'Person of interest' investigated in Dorothy Woods disappearance
Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix
Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Friends and family of Dorothy Woods continue to search for the missing Saskatoon woman while Saskatoon police investigate a "person of interest" who was arrested on unrelated firearms charges.
Major crimes investigators have interviewed a 49-year-old man who they consider a person of interest in the suspicious disappearance of Woods, 45. The married mother of two was last seen leaving her home in the early morning of Nov. 12 and she has yet to contact family or friends.
The man appeared in Saskatoon provincial court Monday to face numerous firearms charges and charges related to uttering threats in separate incidents. He was remanded and appears in court again today.
The man's address in court documents is the same as Woods's Riel Crescent home, where she also ran the Artsy Fartsy Daycare. He was arrested and charged on Friday. Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence and searched it on Friday and Saturday.
It's unclear why a search warrant was required for Woods's own home.
"For whatever reasons, our investigators required warrants," police spokesperson Alyson Edwards said.
Police seized four guns from the home, including a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, a Davenport 10-gauge shotgun, an FN rifle and a CVA Apollo .50-calibre Muzzleloader, according to court documents. Charges range from unsafe storage of a firearm to possessing unlicensed firearms.
The charges of uttering threats stem from incidents involving two city men, with one incident happening on Nov. 15 and the second sometime between Nov. 6 and 16.
The major crimes unit is investigating the suspicious disappearance, which is unusual for a missing person case, Edwards said.
"Major crimes became involved early on when it became clear after speaking with friends and family that this is not typical behaviour for Dorothy Woods," Edwards said.
The person of interest was being interviewed about Woods and the threats when he was arrested on the firearms charges, Edwards said. Police are now interviewing new people and reinterviewing people.
Friends and family of Woods, who is an active member of the local roller derby community, have been door knocking throughout city neighbourhoods and distributing "missing" flyers in an organized effort to find her. Friends are taking the flyers to work, on trips outside the city and posting them in businesses.
Frank and Lawrence Carter, who are Woods's brothers, were in Prince Albert on Monday distributing the flyers.
"We're focused on finding our sister," Frank said.
The brothers praised the efforts of everybody who has helped search for Woods.
"Everybody's going hard and we appreciate that," Frank said. "We're dealing with the situation the best way we can and we're hoping for a positive outcome."
Police investigators appreciate the organized search effort headed by Woods's family and friends, Edwards said.
"It's by talking about it and getting information out there that we might become aware of information we didn't have be-fore," she said. "We need as much assistance from the public as possible."
Edwards said the up-dated "last seen" time was due to an error in the first news release about Woods, which said she was last seen leaving her home in the early morning of Nov. 11. Woods was reported missing earlier last week.
Investigators believe there has been no evidence yet to suggest Woods left Saskatoon.
"We have not had any information to indicate she has left town or is visiting another city," Ed-wards said.
Anyone with information about Woods or her disappearance is asked to call police at 975-8300.
© The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2011