Author Topic: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970  (Read 16717 times)

goNgo

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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2014, 05:18:46 PM »
Soraya was mentioned in the recent "To Catch a Killer" episode on Lynda White.  Their lead theory is that the same person who killed Lynda White also likely killed Soraya.

She was also mentioned in a London Free Press (and Sun News affiliates) article about the recent TV shows, and the Jackie English case in particular. 

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The files were the starting point for Arntfield and his team. A report leaked to The Free Press that has been sent to the OPP links English's death, along with the deaths of Lynda White, who disappeared in 1968 and Soraya O'Connell, who vanished in 1970 to the same suspect. Both young women also vanished from London, their remains later found in the region.

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2014/03/22/western-university-professor-mike-arntfield-and-team-of-investigators-uncover-suspect-in-killing-of-jackie-english



Still thinking of you Soraya.


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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2014, 06:43:51 PM »
Quote: the body was about 40 feet from a dirt road in a slight depression.  Her remains - when discovered - were covered by a large piece of elm bark that may have been used by the killer to hide her body; it was also mentioned that a large diseased elm had been cut down there in 1971.  Bark may therefore have covered her body by chance. unquote.

If the diseased elm tree had been cut down in 1971, why is it that her remains were not discovered by the people cutting down the tree? Or by those who were pre checking the elm trees for disease in 1971?

In any event, the elm tree must have been very close to her remains in 1971, and she was murdered in 1970.

quote from post #4:

In a LFP article dated July 6, 1974, the police were of the opinion that the body was there the entire time since her disappearance.  In contrast, the chief pathologist estimated that death occurred between 9 and 18 months prior to the body being discovered.  He believe that it was possible that Soraya's body was there the entire time, but unlikely.



If the chief pathologist is right - then this places a different view on her disappearance. ie Where she was for that length of time, prior to her remains being found.
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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2014, 12:08:51 PM »
Based on the published description of where Soraya was found (relative to Stratford and highway 7), coupled with a description of an out of use garbage site, it is possible that the location shown here, a laneway leading into bush where it appears a refuse site may have previously existed (lane exits from Downie Rd. 122 near Line 15), is where the killer left Soroya.  The woodlot appears to contain some older trees, suggesting that it may have one time contained old dead elms.  The area appears to be a series of gravel pits or lime pits, with a series of small roads throughout that may have become a garbage dump site.  The nearest true refuse site is the Old Downie Dump - five miles north of here near Highway 8 (and its location is not consistent with reports in the LFP). 

Attachment 1 shows a dirt road leaving a Downie township road (consistent with reports in the LFP).

Attachment 2 shows a view of the woodlot (arrow) from the vantage point of the nearby CPR line as it crossed Line 15.
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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2014, 12:46:36 PM »
Maybe there is a mistake in when the tree was cut down, is it a known fact that it was 1971. Weather and elements would possibly make a difference in all of this, because it would be a year or so.  What time of the year was she murdered, was it summer or winter months. :o

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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2014, 12:57:52 PM »
Hi Capeheart,

It was August when she went missing.  I know that a lot of farmers around London were paid to maintain a woodlot on their farm property - as it would provide an additional source of income.  Hardwoods, especially Elm and Maple were planted.  Of course with Dutch Elm disease, many of these dead Elms would be seen in farm woodlots during the sixties .  What makes me think that it was not a farmers woodlot per se...but something that might have been corporate owned or publically owned is that "workers were cutting down the elms".  On most farm woodlots, the elms were simply left there to fall down on their own.    There is another woodlot, a bit further north along Downie Rd. 122 that also connects directly with the Township Rd.  Quite possibly it is a viable alternative to this locations - but otherwise there are not many woodlots that connect to a Downie township rd via a smallish dirt road. 

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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #20 on: April 03, 2015, 06:08:28 AM »
Hi, I'm with an investigative documentary program at the CBC called the fifth estate. We are looking into several cold cases. If any of you are, or know, the friends Soraya spent her last evening with, please get in touch with us at fifth@cbc.ca
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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
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Re: Soraya O'Connell - London, ON - Murdered - 1970
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2015, 11:27:12 AM »
Nancy Drew... from what I've heard , Soraya's family are not interested in anything to do with going public about her murder. Your best bet is with her friends