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Re: Mistie Murray - May 31, 1995 - Age 16 - Missing - Goderich
« Reply #60 on: March 24, 2017, 10:06:27 AM »
Construction workers find human skull while building backyard patio in Goderich
Workers were excavating soil when human remains found, police say
By Julia Whalen, CBC News  Posted: Mar 22, 2017 9:28 PM ET| Last Updated: Mar 23, 2017 8:58 AM ET

Ontario Provincial Police say a construction crew found human remains on a job site in Goderich Tuesday evening.

Huron County OPP responded to a call from workers at a property on St. George's Crescent around 8 p.m. saying the crew had found a partial human skull. A portion of the backyard had been excavated in January to prepare for spring construction and when crews arrive on the job site Tuesday, workers found the skull in the soil.

Police say the remains have been confirmed as human, but no other details have been released.

Members from the Huron County Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification Services and a forensic anthropologist from the Office of the Chief Coroner are investigating.


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Re: Mistie Murray - May 31, 1995 - Age 16 - Missing - Goderich
« Reply #61 on: March 25, 2017, 02:54:11 AM »
Thanks for posting the article, Debbie.
I hope we come across the results of the investigation.


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Re: Mistie Murray - May 31, 1995 - Age 16 - Missing - Goderich
« Reply #62 on: March 18, 2018, 01:02:49 PM »
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[size=-1]Page URL:[/size][size=-1]Tuesday, June 06, 2000[/size]
Who killed Misty Murray?[/b]
Donna Laframboise[size=-1]National Post[/size]  Five years ago last week, a 16-year-old girl named Mistie Murray went missing from her home in Goderich, Ont., a town of 7,500 on the shore of Lake Huron. Eleven days ago, a provincial watchdog ordered an independent review of how the police -- who laid an unsuccessful murder charge against Mistie's father -- have handled this case.
When their daughter disappeared, the lives of Anne and Steve Murray plunged into darkness. Frantic with worry, they spent the summer of 1995 searching for her. Every time the phone rang, their hopes rose and fell again.
That September, their nightmare got unbelievably worse. Despite the dozens of people who told police they'd spotted Mistie in nearby communities during the month of June, the investigating officers developed another theory. They said Steve had taken his daughter out on the lake on the last day of May, killed her for no apparent reason and thrown her body overboard.
We can only guess at the police psychology in this matter. One explanation is that it's more glamorous to be pursuing a murderer than tracking down a missing person. Another is that envy played a role. Steve was handsome, popular and successful. He ran one of the town's pubs, owned a speedboat and drove a new Trans Am convertible. Perhaps the temptation to tear down someone who seemed to have it all was too strong.
Whatever the reason, from the moment the handcuffs closed over Steve's wrists, the financial destruction of the Murray family was assured. While most of us prefer not to think about such things, the cost of defending one's self against a serious criminal charge wipes out all but the wealthiest -- no matter how innocent an accused person may be.
Legal bills are only the beginning. After the Murray's boat was impounded, its interior was vandalized in a search for evidence that never materialized. (In what appears to have been a sick ploy intended to fuel the local rumour mill, carpet, anchors and a seat from the boat were brought to the courthouse but never introduced at trial.) Exposed to the elements before being returned to the Murrays 19 months later, the boat had been soaked by rain and snow to the point where interior surfaces were coated with black mildew, and cutlery inside kitchen cupboards was covered with rust. Even after being cleaned up and repaired, it sold for half its former value.
As an accused murderer, Steve found it difficult to find work (the pub, too, was sold at a loss). "I put an ad in the paper to shovel driveways and sidewalks," he told the National Post in his first media interview last year. "I got another job cleaning public mail boxes around town."
When his three-week trial ended in mid-1997, the family's savings had been depleted and a pile of bills remained. The case against Steve was so preposterous the jury took only 45 minutes to throw it out, but that didn't change his financial situation one iota.
If police officers never made mistakes there'd be no need for judges and juries. But the role of such people is to ensure the police case is persuasive. In this instance, the jury unequivocally told the cops to return to the drawing board.
But rather than backing off, the police have spent the three years since Steve's acquittal insisting they're right. In March, CBC television's the fifth estate aired an interview with an Ontario Provincial Police spokesperson.
"Since the disappearance of Mistie Murray, have you found anything that would link her to being at the bottom of Lake Huron?" asked the interviewer.
"No, but we are going to continue to look," came the police response.
When the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services recently informed Anne, in a rare decision, that her complaints regarding police conduct "raise serious issues which the Commission wishes to have further examined," a small ray of light pierced her family's gloom. For the first time in years, it seems possible to her that police officers aren't just cowboys permitted to pursue their delusions indefinitely.
Anne continues to hope her daughter is alive, out there somewhere, and that they'll be reunited one day.


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Re: Mistie Murray - May 31, 1995 - Age 16 - Missing - Goderich
« Reply #63 on: August 29, 2018, 10:38:12 AM »
Human remains found in Goderich backyard ‘historical in nature,’ police say
March 23, 2017 7:44 pm

A partial human skull located in the backyard of a Goderich home on Tuesday could date back more than 100 years, Huron OPP said Thursday.

Officers had been called to a residence on St. George’s Crescent around 8 p.m. after a construction crew building a backyard patio on the property located the remains while working in the afternoon, police said.

Investigators said a portion of the yard had been excavated in January to prepare for springtime construction. When crew members returned to the site on Tuesday to build, they located the remains in the excavated soil.

A forensic anthropologist from the Office of the Chief Coroner attended the scene, and police released an update on Thursday, saying investigation had determined the remains were “historical in nature” and were “possibly from the 1800s.”

No further information has been released. In their initial release about the matter on Wednesday, police said the skull portion was all that had been located.

According to provincial police, their investigation into the discovery has ended, adding they left the scene around 5 p.m. Wednesday.


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Re: Mistie Murray - May 31, 1995 - Age 16 - Missing - Goderich
« Reply #64 on: September 17, 2019, 08:19:56 PM »
Misties father passed away in August of 2018