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London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by jensen on October 05, 2017, 10:49:00 AM »
so good to read...thank you Jesa
Other Locations / Re: Caleb Harrison | Murdered Aug. 2013 | Mississauga, ON.
« Last post by Long Gone on October 05, 2017, 07:04:05 AM »

'They will be arrested': Mom to kids about dad's killers


TORONTO - When Melissa Merritt broke the news to her two children that their father had been murdered, she assured them his killers would be caught.

?They will be arrested,? she promised them. ?They will go to jail and they will stay there for a long time.?

Four years later and Merritt and her common-law husband, Chris Fattore, are on trial for the first-degree murder of her ex, Caleb Harrison. Both face the same charge in the death of Caleb?s mother, Bridget, three years earlier. Fattore alone is also accused of killing Caleb?s father Bill in 2009.

Days after Caleb, 40, was found dead in bed on Aug. 23, 2013 ? the third suspicious death in the Harrison family in four years ? Merritt agreed to come in for a recorded police interview with Peel Regional Police Sgt. Derek Rice.

The friendly officer assured her there was nothing to fear. ?The only person who should be nervous is the person responsible for Caleb?s death.?

The prosecutors allege she is one of those people.

According to their opening statement, the Harrison family was wiped out over their long-running custody battle with Merritt over the two children she had with Caleb.

Merritt and Fattore have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Fattore?s attempt to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the slaying of Caleb was rejected by the Crown.

The trio of suspicious deaths began in April 2009 with the sudden and unexpected death of Bill Harrison, a 65-year-old in perfect health. At the time, Caleb was in prison for killing a taxi driver while driving drunk and his parents had gone to court and won access to his kids. ?I wasn?t willing to give it to them,? Merritt told Rice during the videotaped interview. ?I thought it was a lot of time for grandparents to have.?

On the day Bill?s body was found in the powder room of his family?s Mississauga home, the jury heard Merritt and Fattore disappeared with the children, packing up their house and driving out west.

?It was stupid,? she told Rice. ?I thought, 'we?re not tied to anything here. Screw it. Let?s go.'?

Merritt comes from a policing family: Her father is a retired Toronto Police officer and her brother currently works on the force. ?We didn?t tell anyone. I knew my parents wouldn?t approve.?

Meanwhile, the newly-widowed Bridget had no idea where her grandchildren had gone. She went to family court, won interim custody, and reported their disappearance to Peel Police. In November, 2009, Merritt was tracked to Nova Scotia and arrested for parental abduction. The kids were returned to their grandmother.

Five months later, Bridget, 63, was also dead under suspicious circumstances. Her eight-year-old grandson rode home from school after she failed to pick them up and found her lying in the front hallway.

Recounting her son?s discovery is the first time Merritt became emotional during the police interview. As for Caleb?s murder, she coolly described the news as being hit ?with a Mack Truck.?

They?d split in 2005 after he was charged ? and later convicted ? with assaulting her but they never got around to getting divorced. They?d been in and out of family court for years, with Caleb winning sole custody after Merritt pleaded guilty to parental abduction. She told Rice he was always badmouthing her to the children and she was going back to court to fight for shared custody.

Merritt last saw him at their daughter?s baseball game, she said. She was to return the kids to him the following day. Instead, an officer called to tell her not to come by the house; Caleb was dead.

Rice asked if Fattore had been with her the entire night. Was there any way he?d left without her knowing?

Her alibi for him was clear and unequivocal.

?Chris was out cold? when she woke at about 4 a.m. to give a bottle to the youngest of their four children, Merritt insisted. And at 6-foot-3 and about 300 pounds, ?he doesn?t tread lightly,? she explained with a loving smile. ?At no point did I know that he left the bed.?

The trial continues.
Hamilton / Re: Richard Kusch-43-Missing-July 29- Hamilton
« Last post by Long Gone on October 05, 2017, 06:41:27 AM »

UPDATE: Missing man, Richard Kusch found safe
NEWS Aug 09, 2017 by Laura Lennie
Hamilton police say a man believed to be travelling towards the Dundas area when he was reported missing, has been found.

Police confirmed Aug. 14 that Richard Kusch, 43, was located "in good health," on Aug. 8.
Northern Ontario / Re: Brayden Moonias -18-Homicide-Aug,6,2017-Thunder Bay-Ont.
« Last post by Long Gone on October 05, 2017, 06:37:55 AM »

Accused in Brayden Moonias homicide case makes first court appearance in Thunder Bay, Ont. court
22-year-old Patrick Elmer O'Keese remanded into custody
CBC News Posted: Sep 20, 2017

A 22-year-old Thunder Bay man charged with second-degree murder remains in custody after making a first appearance in court on Wednesday.

Patrick Elmer O'Keese was charged this week in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Brayden Moonias.

Moonias's body was found in the McVicar Creek area, next to the Marina Park overpass on Thunder Bay's north side, on the morning of August 6.

O'Keese was also charged with aggravated assault after a 52-year-old man was found injured nearby, on Cumberland Street N., shortly after the discovery of Moonias.

O'Keese appeared in court Wednesday morning, police said in a media release, and was remanded into custody until his next court date on September 22.

Grieving Inukjuak father skeptical no one in village of 1,800 has information on daughter's homicide
No arrest 2 months after 14-year-old Bethany Nastapoka Epoo found dead
By Catou MacKinnon, CBC News Posted: Sep 26, 2017

The father of a 14-year-old girl found dead two months ago less than 250 metres from her home in the northern Quebec village of Inukjuak is asking anyone with information about her death to come forward.

"I find it hard to believe that in such a small village that someone does not know who is responsible for the death of my daughter," Jobie Epoo said in a telephone interview with CBC.

Epoo, a former captain with the Kativik Regional Police Force, said if people are being threatened to stay quiet, they should not be afraid.

"You have to tell the police if you know any information, and they can quickly arrange protection until an arrest is made."

S?ret? du Qu?bec investigators described the death as a homicide from the beginning and have visited the community three times since July 22, when Nastapoka Epoo's body was discovered between her home and the local adult education centre.

The SQ remains tight-lipped about the investigation, but confirmed the existence of a video that has been shown to people in the community.

Epoo said it's surveillance footage from the adult education center that shows his daughter alive, walking in the direction of her home, at 4 a.m. the day she died.

He said someone else seen earlier on the video appears to be rushing in the same direction one minute after Bethany falls out of view.

Epoo said her body was found about a three-minute walk outside the range of the surveillance camera.

"It's the worst thing that can happen," said Epoo. "It's one thing to lose a daughter, but death in that way is even worse. It is really, really bad and hard to accept."

Epoo said since there have not been any arrests, people are looking over their shoulders, locking their doors and no longer staying out late.

He is also asking young people to avoid going out alone, and to keep their headphones in their pockets so they're aware of their surroundings.
Jobie Epoo and his wife Maina Nastakpoka welcomed Bethany into their lives through a traditional adoption, when they couldn't have children of their own.
"She meant everything to us," he said. "We were very close for years and years." Epoo said. He also said she was growing up quickly, and sometimes stayed out late or overnight at a friend's home.

Epoo remembered his wife saying their daughter "would be home soon" after Bethany failed to turn up to a nephew's birthday party on July 22.

Epoo began to worry around supper time, after some of her friends started to call looking for her. Then he saw the  flashing lights of police cruisers from the window of his home.

"I went to see the police officers guarding the scene, and from there, it started to be quite possible that it could be my daughter."

Epoo and his family had to wait until the following day for Suret? du Qu?bec officers to arrive to confirm his daughter was the victim of a homicide.

"It was the most horrible thing that can happen to any family, and it happened to us this time around," he said.

Toronto / Re: Kahsai Semereab-77-Missing-Aug 23,2017-Toronto
« Last post by Long Gone on October 05, 2017, 06:10:10 AM »

Man, 77, with dementia not seen for a week has been found: Toronto police

Toronto police have found a 77-year-old man with dementia who was missing for a week.

Kahsai Semereab, 77, was last seen leaving his home in the Don Mills Road and St. Dennis Drive area, near Eglinton Avenue East, at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 23.

Toronto police said he was found on Aug. 31.

It?s not yet known where or how he was found, or what condition he was in.

Double homicide: Police seek video to help solve Vancouver killing
'We want to know who did this. We want to hold them accountable,' say police
CBC News Posted: Oct 03, 2017

Vancouver police are appealing to the public to provide video and details to help solve the double homicide of Dianna Mah-Jones and her husband Richard Jones on Sept. 26.

Investigators are looking for any video footage from surveillance or dash cameras in the Marpole neighbourhood where the couple were found dead.

Detectives are interested in the zone from West 58th to 70th avenues between Oak and Granville streets.

They are interested in the time between noon on Sept. 26 until noon the next day.
Police are also looking for any discarded items left near the scene.

They are trying to track the movements of homicide victim Richard Jones, as they are trying to build a timeline to account for his activities.
"We want to know who did this. We want to hold them accountable," said Const. Jason Doucette.

"This couple is going to be missed beyond belief."

Police discovered the two bodies after officers were called to the couple's small blue house at West 64th Avenue and Hudson Street last Wednesday afternoon to check on the well-being of the residents.

They were Vancouver's 14th and 15th homicide of 2017.

Mah-Jones was an occupational therapist at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre. She had worked for Vancouver Coastal Health for 35 years and was described as a "much-loved" colleague.

On Friday, Vancouver Police conducted a grid search in the blocks surrounding West 62nd Avenue and Cartier Street, where the couple's 2014 white Kia Soul was found the night before, about six blocks from the crime scene.


Vancouver double homicide may have been a random attack, police say
'There is nothing so far to suggest this was anything but a random crime': VPD asks public to be vigilant
By Liam Britten, CBC News Posted: Sep 29, 2017

Police have identified the victims of a double homicide in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Marpole and say there is nothing so far to indicate it was anything more than a random attack.

"That's why we are asking the public to look out for one another, and report anything suspicious to 911," said VPD spokesperson Const. Jason Doucette in a news release.

Police have identified the victims as Dianna Mah-Jones, 65, and Richard Jones, 68 and say they were married.

"This investigation is a top priority for the VPD," said Doucette.

The VPD says its homicide unit is working "around the clock" to solve the crime.

Police discovered the couple's bodies after they were called to the small blue house at West 64th Avenue and Hudson Street Wednesday afternoon to check on the well-being of the residents.

They are Vancouver's 14th and 15th homicide of 2017.
A spokesperson for Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed that Mah-Jones was an occupational therapist at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

She worked for the health authority for 35 years and was described as a "much-loved" colleague.

"Dianna will be remembered as someone who went above and beyond to make a difference for her patients and missed by all who knew her," VCH said in a news release.

According to a VCH blog post, Mah-Jones spent time as director of occupational therapy for the rehabilitation centre and was named B.C.'s Health Care Hero in June.

"A hero is someone who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities," the blog post read. "Dianna Mah-Jones has all of those characteristics and then some."

She was lauded for her ingenuity and was even credited with helping invent unique rehab tools.

She designed a latex collar for a woman with muscular dystrophy and a wooden pulley-operated feeding tower for a man who needed to eat while standing.

On Friday, Vancouver Police conducted a grid search in the blocks surrounding West 62nd Avenue and Cartier Street, where the couple's 2014 white Kia was found the night before, about six blocks from the crime scene.

The couple's next-door neighbour, Richard Guenther, 51, says his car ? parked in front of his house ? was broken into the night the homicides are thought to have occurred.

He says his wife saw Mah-Jones' vehicle drive off at 10:30 p.m. PT, which they both thought was odd because Mah-Jones and her husband don't go out at night.

They heard no commotion next door.

The next morning, Guenther noticed his neighbour's back door was wide open. He thought that was concerning.

It remained open for a couple of hours, then appeared to have been closed.

He says he left home for a few hours, and when he came back, police had the house taped off.

No Airbnb booking at time of homicide

Mah-Jones and her husband had an AirBnB in the basement of their house with a keybox but Guenther says he and his wife last saw visitors a week and a half ago.

Airbnb Canada's press secretary, Lindsey Scully, confirmed that there was no reservation for the listing at the time of the double murder.

"We've been working with the Vancouver Police Department," Scully said.

"Obviously, we are very upset to hear this. It's an awful incident and tragic for the community, and we are thinking of them and their family, of their friends and family at this time."

Ottawa / Mary Papatsie -40- Missing -April 2017 - Ottawa -Ont.
« Last post by Long Gone on October 05, 2017, 05:10:29 AM »

Somebody out there has to know:' Police, family plea for information about Inuit woman missing since April


Mary Papatsie has not been seen in more than 150 days.

During those five months, there has been little public attention to her disappearance. There has been no mass mobilization.

Just a few police news releases, and a growing sense of despair among those who loved her.

Her family clings to a stubborn hope ? that someone, somewhere must know something.

The Ottawa woman, a mother of 10, seems to be slowly but surely fading into the ranks of Canada?s missing and murdered Indigenous women.

As families and supporters of missing and murdered women gathered at Parliament Hill on Wednesday for a national vigil, Papatsie?s disappearance was briefly captured a spotlight that has largely eluded it, the still-raw pain of her family and friends on full display.

?Somebody out there has to know. There has to be someone out there. Please give us information and give us hope,? said her brother, July Papatsie.

?I just want to say if she?s still out there, do the right thing.?

The Inuit woman has lived in Ottawa for about 10 years. Papatsie, who turned 40 in September, may have been living on the street on Montreal Road at the time of her disappearance. She was known to frequent the area across the street from the Jean Coutu drugstore in Vanier at the corner of Montreal Road and B?gin Street.

The last credible sighting of her was in late April, according to police.

Her disappearance, however, went unreported for five weeks, layering time onto the other difficulties authorities face in locating her.

On June 11, police released their first terse bulletin, requesting the public?s help. Papatsie was described as five feet, two inches tall, 140 to 160 pounds, with long, straight hair and a scar above her left eye from a piercing.

By July 17, the investigation had been upgraded, with the Ottawa police major crime unit taking over the file ?due to some red flags suggesting this isn?t just a case of a missing person.?

Major crimes unit Staff Sgt. Bruce Pirt said police are following every lead.

?We?ve had boots on the ground for a long time,? he said.

July Papatsie, Mary?s niece Charlotte Lee and Rachel Quinn, the adoptive mother of Papatsie?s youngest son, Joshua, all stood on the steps of Parliament Hill on Wednesday with photos of the woman who was raised in Pangnirtung on Baffin Island.

She also has two sisters in town, said her brother. She was often in contact with family members. Her oldest children are teens. Two of her children have been adopted and two others are no longer in her care, but friends and family said Papatsie was a loving woman whose disappearance has been painful to all who knew her.

?She was really caring. She would always make sure that me and my son were OK and we had everything we needed,? said Charlotte Lee. ?She would give her last water to help people who were on the street.?

Rachel Quinn said she adopted Joshua when he was 10 weeks old. He is now 4 1/2 years old. Joshua has only met his biological mother twice, but both occasions have been among the happiest of Quinn?s life, she said. She said she has made it her mission to draw attention to the disappearance.

?The more publicity, the better,? said Quinn. ?It just takes one person to see her face. She?s a mother and a sister and a friend. Many, many people miss her. These people need to know and deserve to know.?

Papatsie has a deep and immense love for her children, even if she couldn?t care for them, said Quinn.

?She was strong, she was opinionated and she loved to laugh,? she said. ?The first time she met Josh, she hugged and cuddled him. I want his to know his ?anaana? (Inukitut for mother).?

The last time Quinn saw Papatsie, Joshua?s mother was in a square dance competition with another family member. Papatsie won the competition, she gave the prize, a mug and a T-shirt, to Joshua, even though the shirt was much too big for the little boy.

?I have nothing but good things to say about her. She is sweet and sincere, and I hope she and Josh get to know each other. That?s who he is. He comes from her,? Quinn said.

On Wednesday, police said the disappearance was not necessarily a case of foul play, but it is suspicious.

?Anytime there are no sightings or financial transactions being made by the person missing, it?s concerning,? said Pirt, the police staff sergeant. ?We need more information, and someone in the community knows something that can help solve this case.?

People have come forward with theories about her disappearance, ?but none of it has come to fruition,? Pirt said.

Papatsie may have been wearing black jogging pants, a brown T-shirt, and blue and orange flip-flop sandals when she was last seen and may also have been carrying a purple and black backpack filled with clothing. Posters have been distributed around Montreal Road and RCMP investigators in the North have been enlisted in the search.

July Papatsie said his sister had an apartment in the west end, but she didn?t like being there because she felt it was haunted.

?She would see figures. She asked to be moved,? he said.

Asked if he had any idea where she might be, her brother said he has no clue. ?There were so many rumours. I stopped listening to them. It was too stressful.?

Quinn said reports of seeing Papatsie after late April have surfaced. Papatsie had a boyfriend in Carleton Place, and it was believed she was with him in April. However, there have also been reports that she was seen with another man on Montreal Road, possibly May 4 and 11. He was described as young and clean-cut. If the reports are accurate, they are later than the last sighting accepted by police.

Quinn questioned why investigators have not released a description of this man. ?We have all said ?You need to be looking for this person,?? she said adding that police have not told her much about the progress of the investigation.

On Wednesday, numerous speakers urged the government and police to investigate missing Indigenous women thoroughly and to be sensitive to the pain of their families.

Quinn read a statement from Papatsie?s niece, Tracy Sarazin.

?I feel angry at the inequities that Mary and far too many Indigenous women and girls experience,? said Sarazin?s message. ?I feel bothered by the number of people that lack empathy and use phrases like ?their lifestyle choices.? It is often not a choice and out of one?s control when they find themselves in tough situations and it does not make them any less important.?

London / Re: Jacqueline English - London, ON - Murdered - 1969
« Last post by Jesa on October 04, 2017, 09:54:41 PM »
I realize that I repeat myself but I am at a loss when it comes to expressing my awe to the faithful, loyal group that return year after year to walk with Jackie. I am forever amazed by their genuine dedication to my sister & grateful for the help & support they afford me. Jackie will NEVER walk alone.....they walk with her & I am blessed by their presence. Thank you is inadequate....but thank you to each of you & the many others with thoughts of Jackie tonight.
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