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Missing: John Stephen Sparrow-Missing from Kingston_Ontario since 1 May 2001

Johnny was last seen leaving a McDonald’s Restaurant and getting into a black truck as a passenger

He has a receding hairline and wears glasses

See poster for further details

Police plead for info on 1998 murder of Evelyn Stewart in Winnipeg
Case is part of Project Devote, which is focused on missing and murdered persons
CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2015 9:23 AM CT Last Updated: Feb 25, 2015 4:22 PM CT

The police task force behind Project Devote — an investigation into missing and murdered persons in Manitoba — is asking the public for information on the 17-year-old murder of Evelyn Stewart.

The task force has conducted more than 130 interviews in the case but believe there are more people out there who can help them.

"I have to admit some of those people have been interviewed not once, not twice, [but] some three times and we'll talk to them four or five or six, seven times," said Winnipeg police Detective-Sergeant Randy Levasseur, the lead investigator on the case.

Stewart, 25, was found just after 5 a.m. on the morning of March 20, 1998, in the parking lot of Gateway Industries on Point Douglas Avenue, by employees of the company. She was still alive but was suffering from massive trauma to the head.

The trauma was so severe that the first officers on the scene couldn't determine whether the victim was a man or a woman.

Stewart was pronounced dead 45 minutes later in hospital.

Stewart was a sex trade worker in the area and last seen alive at 3 a.m. that same morning in the area of the Mount Royal Hotel, a few blocks from Gateway Industries, police said, adding that the level of violence in her death strongly suggests the person or persons responsible were known to her and that she was likely targeted.

"We believe her killer was known to her and that this was not a random attack. Someone needs to step forward and help solve the murder of Evelyn Stewart," said Levasseur.

Stewart had an addiction to street drugs and supported the habit through the sex trade, police said. She was known to frequent the hotels and bars on the Main Street strip, including the Northern, Sutherland and Mount Royal hotels, as well as the area of Higgins Avenue just east of Main Street.

Investigations involving sex trade workers are often challenging because "their activities immediately prior to their death are hard to establish and previous customers are not likely or willing to step forward with information," police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Project Devote tipline at 1-888-673-3316, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


CTV Atlantic
Published Friday, January 17, 2014 11:34AM AST

Halifax Regional Police are renewing calls for clues in the 1999 shooting death of a man in Dartmouth.
Police responded to a report of an injured man at an apartment at 88 Queen Street at approximately 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 19, 1999.
The responding officers found Michael Joseph Peverill lying on the bedroom floor. They say he died from a gunshot wound.
Investigators say Peverill was last seen entering his apartment at 2 p.m. that day.
Peverill had moved into the apartment complex one week before his death but police say he knew and frequently visited the previous tenant.
Investigators say Peverill and the previous tenant were both known for having frequent visitors to conduct personal business and it was common to see a lot of pedestrian traffic in and out of the apartment.
Anyone with information on Peverill’s murder is asked to contact police.
The case is part of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program, which offers a cash reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in participating cases.

The John Deere backhoe sought in connection to the disappearance and believed homicide of a 23-year-old Mississauga man has been found in Niagara Falls on Thursday.

At a news conference Wednesday, Det. Dave Dickinson said investigators believe Shawn Kapadia, 22, was murdered at a home on Foundry Avenue in the Lansdowne Avenue and Dupont Road area on Sunday, July 5 — the day he was last seen alive.

He was reported missing by his parents on July 10.

As of July 22, the body of Kapadia had not been located said Dickinson.

Police believe after his murder, Kapadia’s body was moved to the Niagara region and Police were looking for a stolen or borrowed John Deere backhoe that may have been used to dispose of his body.

“This backhoe was seen leaving the (Wainfleet) address on July 12…carrying a large block of concrete in the front bucket,” Dickinson said.

Investigators are still looking for the concrete block that the backhoe was seen carrying on July 12.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Detective Dave Dickinson at 416-808-7400, extension 77418.

Winnipeg - After 1990 / Re: Brent Staple | Missing | June 2009
« Last post by jellybean on July 24, 2015, 09:38:09 PM »
It does seem cruel but there are two sides to every story and often the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  Maybe he didn't feel he could "come out" and be accepted by his family.

Funny, you should say that justsaying - I posted a similar thought when he first disappeared.  But leaving behind his cell phone etc, threw me off. 
see post reply #6
photo from her obituary
Alberta Unsolved Murders & Missing People / Re: Jessie Foster
« Last post by SAP on July 24, 2015, 08:57:32 PM »
Thank you for the update. So many people's lives destroyed. Smooth talking handsome vultures in those vacation resorts are aplenty usually. Wining and dining beautiful, young and naive girls, getting their trust with talk of marriage, etc and the girls don't see it coming. Then come the drugs and control and life as they knew it is over as they become slaves. At least that is how I believe these men operate.
Since police have a name, hopefully they get on his trail soon. 
Alberta Unsolved Murders & Missing People / Re: Jessie Foster
« Last post by PandaBearKitty on July 24, 2015, 07:29:18 PM »

July 24, 2015 6:18 pm Updated: July 24, 2015 6:42 pm
Dead Oregon man could be linked to Calgary woman missing for 9 years

CALGARY – An Oregon man shot dead by a prostitute in West Virginia on Saturday is now being investigated in connection with a number of unsolved cases, including one that involves a Calgary woman.

A 21st birthday trip to Las Vegas turned into a permanent move for Jessie Foster nine years ago. Just months after she settled in, Foster stopped calling home, quit using her credit cards and her bank account went idle. She’s been missing ever since.

“I do believe Jessie is alive,” said her mother, Glendene Grant on Friday. “But I want answers, and not only the ones I wanted. I will accept what happened to Jessie and I will go on.”

For the past 10 years, Foster’s family has been dealing with uncomfortable details about their daughter’s life in Las Vegas. She had been arrested twice for prostitution—something her family is convinced she was seduced into unwillingly.

Sporadic leads have kept her mother clinging to hope. The investigation into Oregon’s Neal Falls is the latest. He’s also under investigation for a number of other unsolved cases involving women in Nevada.

“If this is what he was doing 10 years ago, there is a possibility,” said Grant. “I don’t believe she’s dead, but if she is, it is more likely this type of person that did something to her.”

Police uncovered a machete, shovel, axes, knives, handcuffs and a bottle of bleach inside Falls’ vehicle, along with a list of names of escorts. That evidence has led police to believe he may be linked to the disappearances.

Although separated, Foster’s parents travelled to Las Vegas years ago in a desperate effort to find any trace of their daughter. They handed out missing persons posters and approached people on the street to ask if she’d been spotted.

Foster’s father respectfully declined an interview with Global News on Friday. He said he’s consumed with depression and tortured by the unanswered questions. The last time he felt comfortable going public was eight years ago in an interview with Global News in his Calgary home.

“The dark thoughts come in — you close your eyes for a few minutes — and your thoughts invariably go to — my daughter,” he said. “I don’t even want to think about it, okay? Because those are the thoughts that rip you to pieces.”

Grant said Friday she’s trying to stay strong.

“I am never going to give up looking for Jessie. The love for her grows.”
© Shaw Media, 2015
General Discussion / Re: People missing in the bush of Northern Ontario
« Last post by trasker on July 24, 2015, 07:07:38 PM »
UPDATE:  On May 24, 2015, remains of Daniel were found by the MibSAR team.  We are relieved, now have an answer.  Our journey of uncertainty is over and we can now find peace.  A Celebration for Daniel was held on June 7th, which is also Daniel's birthday, he would have been 32.  For details, see the MibSAR website www.danieltrask.ca and Daniel's Book of Memories http://www.henrywalser.com/book-of-memories/2159215/Trask-Daniel/obituary.php .

Additional information is on Ottertooth under a new thread regarding Daniel's Recovery along with my updates: http://www.ottertooth.com/discus/show.cgi?tpc=3&post=19056#POST19056
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A garden of tears: the murder of Kathryn-Mary Herbert

A casefile of events and story related to the 1975 murder of Kathryn Mary Herbert (Sutton).

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