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Tina Smithson 51 Missing (January 26, 2010) Pakenham
« on: March 11, 2010, 07:38:14 PM »
Missing woman sought near Pakenham
By KENNETH JACKSON, OTTAWA SUN
Last Updated: 26th January 2010, 12:29pm

Ontario Provincial Police are searching for a missing woman near Pakenham on Tuesday afternoon.

The search began Monday night when a person reported Tina Smithson, 51, may have fallen through some ice near 2993 10th Concession Rd. The area is off County Rd. 15 west of Pakenham and south of Arnprior.

Police told the Sun they were searching in the woods at the same address.

In a release, sent out moments later, police said Smithson last spoke to her husband, Raymond Smithson, on the phone around noon Monday.

They also said it's unknown what she was wearing or what direction of travel was taken.

"It is believed that she has left on foot from the residence, as her vehicle is still at the residence. She does not have her purse or any form of identification with her," said the release.

She is described as 5-foot-1 and 100 lbs.. She has short reddish/brown hair and a fair complexion.

http://www.ottawasun.com/news/ottawa/2010/01/26/12617781.html
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Re: Tina Smithson 51 Missing (January 26, 2010) Pakenham
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 08:38:47 PM »
Did anyone hear how Ms. Smithson passed?  When she went missing a story in the news mention that police believed she had left her residence on foot and that she fell through the ice, however I haven't seen any reports confirming this.  I'm curious as I have been keenly watching the reports that mention "falling in water" and women 30-60 missing without a trace. Being close to Ottawa has me wondering.

Here is a post I saw today on the memorial service. My thoughts and prayers to the family on what must be a very difficult time.

SMITHSON, Tina Missing since January 25th, Tina was finally found close to home on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010. Tina Marie Smithson of Pakenham at the age of 51 years. Dear daughter of Eddie Legree and of the late Heather (nee Porteous). Beloved wife and best friend of Ray. Cherished mother of Curtis, Scott and Brittni. Loved sister of Mike (Heather Roy) of Pakenham and Terry (Lynn) of Ottawa. Predeceased by a sister, Mary Ellen Legree. Dear sister-in-law of Terry Smithson of Pakenham and Linda Ross (Nick) of Norfolk, Virginia. Tina will be fondly remembered by her best friends, Denis and Beth Bucci of Pembroke. Friends may join us for visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home, 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Saturday from 2 to 4 and again from 6 to 7:45 p.m. A Candlelight Service to celebrate Tina's life will be conducted in the Pilon Family Chapel on Saturday evening at 8 o'clock. Rev. Debbie Roi of St. Andrew's United Church, Pakenham officiating. Cremation to follow. In memoriam, a donation made to the Huntington Society of Canada would be most appreciated by Ray and Tina's family.

http://www.legacy.com/CAN/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=140329345
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Re: Tina Smithson 51 Missing (January 26, 2010) Pakenham
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 09:09:24 PM »
OK, so this is getting even stranger. I guess I'm not the only one that is curious. Here a few comments posted from the following site:  http://yourottawaregionfromtheeditor.blogspot.com/2010/02/missing-woman.html

Notice the date of the post is February 4, 2010, (but the announcement of the body found appears to be March 3, 2010 and the memorial posted last, states she was found close to home March 3rd).  The editor  reports on February 4 that police "thought" she fell through the water and called the search off. The mayor felt the editor "should not delve into the story." Here is the post, then a few posted comments follow: 

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Feb 4, 2010

Missing woman

We were surprised to hear this week the OPP called off a search for a missing Pakenham woman. Tina Smithson disappeared on Jan. 26.

We called the police to confirm the search was over and learned they believed she fell through the ice of a nearby stream and was swept away.

We called the mayor of Mississippi Mills to learn how the community was dealing with this tragedy. We encountered a second surprise.

Al Lunney reacted with some hostility when our reporter reached him. To be fair, the mayor may know this family and was acting out of grief.

He felt we should not delve into the story.

I had hoped he would act as a spokesperson for his residents who undoubtedly are trying to come to grips with this loss.
Given we reported the OPP were looking for a missing local woman, we felt it prudent to tell our readers the search was over. And as I'm sure readers have many questions about this incident, we feel it's our role to try to find the answers.

We had a reporter visit Pakenham yesterday to talk to residents.

I hope to post a story online early next week.

POST COMMENTS

"Could she be linked to the William's murders??? Petewawa and Ottawa are not that far away... It is hard to grasp that she had fallen through the ice. If she lived close to the water and was familiar with the area, do you really think she could have fallen in??"

"I agree with that comment, I knew Tina and something doesn't sound right about her disapearance. Someone is hiding something."

"...I live on the water and I sure no where to walk and where not to walk..... Tina seems to fit the profile of the other two women, and all her belongings are at her house. Who's to say she wasn't out for her daily walk and walked into the path of the accused, that is where my concern originated from.. I hope if there was no evidence that our police are looking into maybe there is a connection."

"I smell a rat! Tina was not the type of person to put herself in jeopardy, she would not gamble with her own life. She loved her children! ... Tina deserves nothing less than our best efforts; we need to discover the truth about what happened to her. She was a wonderful, trustworthy, faithful and sincere woman! I miss you Tina."



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Re: Tina Smithson 51 Missing (January 26, 2010) Pakenham
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 09:23:55 PM »
Funeral held for Pakenham woman whose body was located last week
Posted March 12, 2010
Arnprior EMC
BY JEFF MAGUIRE

"The latest search was organized due to improvements in the late winter weather conditions. It was officers in the helicopter who made the discovery, an OPP spokesman told the EMC Monday. Officers on the ground were directed to the location and were able to make the recovery.  Family members had been conducting their own search. They requested further assistance from the police which was offered when better weather allowed an aerial search to be carried out, the police spokesman explains.  Mrs. Smithson had been the object of an intensive search in late January. At the time she was reported missing her husband Raymond Smithson told police he had last spoken to her at 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25."

..."It is unknown what she is wearing or what direction of travel was taken," an OPP news release explained. Police reported her vehicle was still at the residence and said she had not taken her purse or any form of identification with her.

She was described as 5' 1" tall and a slim 100 pounds. Full details of her appearance were made public on Jan. 26 with police first hoping someone would locate the missing lady.

http://www.emcarnprior.ca/20100312/news/Funeral+held+for+Pakenham+woman+whose+body+was+located+last+week