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William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« on: September 24, 2007, 08:10:05 AM »
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Male, white, 5'9", 125 lbs., thin build, brown hair (shaved), goatee, brown eyes. Small scar centre of forehead, large scar right elbow. Tattoos: Calf of right leg (panther) upper back (dragon with tail missing)

Billy has not been seen or heard from by family or friends since February 22nd, 2006. He was last seen in the area of 917 Main Street East in Hamilton.

Detectives have been searching for Billy Mason since March 2006. Billy is very close to his mother and his young daughter. He has not been in contact with either of them since that time. Detectives have interviewed numerous individuals regarding Billy's  disappearance and are somewhat frustrated with the lack of information that may lead to his whereabouts. At this time foul play cannot be ruled out.
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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2010, 12:48:42 PM »
Donna Dixon says that's not good enough.

Her son Billy has been gone since Feb. 22, 2006. He was 27. A dad.

His was a simple missing person case at first. Then police found a witness who saw Billy being marched out of his Main Street East apartment at gunpoint. It's a homicide investigation now.

Detectives took a winter coat and a pair of boots from Billy's apartment. There's a good chance some of his DNA appears somewhere on those items.

Detective Mike Maloney wanted to send the clothes to Toronto's Centre of Forensic Sciences to have a DNA profile done of Billy. He wanted it for two reasons: to have a profile that could be compared quickly and accurately with bodies discovered across the country and to ensure Billy's DNA is properly stored.

"Ten years from now, things may go missing from the property section," says Maloney.

But the CFS won't test the clothes. It doesn't do that for missing people unless a body has been found that police believe with some certainty is the person they are looking for.

"There isn't any point in doing it at this point in time if you don't have anything with which to compare it," says Dr. Ray Prime, director of the CFS. "And we don't want to be further burdened as a laboratory."

Billy's mom thinks there is something to compare her son's clothes to.

In June, she got a tip. Donna has been collecting tips -- and postering trees and raising reward money and doing media interviews -- ever since her boy disappeared. This tip was about some clothes in the water at Pier 4 Park. So Donna went there. Broke a branch off a tree and fished around. The brown leather jacket. And the dark sweater.

Donna believes the sweater is Billy's.

There is no way of knowing since it hasn't been tested by the CFS.

Detective Maloney isn't as hopeful as Donna that the found items have anything to do with Billy. Still, he is frustrated the DNA he does have from Billy is sitting in a storage area not doing anybody any good.

"Billy could be lying in a morgue in B.C. right now and I have no way of knowing."

Currently, when a police service in Canada finds unidentified human remains, it contacts the coroner's office. The coroner sends an e-mail alert through CPIC to all police departments. The alerts don't always get to the right people, though. Even if they do make their way to an investigator with a missing person case, the next steps are clumsy comparisons of fingerprints (which are not always intact on a found body) and dental records (which some people do not have because they don't go to a dentist). There are many opportunities for a match to be missed.

The Ontario Provincial Police has a whole unit and website devoted to missing persons called Project Resolve, but it considers only persons reported missing to the OPP.

In April 2005, Liberal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Anne McLellan launched a public consultation process on creating a DNA Missing Persons Index.

The process was to look at a list of issues that would have to be considered in creating an index. What sort of DNA should be collected?What kind of computer technology would be needed? Who would have authority to submit a missing person's DNA? How do you define a missing person? What laws would have to be passed to initiate a database? How do you protect the privacy of those whose DNA is on record? Should the missing persons index be cross-referenced with Canada's criminal DNA databases? And who will pay for and administer all this? Provinces and the federal government?

The bureaucracy plods along. And Billy is still missing.

Susan Clairmont's commentary appears regularly in The Spectator.



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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2010, 12:53:15 PM »
February 23, 2010 Tuesday
Final Edition 
LOCAL; Pg. A03 
447 words
Two families, one mission; Quest to find out what happened on nights two men disappeared
Nicole O'Reilly, The Hamilton Spectator

Billy Mason and Paul-Michael Foster never met.

But their families have been drawn together in their quests to bring these well-loved men home and find out what happened the nights they disappeared.

Last night Mason's family marked four years since his disappearance with a vigil outside the east-end apartment building from which he disappeared.

Four months after his disappearance, police launched a homicide investigation after a witness said he was taken at gunpoint. He was 27 and the father of a now 11-year-old daughter.

Foster, 28, disappeared from his Hamilton residence six weeks ago, leaving his beloved black Labrador Fozzie alone in his downtown apartment for days.

Mason's mom Donna Dixon says she still doesn't know what happened the night her son disappeared. She saw him that night.

While every year the family hopes there will be no need for another vigil, she will continue to mark the day and her son's birthday. She also puts up posters twice a year.

"The nights are long and I hear noises and I wonder if it's you coming home," Dixon read as about a dozen people stood in a snowstorm holding candles and each other.

"I peer out the window and all I see is darkness ... where are you? ... will you ever come home?"

Both men disappeared without a word, without jackets and leaving behind people and items they never would have willingly abandoned.

Foster had laundry going; Mason left without the hat he was reluctant to ever take off.

When Dixon read about Foster's disappearance, too many things reminded her of her son's story. Both have blond hair, blue eyes and dragon tattoos.

"It was just like I was reading Billy all over again," she said.

Dixon found Foster's sister, Amanda Massey, through a Facebook group.

"They're going through the same thing as me and there are no support groups," Dixon said, adding that she wanted to share with them everything she's learned about putting up posters, raising money, limits in the justice system and how to deal with the things people say.

Sitting in a Tim Hortons after the vigil, Massey and her mother Margaret Foster said they are thankful for Dixon's outreach.

"Paul-Michael has been missing six weeks, we're still hopeful," Massey said.

"So am I," Dixon added.

Massey gave birth to daughter, Ava, a week after her brother went missing. "She's keeping us going," she said.

So is caring for Foster's dog, who his mother said was like having a little piece of him.

Anyone with information can call Hamilton police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS. With information about Foster, call detective constables Chris Elliott or Sabrina Feser at 905-546-3817 or 905-546-3816, at Hamilton police central division.

Photo: Gary Yokoyama, the Hamilton Spectator , Donna Dixon, second from left, reads a poem about her missing son Billy Mason at last night's vigil outside the east-end apartment where he disappeared.
February 23, 2010


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2010, 12:56:20 PM »
Timeline of Events
February 22, 2006 - 8:30 p.m. - Billy's mother Donna arrived at his apartment with groceries, Billy wasn't at home but he called her from a friends cell phone saying he was at the corner store, he was on his way back. Donna left the groceries at his apartment and headed back to her house, Billy phoned her back and asked if she could take some of his laundry with her because the machine in the building was broken - she said she would pick it up the following day, a Thursday.

February 23, 2006 - Billy did not answer his phone when called to pick up the laundry. She phoned several times and got no answer.

February 24, 2006 - A female answered the phone and told her that Billy had "gone away for the weekend" but this was out of character since Billy didn't drive and wasn't known to go away anywhere, especially not in the middle of the winter. Donna became suspicous.

February 22 or 23, 2006 - 27 year old Billy Mason is kidnaped from his home at gunpoint by two unknown men

March 1, 2006 -  Billy was reported missing on this day, due to the misleading information his family recieved from people in Billy's apartment regarding his whereabouts, it was believed he may have been voluntarily missing until this time.

April 25, 2006 - Susan Clairmont does an article on Billy (Family agonizes over Billy's disappearance)

May 1, 2006 - Tensions rose and patience waned as partial skeletal remains were found in an upscale neighborhood wooded area, it was immediately suggested they could not be Billy's because of the state of decomposure.

June 22, 2006 - The Hamilton Spectators Susan Clairmont did an article on Billy, focusing on the effect his disappearance has had on his 8 year old daugher, referred to in the article as Princess.

August 27, 2006 - Dozens of people take part in a missing poster campaign

October 13, 2006 - Emotions were high as the city learned that two young girls found partial skeletal remains near the Red Hill Creek

November 3, 2006 - Dana Brown and Dan Nolan did an article regarding the reward of $5,000. Billy's mother Donna is pinning her hopes at this point on the reward encouraging someone to come forward.

November 4, 2006 - The Bring Billy Home Benefit was held - Swiss Chalet graciously donated food, and the proceeds from the evening were placed in the Bring Billy Home Trust fund.

November 5, 2006 - Billy's friends and family promote the creation of a myspace account for Billy - recieved well over 1,000 views in the first 3 weeks of it's existence

November 30, 2006 - The Hamilton Police Service called a media confrence to reveal new details regarding Billy's disappearance

December 23, 2006 - 6:00pm - Despite the rain and wind, Billy's family and friends held a candlelight vigil, some of Billy's favorite music was played on a portable radio, memories were shared and many pictures were taken (see the candle prayer photo album)

December 1, 2006 - Paul Morse of The Spectator did an article regarding new information revealed at the media confrence - Mom begs for news of son - Person with shotgun took him away

December 30, 2006 - Tensions rose again when more human remains were discovered, this time Burlington, just off the Express Toll Route cutoff at Sudbury Rd and Rural Route  #1. Billy was eventually ruled out as the deceased person.

February 21, 2007 - Billy's family announces that the $10,000 reward has finally been raised, just one day before the year anniversary of his disappearance.

February 22, 2007 - One year ago today, Billy was kidnapped at gunpoint from his apartment on Main Street East in Hamilton. Police are still actively investigating

April 6, 2007 - Billy's family and friends embarked on their second poster campaign, this time with an increased reward of $10,000 for information leading to Billy's whereabouts. Despite frigid temperatures, nearly 4,000 posters were distributed across the city. CH News was present to interview Billy's mother Donna - who again begged for any help finding her son, she did not want names or details or explanations of any kind, she simply asked where she could find her son.
Anyone with information is asked to come forward

Please forward all inquiries and information regarding this case to:

Hamilton Police Service: Major Crime Unit
Detective Mike Maloney

Telephone: 905-546-4921

Or if you wish to remain anonymous

1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
905-522-TIPS (8277)


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2010, 01:19:53 PM »
Edsonmom,  I saw this story a few weeks back and was greatly saddened for the family that a DNA test may help. I started a thread on unsolved called "DNA on Missing Person When Body Not Found" which can be found:;u=1353;sa=showPosts;start=30

I found an article that explained how the United States saw benefit in a DNA registry for all missing to be collected within 30 days and how all remains found are to be logged into the system. Towards the third post on the thread listed above I summarized the findings, but if anyone is interested in reading the information direct, they can find it at the following:

Here are two other good sites on the subject:

It is such a worthwhile cause.


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010, 03:51:34 PM »
All and any missing person should have an ongoing section in the Spectator even monthly this ensures as a group we all care and hope is not lost.


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2011, 08:40:38 AM »
This case has been solved!

I was reading a recent Hamilton Spectator article about Sheryl Sheppard's case and came across this information.

Mason was executed and burned
Jason Lusted was sentenced to 10 years for his role in the killing of Billy Mason and the disposal of his body.

Billy Mason was never found because there was nothing left to find.

His body was burned to ashes and put into animal feed bags on his alleged killer's farm even as his mother launched a heartbreaking and uncommonly public search for him that lasted more than four years.

In a courtroom where there were few dry eyes, the disgusting details of Billy's murder and disappearance were revealed for the first time Wednesday.

From the prisoner's box, Jason Frederick Lusted, 39, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder. The beefy man with a long criminal past shed a few tears as Billy's mother spoke of her loss, then he offered her a brief apology.


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2011, 08:44:28 AM »
More from the above article:



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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2011, 07:43:44 AM »

 Here is an interesting article that I read this morning about the suspected in this case.


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2011, 10:24:56 AM »
 There is also a nice piece By Susan Clairmont in the Spectator this morning. The article explains how the family is grieving and dealing with their loss.


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Re: William (Billy) MASON - Murdered (Feb 22nd, 2006)
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013, 07:58:51 PM »
Just wanted to update this thread.  I went to school with Billy from grade 8 and through high school. I didn't know him well, but his disappearance affected me deeply, and I was in touch with his incredibly amazing mom throughout this ordeal.

Justice was finally served - Billy's murderers were finally caught and convicted. It was because of Donna's (Billy's mom) perseverance and never letting Billy's case go "cold" that his killers were caught. 

Sadly, his body will never have a proper burial, but he does have a lovely headstone where his friends and family can go to honour him.