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Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« on: October 20, 2011, 08:22:05 AM »
The body of a 36-year-old teacher and mother of two was found Oct. 13 at her home in Parkland County. Jolene Cote had been working at Greystone Centennial Middle School for the last three years.

A co-worker said that Cote was very passionate about her profession. Principal Caroyln Cameron said Cote took time to connect with her students.

"For me, the difference between a good teacher and an excellent teacher is a teacher that's able to reach those hard to reach kids, to make the time to help them see the potential that they have and Jolene did that with kids, those kids will remember her," she said, adding Cote first impressed her during the job interview.

"The most important thing that stands out for me and our colleagues and our students and the families, is her relationships and how she put herself into every situation, and every experience with people."

The service will be held this Friday at 11 a.m. in the West Meadows Baptist Church on 199 St.

Greystone Centennial will be shut down so students and staff can attend. Fellow teachers will be serving as honour guard during the service.

Police said they have no suspects and are still investigating.

An autopsy was conducted but the cause of death has not been released.

An assembly was held last week, to inform students of Cote's death. A critical incidence response team was also there to help students deal with the shocking news.

Messages have been posted on Facebook since news of Cote's death spread, messages of condolence coming from students, neighbours and relatives.

RCMP have asked anyone with information about the homicide to call Spruce Grove RCMP at 780-962-2222 or Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7267. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling, 1-800-222-8477 or by clicking here.



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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2011, 02:35:16 PM »
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Husband+collapses+emotional+memorial/5592491/story.html
Husband collapses at emotional memorial
Family, friends, students mourn loss of murdered teacher
 By Jana G. Pruden, Edmonton Journal October 22, 2011

The husband of slain Spruce Grove teacher Jolene Cote fell to one knee, wracked with sobs, as he approached his wife's picture in the front of a crowded Edmonton church on Friday.

After a moment, Michael Cote gathered the couple's small daughter in his arms and carried her to one of the front pews, where he sat surrounded by family, weeping as the funeral began.

About a thousand people attended the memorial for the well-liked Grade 9 teacher, who was found dead inside her Parkland County home at about 6 a.m. on Oct. 13, after police received a 911 call about an injured person.

Police have since confirmed Cote's death was a homicide, but are saying little else about the case. No arrests have been made.

Friday's memorial was an emotional goodbye to the 36-year-old mother of two, whose murder has shocked left her family and friends and the community.

People in the room wept openly as they looked at pictures of Cote projected on an overhead screen, and heard her described as a caring teacher, a great friend, and a woman devoted to friends and family.

"It's amazing how many people were touched and influenced by Jolene," Cote's uncle, Jamie Service said.

Service described his niece as "a special, good-hearted woman" who lived life to the fullest, and made a significant impact on people's lives.

"Jolene Cote's legacy will be that she made everyone around her a happier, better person," he said.

Cote's son, Ayden, and daughter, Adison, aged six and four, sat quietly throughout the hour-long service. Adison clutched a stuffed animal and cuddled with relatives.

Among those in the crowd were many of Cote's students and former students at Greystone Centennial Middle School, which was closed for the day to allow staff and students to attend.

Greystone principal Carolyn Cameron said Jolene Cote has left staff and students with "a lot of moments, a lot of memories, a lot of love."

Cameron described Cote's deep care for her students, including keeping noodle soup in her classroom in case one of her students was hungry.

Cameron said Cote often shared personal aspects of her life with students, and sometimes brought her children to the school to visit.

"That woman could fit more life and more love into one day than most of us could in an entire week," she said.

Pastor Wendell Wiebe said he hadn't seen Cote for years, but was so shaken when he heard about her death that he could barely stand.

He also voiced the question on the minds of so many attending the memorial: "How do we process something as tragic as this?"

The family has set up a trust fund that may be used as a reward "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for committing this horrible crime."

Friend Bruce Kolody read aloud a poem he had written expressing anger, helplessness, and confusion in the wake of Cote's violent death.

"This has to be a nightmare," he said.

He said his last memory of Cote is of seeing her at the school with her children.

After the service, Mike Cote again approached his wife's picture, which was set up on a table among an array of fall flowers.

As he stared at Jolene's smiling face, he began to sob, collapsing into the arms of those around him.

He, their children, and the rest of Cote's family then left the chapel in silence.

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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 11:49:54 PM »
This is so tragic. :'( :'(

It says nothing about an alarm system and I don't know why people living in somewhat isolated areas, especially off H 16, don't have security systems. Initially they cost a nice bundle but upkeep is minimal and well worth it.

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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2011, 02:42:20 PM »
Updated: Sat Oct. 29 2011 18:39:04

Chandra Lye, ctvedmonton.ca

RCMP may have found some answers in the murder of Spruce Grove teacher Jolene Cote.

Air and ground crews searched for clues in Parkland County on October 29.

Teams were focusing on a small lake area near the home where Jolene Cote was found murdered.

Although it was clear they found something police did not elaborate.

"In this type of search we find all kinds of items," Sgt. Patrick Webb told CTV News, "But whether it's anything of value or has any connection to the investigation is something to be determined later on."

Neighbours in the area have been worried about their safety since Cote was found dead in her home on October 13.

"I'm worried about my family, my wife and kids," Richard Abel said.

"The sooner they can find something the better."

"We don't know how she died," Gary Woolger explained, "So all the women around here are freaked out. We're in lock-down right now."

Anyone with information has been asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from Sean Amato


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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2011, 10:52:56 AM »
I am praying the police soon come up with something to solve this case.  Not much updates on it so hope they are actively working on it.

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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2011, 12:49:31 PM »
Police are keeping very "mum" about this case. All they said was "know your neighbors". That comment hits, imo.

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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2011, 01:39:21 PM »
Did the police say that they found something of interest in the pond/lake by their home when they searched it?

Know your neighbours?  wow - now there is a clue.  Somehow I am thinking of a young person who lives in that area.


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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2011, 02:33:51 PM »
JB, it's all in the first link you supplied on this thread. Also I don't recall anything being said about the lake side search.


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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2011, 05:06:54 PM »
Re: Lake search.

Found it!!

http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20111029/EDM_parklandsearch_111029/20111029?hub=EdmontonHome

Police search lake for clues in Cote murder


RCMP set up a command centre on October 29 as they search an area near the home of Jolene Cote. The 36-year-old mother of two was found murdered at her home in Parkland County on October 13.


 Updated: Sat Oct. 29 2011 18:39:04

Chandra Lye, ctvedmonton.ca
 
RCMP may have found some answers in the murder of Spruce Grove teacher Jolene Cote.

Air and ground crews searched for clues in Parkland County on October 29.
 
Teams were focusing on a small lake area near the home where Jolene Cote was found murdered.
 
Although it was clear they found something police did not elaborate.
 
"In this type of search we find all kinds of items," Sgt. Patrick Webb told CTV News, "But whether it's anything of value or has any connection to the investigation is something to be determined later on."
 
Neighbours in the area have been worried about their safety since Cote was found dead in her home on October 13.
 
"I'm worried about my family, my wife and kids," Richard Abel said.
 
"The sooner they can find something the better."
 
"We don't know how she died," Gary Woolger explained, "So all the women around here are freaked out. We're in lock-down right now."
 
Anyone with information has been asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
 
With files from Sean Amato

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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2011, 01:12:26 AM »
Thanks for that. I hope they have some clues from that search that relates to Cote. The neighbors are afraid, however the police claim it doesn't appear random. For sure then they know something. Although she was a well loved teacher, there's always a possibility some kid or parent was unhappy about something.


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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2011, 09:17:47 AM »
I wonder if anything was taken from the home? I gather that her family must have been out at the time, and that she was alone?
Perhaps this investigation is taking a different turn from the original "know your neighbours", although the police have said little, and probably won't until an arrest is made. It could also be from someone who does not live in that area.
Scary stuff.   Who is safe in their homes?

JB


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Re: Jolene Cote 36 - Murdered - October 13, 2011 - Edmonton, AB
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2011, 12:17:12 PM »
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RCMP have released few details surrounding the homicide of 36-year-old Jolene Maria Cote. She was found dead last Thursday in her large, new house that sits on a one-acre parcel in a subdivision northeast of Spruce Grove.

Police received a 911 call reporting an injured person around 6 a.m. When they arrived, they found Cote. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Excerpt from your article above. Seems all would have been home, a school night. Perhaps she was used to getting up early to work on school things and interrupted a would be burglar? Or she was working late when the family was already in bed and someone broke in?