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Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« on: August 13, 2007, 10:20:45 AM »
A 22 year old Island View, New Brunswick, woman was last seen alive as she was walking along the Trans Canada highway at Island View on August 22nd, 1979. On April 21st, 1996, skeletal remains were found in a garbage bag by a man out walking along the Valley Trail just outside Fredericton. The remains were later positively identified as being those of Dora FERGUSON and it was determined that she had been murdered.

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 08:10:59 PM »
Despere: How is it possible that a garbage bag could hold such contents for 18 years and not be discovered sooner.?Thanks for your post.  What kind of community was it? Lots of garbage laying around?  How terrible. Sometimes, I do become a bit frustrated, about such things, as to how a human being is treated and becomes garbage. Were there not any searches done for her, or is this a one hick town that is so  violent, and that it is all that they know.  Remind me never to travel through there.

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 02:39:32 PM »
It's too bad so little is known of Dora Ferguson other than a vague RCMP report.  She was only 22 and must have had family in the area.  I mean she was "last seen" ..obviously by someone who knew and recognized her...
And 18yrs later her skeletal remains were found in a garbage bag, in the same general area she was last seen.  18 years is a very long time for a garbage bag to remain intact while exposed to the elements. 

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010, 06:51:22 PM »
One would think that the garbage bag would be quite disintegrated.  Holes in it, weathered beaten.  I know that plastic takes a long time to disintegrate, but after 18 years, it would not be in good condition. LE would
know, and should be able to trace the age of the bag.  They should be able to tell if her remains were dug up and placed in a bag, and then dumped.  Do they have the resources, and how much time would they spend upon a crime committed 18 years ago.  That remains a big question.

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2011, 06:13:24 AM »
I think that the garbage bag was found so many years later because a portion of the Canada trail system was built overtop of where it was found. Does anyone have any more information on this case? I understand that she has a son who was just a fews years old when this happened. Very disturbing case as it is so close to where I live.

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2012, 07:22:08 AM »
I read this case today, and wondered how many women's remains have been found in garbage bags and the garbage bag found along the highway. I hope this type of evidence can be put into a database to see how many others of like can be found. For instance in 2006 in Moncton a human skull was also found in a white plastic bag in a wooded area alongside Dunbar Road. (see story below) Maybe a break in one case can lead to the perp of another. Just a thought.

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Ferguson, Dora : Murder - File 2006-124115

22-year-old Dora Ferguson of Island View, N.B. was last seen alive as she was walking along the Trans Canada Highway at Island View on August 22, 1979. On April 21, 1996, skeletal remains were found in a garbage bag by a man out walking along the Valley Trail just outside Fredericton, N.B. The remains were later positively identified as being those of Dora Ferguson and it was determined that she had been murdered.

Should you have any information on the murder of Dora Ferguson, please contact the RCMP Major Crime Unit (South) at 506-452-3491 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nb/prog_services/unsolved_crimes-crimes_non_resolus/index-eng.htm

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Found Human Skull - File 2006-1396744

On November 25, 2006, what appeared to be a human skull was found in a wooded area alongside Dunbar Road (near Route 8), Durham Bridge, N.B. The skull was located inside a white plastic bag. It was believed that the skull had been in this location for approximately four to five years. A forensic examination of the skull revealed that the skull belonged to a male who was between 20 and 55-years-old at the time of death nut most likely between 20 and 34-years-old.

Should you have any information pertaining to this matter, please contact the RCMP Major Crime Unit (South) at 506-452-3491 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nb/prog_services/unsolved_crimes-crimes_non_resolus/index-eng.htm

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 10:54:47 AM »
Hey Concerned,

Just noted this while reviewing old posts on here, Dunbar road is much closer to Fredericton that Moncton :)
Just in the event anyone sees this post and it triggers a thought.

I read this case today, and wondered how many women's remains have been found in garbage bags and the garbage bag found along the highway. I hope this type of evidence can be put into a database to see how many others of like can be found. For instance in 2006 in Moncton a human skull was also found in a white plastic bag in a wooded area alongside Dunbar Road. (see story below) Maybe a break in one case can lead to the perp of another. Just a thought.

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Found Human Skull - File 2006-1396744

On November 25, 2006, what appeared to be a human skull was found in a wooded area alongside Dunbar Road (near Route 8), Durham Bridge, N.B. The skull was located inside a white plastic bag. It was believed that the skull had been in this location for approximately four to five years. A forensic examination of the skull revealed that the skull belonged to a male who was between 20 and 55-years-old at the time of death nut most likely between 20 and 34-years-old.

Should you have any information pertaining to this matter, please contact the RCMP Major Crime Unit (South) at 506-452-3491 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).
http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/nb/prog_services/unsolved_crimes-crimes_non_resolus/index-eng.htm

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 08:55:57 PM »
Thanks for the update GSAR-Mbr

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2017, 11:37:37 AM »
I am doing some research digging and will be posting historical news articles relating to some of the cases on here to add in details. The below article from the Daily Gleaner was published April 20th 1999

Police are continuing to piece together the homicidal jigsaw puzzle involving Dora Ferguson.

It's been three years since Ferguson's bones were discovered in a garbage bag under a partly burned tire along the Valley Trail at Island View. Dental records were used to identify her remains.

While the tips have dried up, investigators are in possession of some good evidence, said Staff Sgt. Jacques Ouellette, the officer in charge of the Major Crimes Unit at J Division in Fredericton.

"Hopefully with that information, something might come up" that will lead to the case being concluded, Ouellette said. "The consideration is that when you do these types of investigations, we only have one shot at the cat, which means we have to have all our 'i's' dotted and 't's' crossed.

"Because of that one shot, we have to make sure it is the right one."

Ferguson was last seen alive on Aug. 22, 1979, walking along the Trans-Canada Highway. She was 22 years old at the time and the mother of a five-year-old child.

Ouellette, while declining to be pinned down, said there are "some people" investigators are looking at more than others.

"There's still things to look at and there's still people to eliminate. What is difficult with this file was that we went on two occasions out west and we did quite a few interviews in Alberta (Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary).

"A lot of people have left the province here and it is difficult to get hold of them on occasion."

Wednesday will mark three years since Ferguson's remains were found.

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Re: Dora Ferguson - 1979 - Island View, NB - Murdered
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 11:39:39 AM »
Historical Article from July 16th 2004 from the Times - Transcript; Moncton
Dora Ferguson had her long hair cut short for a photograph she wanted taken.

She had a steady job waitressing and was looking after her five-year-old son after a break-up with her husband.

On the night of Aug. 21, 1979, she and a female friend had been out to a licenced establishment for the evening and then Dora Ferguson headed for home walking along the Trans-Canada Highway at Island View near Fredericton in the early hours of Aug. 22.

The 22-year-old was seen by others walking alone. Then she vanished close to home.

Searches of the area were conducted after her disappearance without finding a single clue to her fate.

The case went stone cold until April 1996 when a local college student walking his dog along the Valley Trail just outside Fredericton noticed a garbage bag under a scorched tire and investigated.

Inside were the skeletal remains of Dora Ferguson.

The identify was confirmed by the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto after examination of the teeth.

The case was ruled a homicide because of circumstances, but police never said if they had a cause of death or other clues as to what might have happened.

Investigators with the Fredericton City Police and RCMP Major Crime Unit declined comment on their findings in the event the killer was found. They didn't want others coming forward with information that only the killer should have.

The investigation immediately reopened, beginning with intense searches of the area where the bones were found.

Ferguson's employer mentioned her telling him she planned to cut her hair for a photograph before her disappearance. The next time he saw her was in a photograph with her hair cut short. City police were using the photograph as part of their missing person investigation, said media reports.

"She was last seen walking on the Trans-Canada Highway and nobody ever saw her again," Fredericton Police Sgt. Eric Carr told local media. "We didn't know if she had gotten into a car or walked into the river.

"We checked the islands and the shoreline on both sides of the river for a couple of days but never found her," he said in 1996. "Police also went door-to- door asking if anyone had seen her. The bones were found in close proximity to where we were looking," Sgt. Carr said.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jim McAnany promised to "leave no stone unturned" in the search for clues but also admitted at the time that the task ahead was a difficult one. "These cases are difficult at the best of times. We are behind here by 17 years." That was eight years ago.

Anyone who has information that could assist police is asked to contact RCMP Major Crime Unit at 1-506-452-3491 or e-mailing RCMP at jdiv.mcu@rcmp-grc.gc.ca, or else contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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