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RCMP seek missing woman, 20, from Apohaqui
Jessica Miller hasn't been seen since Friday and family is concerned for her well-being

CBC News Posted: Jul 13, 2015 12:59 PM AT Last Updated: Jul 13, 2015 4:25 PM AT

RCMP in Sussex are asking for help from the the public to locate a missing 20-year-old woman.

Jessica Miller hasn't been heard from since a text message on Saturday. (Submitted by RCMP)

Jessica Ann Miller of Apohaqui was reported missing by her family on Sunday. Miller hasn't been seen since Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The last contact with her was a text message on Friday. Miller has not been heard from since.

Miller's family told police her disappearance is out of character and they are concerned for her well-being.

Miller is approximately five feet, four inches tall and has a slim build, with long black hair and hazel eyes.

She has a nose piercing on the left hand side and a piercing above her lip on the right side of her face.

Anyone with information on Miller or her whereabouts is asked to contact the Sussex RCMP.

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Re: Located - Supicious death | Jessica MILLER | 20 Yr Old | Apohaqui NB
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2015, 09:20:49 AM »
A 20-year-old Hampton man is in police custody after the body of a missing Apohaqui woman was discovered in a wooded area near Prince of Wales on Monday night.

Jesse Edwards Reynolds appeared in court in Saint John on Tuesday in connection with Jessica Ann Miller's death, according to the police.

    Jessica Miller's mother heartbroken

He has been charged with committing an indignity to a dead body.

Reynolds is said to have committed the offence between July 9 and 13.

Reynolds will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Aug. 4.
Jessica Miller

Miller, of Apohaqui, was reported missing on Sunday. (Facebook)

The court appearance only lasted a few minutes and Reynolds stood in the prisoner's box the entire time, dressed in a long, white institutional-issued shirt.

Reynolds did not talk during the court appearance

David Lutz, his lawyer, also offered no comment after the hearing concluded.

Miller's body was discovered at about 8 p.m. on Monday in a wooded area just off of Highway 1 near Prince of Wales, which is west of Saint John.

RCMP at the scene say Miller's body was removed by a funeral home on Monday night and a coroner attended the scene.

Her body was discovered on a dirt road that runs parallel to Highway 1, about 300 metres to the north of the highway.

Two RCMP vehicles are blocking the road about 500 metres away from where Miller's body was  discovered.

An RCMP command vehicle and six other vehicles can be seen near where the body was discovered. At least eight uniformed officers were searching the underbrush on Tuesday morning and an RCMP dog handler was on the scene.

An officer at the scene said they are searching for evidence and making sure nothing was missed in earlier searches.

Miller, of Apohaqui, was reported missing on Sunday.

The RCMP's major crimes unit and two other RCMP detachments are investigating.

Leroy Armstrong, a former MLA in the area, said people in Apohaqui are just learning of Miller's death.

"This is a very quiet village and you don't expect anything of this nature to happen," Armstrong said.

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Re: Located - Supicious death | Jessica MILLER | 20 Yr Old | Apohaqui NB
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2015, 06:51:28 PM »
This is so sad. I was really hoping that this young lady would be ok and come home. RIP little one. Prayers to the family.

One 20-yo's life is lost and another is probably going to waste away in a cell. Why.


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Re: Located - Supicious death | Jessica MILLER | 20 Yr Old | Apohaqui NB
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2015, 05:00:21 PM »
What a beautiful looking girl. My sincere condolences to the family.  How very tragic./jb.


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Re: Located - Supicious death | Jessica MILLER | 20 Yr Old | Apohaqui NB
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2015, 01:56:58 PM »
Very sad story.  It probably didn't start out to end this way but now one young life is lost and another ruined.


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Re: Located - Supicious death | Jessica MILLER | 20 Yr Old | Apohaqui NB
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2016, 11:27:01 PM »

Jesse Reynolds sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing Jessica Miller
Hampton man, 20, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in death of 20-year-old Apohoqui woman

Justice William Grant, of the Court of Queen's Bench, said no sentence would ever breathe life back into the victim or ease the pain of the young woman's family.

But the sentence had to be proportionate to the gravity of the offence, he said.

There was no minimum penalty stipulated by the Criminal Code because no firearm was used, he added.

Grant commented that he sees little hope of rehabilitation for Reynolds until he deals with his addictions and gets them under control.

He also prohibited Reynolds from possessing any weapons and ordered him to provide a DNA sample.

Aggravating factors

Among the aggravating factors the judge considered were Reynolds' previous criminal record, the fact that he waited until July 13 to contact police, and that he deceived Miller's mother.

Mitigating factors included the fact that Reynolds did eventually turn himself in, co-operated with police, and pleaded guilty, sparing the family from a lengthy and uncertain trial.

Before imposing sentence, the judge recited graphic details about the drug-fuelled argument that led to Miller slapping Reynolds and Reynolds putting his hands around Miller's neck.

Reynolds drove around for hours with Miller's body in the trunk of her car before abandoning her body in a wooded area near Prince of Wales. He later ditched her cellphone, the courtroom heard.

At a sentencing hearing on Monday, the Crown suggested a sentence of five years, noting the recommended range for sentencing is between four and seven years.

Defence lawyer David Lutz did not contest the recommendation.

'Right sentence'

"It the right sentence in the circumstances," Lutz said outside the courthouse on Friday, describing the case as "extremely sad."

"No sentence would be enough for the family of this young lady. But the law is based upon precedent," he said.

"It was the sentence that I knew was going to be the right sentence from the time he began to co-operate. And yes, for two and a half days, he was wrong, and it's a shameful thing.

'But for his co-operation with police, this crime would have never been solved.'
- David Lutz, defence lawyer
"But for his co-operation with police, this crime would have never been solved," said Lutz.

"True, the family went through the agony of two and a half days of wondering what happened to her, but we know of many cases that go on for months and years," he said.

"As soon as I met the boy, he said, 'I want to do the right thing.'"

"Hopefully, he'll get control of his addictions and become a useful citizen."

Extra security brought in

About a half dozen sheriffs were in the courtroom for Friday's sentencing, with several others standing in the hallway, along with some police officers.

Before the proceedings began, one of the sheriffs told the crowd any outbursts could result in eviction or arrest.

Reynold's mother and four supporters sat at the opposite side of the courtroom from Miller's family and friends, avoiding any eye contact with them.

Reynolds, who has one child and another due in January, apologized for his actions at Monday's sentencing hearing.

"I feel so much remorse. I feel absolutely horrible for it. I understand what I say doesn't change what happened."

Tensions were high at Monday's hearing, with two spectators ejected by the judge in separate instances for making comments directed at Reynolds.

At one point, Miller's mother asked aloud why Reynolds was not crying.

Monday's hearing ended abruptly, with the judge adjourning sentencing until 2:30 p.m. Friday and a verbal confrontation between the Miller and Reynolds families erupting as court was adjourned.

Sheriffs had to escort some of the members to their vehicles.

The sheriffs co-ordinated the exit of spectators on Friday, allowing Miller's family and friends to leave the courtroom first
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