Tim Bosma - 32 - Missing - May 06, 2013 - Hamilton, ON - Murdered
« Last post by debbiec on June 14, 2016, 10:45:39 AM »
Tim Bosma trial: What the jury wasn't allowed to hear
Jury deliberating on fate of Dellen Millard, Mark Smich after 4-month murder trial in Hamilton

By Adam Carter, CBC News  Posted: Jun 13, 2016 4:04 PM ET| Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 7:50 AM ET

The jury in the Tim Bosma trial in Hamilton never heard about Dellen Millard's drug dealing, nor the fact he and Mark Smich may have owned more than one gun.

Those are just two of the numerous pieces of evidence that Justice Andrew Goodman ruled as inadmissible in the trial of the two men accused of killing Bosma in 2013.

The jurors are now in deliberations, so for the first time, CBC News is legally able to publish some of the details they weren't allowed to hear in court.

During the four-month trial in Superior Court in Hamilton, the jury was ushered out of the room dozens of times for legal arguments, as lawyers for Millard, 30, and Smich, 28, argued for specific evidence surrounding their clients to be disallowed.

In many cases, it was — evidence about drug use, weapons and other areas was ruled out, because it was deemed "bad character evidence," or was too closely linked to other charges the two accused are facing.

Millard and Smich have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the case of Bosma, who disappeared in May 2013 after taking the two on a ride in the pickup truck he was trying to sell. The Crown alleges the co-accused shot and killed Bosma, and burned his body in an incinerator on the Millard family's farm.

Millard and Smich also face first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Toronto resident Laura Babcock. Millard is additionally charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father — something the jury wasn't allowed to know, as the Bosma case has to be judged on its own merits.

Usually after a jury is sequestered, reporters are allowed to write about almost everything that was said in court while jurors are out of the room.

But in the Bosma case, many things that were discussed still can't be reported. Goodman has ordered an extended publication ban on more than a dozen other areas until the completion of the Babcock trial, which is set to begin in early 2017.

As the jury examines the facts to decide whether Millard and Smich are guilty or not guilty, here is some of what they weren't told.

An affinity for guns, and more than 1

Though the jury heard its fair share about Millard's and Smich's affinity for guns, lots of evidence was ruled out.

Some of that evidence came from texts between Millard and alleged gun dealer Matthew Ward Jackson — also known as "lisho."

In one text message exchange from February 2012, when talking about brokering a deal for what is believed to be the gun used to shoot Bosma, Millard said to Jackson: "BTW, is it clean or dirty?" Jackson responded, "clean," and then "bring her back safe plz."

Millard then wrote, "By the time I let her go, she'll be a dirty girl." Jackson responded, "[that's] fine lol. I can change her print."

Several times, the jury saw a photo of a Walther PPK sitting on a table that was recovered from a device backup on a computer in Millard's home. What the jury didn't see is that in the lower right-hand redacted portion of the photo, there was another gun.

Another photo that was excluded came from Smich's Facebook page. The photo was of a bullet with "your name here" written on it with a marker, court heard.

Smich's affinity for bullets didn't end there. In a voir dire, his friend Brendan Daly talked about how Smich showed him a YouTube video for "zombie bullets," and said Smich told him, "The gun that went with those bullets is what he wanted."

Both legal teams for Millard and Smich said during the trial that a number of other gun and bullet photos were excluded in pretrial motions.

Perhaps most bizarrely, Smich's ex-girlfriend Marlena Meneses said in one of her police statements that Millard asked her to wear a prosthetic, hollowed out pregnancy belly to smuggle ammunition back to Canada from the U.S. "It's kind of like a bathing suit and then it had a skin-coloured plastic belly," Meneses said.

This plot never actually happened, she said, adding that Smich told her not to do it.

Millard, Smich sold and used drugs

The jury heard that Millard and Smich smoked pot, that Smich used Oxycodone and was once arrested for cocaine possession, and that Andrew Michalski rounded up all the drugs in Millard's home and dropped them in a stairwell for Smich after Millard's arrest.

The jury wasn't told, however, that Millard and Smich were involved in a lot more than just marijuana — and while Millard's lawyers made sure to point out that Smich sold drugs every chance they could, Millard sold drugs too.

That was pulled out of evidence at Goodman's order that the trial not "degenerate into a free-for-all" about drug abuse, and thus, bad character evidence.

Millard's friend Michalski provided a stark look into Millard's affinity for drugs — both using them and selling them.

"Dell used heroin once. Cocaine, we all did it," Michalski said in one of his police statements, adding that Millard also used steroids. The bag that Michalski used to round up drugs from Millard's house had "more than just weed" in it, prosecutor Craig Fraser said during one legal argument.

Millard also sent a computer packed with drugs like steroids and pot to Michalski at one point when he was in Winnipeg, court heard. During Arthur Jennings's testimony, there was a voir dire where Millard's lawyers talked about a trailer that mechanic Shane Schlatman was building for Millard with secret compartments built inside.

Speculation was that it was designed to import narcotics.

Smich's drug use often popped up when the jury was out of the room, too. He used cocaine, LSD and the powerful prescription painkiller Oxycodone.

At one point in a voir dire of Michalski, Millard's lawyer Nadir Sachak said, "Mr. Smich sold crack," before Goodman abruptly stopped him.

Robert Burns hates his nephew

Robert Burns's hostility towards his nephew, Millard, was palpable when he testified — but the jury never got to see the full extent of his feelings.

Burns said in a police statement read in court that he believes his nephew is a "sick, twisted prick."

This wasn't allowed to go before the jury at Goodman's instruction to not go into areas of character.

Lawyers on all sides tiptoed around Burns when he was testifying, for fears that he could say something incriminating enough to cause a mistrial.

Defence pushed for a mistrial, twice

On two separate occasions, the defence for the accused did apply for a mistrial, which would have started the gruelling trial process all over again.

The first came three weeks in, and was a joint application between lawyers representing Millard and Smich. The details of the application are under an extended publication ban, and cannot be reported.

In the end, Goodman denied it.

A second mistrial application came on April 11, when Smich's legal team alleged that lawyer Ravin Pillay's cross-examination of witness Brendan Daly impugned their client's ability to get a fair trial. They based that application on what Daly told the jury about Smich's anger issues, and his sometimes violent rap lyrics.

Again, the application was thrown out.

Bad behaviour from witnesses

Millard's friends weren't angels. The jury heard several of them were involved in criminal plots to steal everything from construction equipment to plants. Some conduct, though, wasn't talked about in open court.

When police went to question Lisa Whidden (who said she had an "intimate relationship" with Millard), she tried to run after saying she had information about the case. That's why she was put in handcuffs and her phone was seized — because they were afraid she would delete things that were on it. The officer's notes at the time describe her as "unco-operative, combative and rude."

As well, Millard didn't solely write letters to his then girlfriend, Christina Nouga. He also wrote letters to his mechanic, Shane Schlatman, and in doing so, breached a second court order to not contact someone. Those letters were mostly centred on Schlatman caring for Millard's cars, court heard.

It is expected the jurors will deliberate from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET each day — their window to decide on a verdict.
Other Alberta Locations / Re: Lyle and Marie McCann part 2
« Last post by wellwell on June 14, 2016, 08:11:46 AM »
Travis Vader gave an interview to the CBC. In it, he claims police got his sister drunk while she was on conditions to avoid alcohol.

Travis Vader tells CBC he'll be acquitted of McCann slayings
Crown says accused's blood and DNA found in victims' SUV, but he denies ever being in the vehicle

Janice Johnston · CBC News

Travis Vader will remain in jail after a judge denied his bail application on Monday. (CBC)

Travis Vader believes there is one sure thing in his life: He will be found not guilty of murder.

"There's never been a time through the last six years that I didn't know what the outcome was going to be," Vader said in an exclusive telephone interview with CBC News. "And that's found not guilty and carry on with my life."

After a pause, he added, "It's just, why did they make it take six damn years?"

Vader approached CBC more than a week ago through friends, requesting an interview. Late last week, he called from the Edmonton Remand Centre. The interview, which lasted 40 minutes, was likely recorded by jail officials.

Vader verdict coming this summer
Travis Vader trial: Defence witnesses cast doubt on Crown's murder timeline

It marked the first time Vader has spoken publicly, and at length, about his first-degree murder trial, or about the RCMP investigation into the July 2010 deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann. The elderly St. Albert, Alta., couple were last seen alive on July 3, 2010. Their burned motorhome was found two days later near Edson, Alta. The SUV the couple towed behind the motorhome was discovered July 16, 2010. Their bodies have never been found.

The trial at the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton began in March. After more than 50 days of testimony, all the evidence is now in. Closing arguments will be delivered by the Crown and defence later this month.

In the interview, Vader sharply criticized police and prosecutors. He called the RCMP investigation a "witch hunt," and described the case as "a fiasco."

"The Crown put together a very, very shoddy incomplete case," he said. "You have to prove [beyond a reasonable doubt]. And they did not."

A spokesman for Alberta Justice declined comment on behalf of the Crown. 

In 2014, Vader launched a $1-million wrongful-prosecution lawsuit against more than four dozen RCMP officers, Crown prosecutors and jail guards. No statements of defence have ever been filed. 

"I plan to expose the RCMP for what they are. And I plan to expose the Crown and the justice system for what it is," he said. 

Alleges police brutality in latest arrest

Vader's trial began in early March. He has been back behind bars since May 10, when RCMP arrested him for allegedly breaching his bail conditions. He was subsequently charged by Edmonton police with possession of a stolen truck and breaking and entering. 

He claims the Mounties used unnecessary and excessive force to arrest him in west Edmonton.

Travis Vader back in jail as police investigate stolen truck, copper wire
"I put my hands up to be arrested and they attacked me," he said. "They threw me on the ground. Stomped the shit out of me. You know, what did I do to warrant that? Nothing. Did they have to chase me down like a dog? Treat me like an animal? No."

RCMP Insp. Gibson Glavin declined to comment on any of Vader's allegations.

But Vader claims he was unable to move his arm for two weeks after the arrest. He called his latest run-in with police "minor compared to what I'm used to."

'Witch hunt'

"It is personal," Vader said. "You can see it in their face, in their gestures, how they deal with you. They're just so happy to just get their hands on you, to be able to hurt you or do something. Because I think they're so frustrated this case isn't going the way they wanted. This witch hunt that they've created."

The accused killer alleges the RCMP told lies to his friends and family to advance their theories, laid "trumped up" charges just to keep him in jail, and may have convinced others to commit illegal acts. He points to a modified Mr. Big sting Mounties ran on his sister, Bobbi Jo Vader, in November 2011. 

Vader said he believes undercover officers took advantage of her during the sting.

"She was already on conditions not to be involved with alcohol. Not to be involved with drugs. They took her to the bars and got her drunk. And it would trigger her addiction. And she'd say anything or do anything."

During the trial, Bobbi Jo Vader testified during cross-examination by the defence that she used the "thousands of dollars" she received from undercover officers to feed her crack addiction. The Crown called no evidence that came from the Mr. Big sting.

Not in McCann SUV 'under my knowledge'

The Crown admits it has a circumstantial case against Vader. But it did enter key pieces of forensic evidence during the trial.

The prosecution has said Vader's blood was found on the front console of the McCann's Hyundai SUV. An RCMP expert testified there was a one-in-three-trillion chance of it being anyone else's blood. His DNA was also found on a beer can in the SUV and on the steering wheel. 

Vader's DNA found in McCann SUV, murder trial hears
Travis Vader driving SUV similar to McCanns', witness testifies
Defence experts disputed the DNA and fingerprint evidence. Vader insists he should not be linked to the vehicle.

"I was not in the SUV," he said.

"At least, I was not in the SUV under my knowledge. I sure as hell wasn't driving around having a good old time as they say."

Denies drug use

The Crown has painted Vader as a desperate methamphetamine addict who attacked the elderly St. Albert couple to get money to feed his habit.

Vader vehemently denies he has ever used the drug. That's in direct contrast to testimony heard from a number of Crown witnesses during the murder trial.

For example, Willie Nikolyuk testified: "We started doing drugs together. Smoking speed. That's how I got to know him."

Vader's ex-girlfriend Amber Williams told the court she and Vader took drugs together.

"We both used it quite a bit," she said. "We were both constantly doing it. And that's mainly the reason why we split up."

Vader is accused of testing positive for methamphetamine in May after providing a court-ordered urine sample to RCMP. He claims he was taking an over-the-counter cold medication at the time that contained amphetamine.

Future includes apologizing to children

Vader told CBC he is making plans for the future, convinced he will be acquitted when Justice Denny Thomas hands down his decision at the end of August or in early September. 

The first thing he plans to do is "apologize to my children for being gone, for being away so long," he said.

"You be a man," he said. "You buck up. You go back to work.

"I can go back to being the person that I was. I was a father that worked his ass off his entire life for 20 years in the oilfield."

Vader is engaged to a woman he describes as "a wonderful person." But he has not made any wedding plans yet.

'I know I'm going to be trouble'

He saves his few kind words for his fiancée and his lawyer Brian Beresh.

Vader calls Beresh "a superb lawyer" who "goes that extra 10 miles."

Toward the end of the interview, a recorded message warned the call would end in one minute.

Vader was asked if there was anything else he wanted to add. He delivered a message to Beresh, who was not aware of his interview with CBC.

"Sorry, Brian, but I thought this needed to be done," he said, adding with a nervous chuckle, "I know I'm going to be in trouble."


Body of Yves Cyr, missing since December, found near Gatineau River
Homicide investigation underway, Quebec police say
CBC News  Posted: Jun 14, 2016 7:34 AM ET| Last Updated: Jun 14, 2016 8:23 AM ET

Yves Cyr, left, had been missing since Dec. 7, 2015. His fiancée, Anne Boudria, confirms his body was discovered along the banks of the Gatineau River in Cantley, Que., on Sunday. A homicide investigation is underway.

Yves Cyr missing Gatineau
The 41-year-old was last seen was last seen in the industrial park near Airport Boulevard in Gatineau. He had just left work nearby. His pickup truck was found in a McDonald's restaurant parking lot on Maloney Boulevard seven hours later. (Courtesy Anne Boudria)

More than six months after Yves Cyr disappeared without a trace, his fiancée confirmed his body was found near the Gatineau River on Sunday afternoon.

Anne Boudria told Radio-Canada that police called her to break the news after the body was recovered in Cantley, Que., a municipality north of Gatineau, Que.

A group of young people had spotted Cyr's body on the banks of the river.

A homicide investigation is underway, according to Sûreté du Québec, and an autopsy will be conducted in Montreal.

Last seen after leaving work

Cyr, 41, had been missing since Dec. 7, 2015, when he was seen for the last time in Gatineau's industrial park near Airport Boulevard at about 3:30 p.m. He had just left work nearby.

His red pickup truck, a Ford Ranger, was found in a McDonald's restaurant parking lot on Boulevard Maloney at about 10 p.m. that same night. Cyr's bank accounts haven't been used since his disappearance.

"We were such a normal, quiet couple," Boudria told CBC News in an interview in February, two months after Cyr's disappearance.

"It was work, home, work, home. ... We're not into drugs, we're not into alcohol, we don't go to bars, we don't go anywhere. You try to have a good life, you try to do good in life and then this happens to you, and why? ... It's so hard to understand and comprehend why."

Edited: to add URL
Sad news:

Homicide investigation launched into death of missing Gatineau man

Posted on 6/14/2016 7:45:00 AM by Alison Sandor
A sad end to the case of a missing Gatineau man, last seen in December.

The body of 41-year-old Yves Cyr was discovered by the Gatineau River in Cantley on Sunday.

Sgt. Marc Tessier with the Surete du Quebec says based on the autopsy they've launched a murder investigation.

"It's our Major Crime Unit from the Surete du Quebec that are responsible for the investigation," said Tessier. "We're talking about a homicide investigation. We're working in collaboration with La Service de Police de la Ville de Gatineau in that file."

Cyr was last seen alive in December in an industrial park near Boulevard de L'Aeroport. His vehicle was later found in a McDonalds parking lot on rue St-Louis at Boulevard Maloney.

“His way of life was in total contradiction with his disappearance,” Const. Jean Paul Lemay with Gatineau Police told CTV Ottawa in December. “There were no reasons to believe that Mr. Cyr could be missing like he is right now.”

His family has made several emotional pleas for information into his disappearance.

“He gave me a kiss on the forehead and he said I love you, I’ll see you tonight, have a good day - Same routine,” Cyr's partner Anne Boudria told CTV Ottawa in December.

On Facebook Sunday she posted a photo reading "Have you ever missed someone so much it made you physically sick?"

Cyr's mother described her son as a happy man who was preparing to go on a trip to Mexico with his partner before his disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surete du Quebec.
Hi lost,

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Edmonton / Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Last post by jellybean on June 13, 2016, 10:02:24 PM »
And one last comment on her jewelry. 

The children were familiar with the master bdrm, as they often slept with their parents.

Is it possible, that necklace and ring were left on the dresser, and the kids were playing with them, and - as some kids will do - flushed them down the toilet - or dropped them into the floor heat radiator, and listened to the ring and necklace clang through the heating ducs?

There never was any break and enter into the home.
The detectives have said so.

Jolene did not wear her jewelry that night - the detectives have so.

If the kids didn't lose them, who else was left in charge of the jewelry that fateful night?

General Discussion / Just looking for a case we discussed before: Kyron Horman.
« Last post by capeheart on June 13, 2016, 08:17:53 PM »
I haven't commented on this case for a while, but did see a case tonight that seemed similar in the way he disappeared. I wanted to post it on there, but cannot find it. How do I find a case when I can't remember the name of the city he was from. Can someone tell me how to get that case up so I can comment on similarity in the disappearance of Kyron and this other case. It is just a comparison, the crime has been solved, but the body was never found. Thanks.
Edmonton / Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Last post by jellybean on June 13, 2016, 03:30:35 PM »
The killer will never give himself up.... so far so good in his mind, as he has got away with it in almost five years. The knowing that her mother, her sisters, and her children are victims of this tragedy will not change his mind either.
Jolene comes from a very proud and beautiful family. A caring and close knit family, and they deserve justice.

I wish all of the best to the hard working investigators, and pray that they will get that one break that will put the pieces of the puzzle together.

I pray that an arrest is imminent.  The killer of Jolene has been free for far too long.

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