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In June of 2006, 2 1/2 year old Everlyse Cabrera went missing from her Las Vegas home. Her parents refused to assist authorities in finding her. To them it seemed plausible she simply wandered away but unlike recently missing Joshua Childers, she was never found.

In this case, it is happening north of the border.

Girl, 7, missing since February
Family refuses to co-operate with investigators

Repentigny police are struggling to find a missing 7-year-old girl whose parents refuse to help in the investigation.

Tailor Kenol was first reported missing by the principal of her elementary school on Feb. 9. When police contacted her father, he told them: “It’s none of your business, the girl is fine and she’s in Haiti,” said Guy Bélair, assistant director of the investigative division of the police force of Repentigny, which is situated off the eastern tip of the island of Montreal.

The father told police Tailor was in Haiti with her biological mother, who has been in Canada. Tailor came here two years ago. The girl’s stepmother, Maria Dorval, told LCN news yesterday Tailor was sent to Haiti because the father was worried youth protection services were going to take her away.

It’s unlikely Tailor is in fact in Haiti, Bélair said. Officers checked with Canadian and U.S. customs to see whether Tailor had left the country and found nothing. They also checked with all the airlines flying out of Canada and the United States, but found no records of the girl on any flights. They contacted officers with the RCMP and international crime service Interpol in Haiti, who have thus far been unable to find the mother.


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A Canadian AMBER Alert wasn’t issued nor is she listed at the NCMEC as missing from Canada. She has been positively identified in a school surveillance video walking with an unidentified woman.

Police say the “person of interest,” appears to be between 19 and 25 years old with long black hair, and in the video is seen wearing a white winter parka and tight blue jeans.

Victoria Stafford missing flyer

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Two days after Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford went missing, police in southern Ontario are appealing for a woman seen in a surveillance video with the girl to come forward.

The eight year old has been missing since Wednesday afternoon, when she was supposed to have walked home from school in Woodstock, 45 kilometres east of London, Ont. The Oxford Community Police Service, along with officers from neighbouring police departments, have canvassed the area for clues into Stafford’s disappearance.

Update 04-13-09: Tara McDonald a mothers plea

“I know in my heart she is OK and that it’s just a matter of time before we find her.”

“Wherever she is, if she can find a phone, a window, any way she can get back to us. If she can call, if she can get away, just to fight to come home.”

“Nobody can even begin to imagine what our family is going through.”

“I just want everybody to continue your prayers and keep looking and don’t give up because we’re not going to give up for a second until she is home safely.”

Update 04-15-09: Tori Stafford’s parents take lie detector tests


WOODSTOCK, ONT. – Victoria Stafford’s estranged parents have taken lie detector tests and their previous relationships are under intense scrutiny even as a small army of friends, family and strangers continues to search for their missing 8-year-old daughter.

While Oxford Community Police refused to comment last night on the polygraph tests, friends of Tara McDonald and Rodney Stafford, Victoria’s parents, said the two underwent the tests over the Easter long weekend.


 

Update 04-17-09: OPP takes over case of missing Woodstock girl.

WOODSTOCK, ONT. – The Ontario Provincial Police are taking over the lead in the investigation for missing eight-year-old Victoria (Tori) Stafford, Oxford Community Police Chief Ron Fraser said Friday.

Fraser introduced Det. Insp. Bill Renton of the OPP, who will spearhead the provincial force’s efforts in tracking down Tori, at a news conference in the southwestern Ontario city.

“It is now our belief that is an abduction,” said Renton.

Update 04-22-09: Witness helps Canadian missing girl case

WOODSTOCK, Ontario, April 22 (UPI) — Canadian police in Woodstock, Ontario, said Wednesday a witness helped them create a composite sketch of a woman last seen with a missing 8-year-old girl.

 
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View America’s Most Wanted (AMW) case overview.

Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who abducted Tori.

Update 05-05-09:  THE CANADIAN PRESS

WOODSTOCK– Surveillance video that captured the moment eight-year-old Victoria Stafford was abducted also caught a glimpse of a “vehicle of interest” that investigators are trying to identify, police said today.

Update 05-20-09: Father of Tori Stafford says arrests made in girl’s disappearance

Police in Woodstock, Ont., have arrested two people in connection with the disappearance of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford.

The child’s father, Rodney Stafford, told CBC News on Wednesday morning that police have told him two arrests have been made, but he was not able to provide any further information.

Stafford said he expects to receive more information later in the day.

There is no information on the fate of the little girl.

Update 05-21-09: The alleged suspects in the murder of Victoria have been identified

May 20 (Bloomberg) — Canadian police have arrested two people in connection with the abduction and murder of an 8-year- old girl in southern Ontario.

Victoria “Tori” Stafford disappeared April 8 after she left her school in Woodstock, Ontario, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Toronto. Video surveillance tapes near the school showed a girl matching Tori’s description walking with a woman. Tori’s body has not been recovered.

Police in Oxford County today said Michael Rafferty, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and abduction and Terri- Lynn McClintic, 18, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and abduction. They appeared in court today in Woodstock, and their first hearing has been put off to May 28, Oxford Police Chief Ron Fraser said at a news conference.

Note: Michael Rafferty is also being identified as Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty

Update 05-25-09: Search for missing girl’s remains continues

Investigators trying to find the remains of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford appealed to the public Sunday to be on the lookout for a grey, cloth- covered seat from a suspect vehicle seized Friday.

“Police are seeking help from the public in locating the entire rear seat of this vehicle that has been removed,” a news release from the Oxford Community Police Service said.

“Police are asking everyone to check their properties for the grey cloth coloured seat and report it to police immediately. If located, police investigators ask that it not be touched, simply report it to police immediately and without physically touching it, try to protect it from the elements until investigators can attend the scene.”

Const. Laurie-Anne Maitland would not say where the car was found.

Late Friday, Oxford police released an image of the vehicle believed to be “significant” to helping them find Victoria’s remains.

Maitland said they were appealing to anyone who may have seen a blue 2003 four-door Honda with black spray-paint over portions of it at the Home Depot store in Guelph, Ont. on April 8 – the day Victoria was abducted.

Update 05-26-09: New video in Tori Stafford case was seized weeks ago

What may become a key piece of evidence in the Victoria (Tori) Stafford investigation has been in police hands since the night the little girl disappeared.

Investigators, though, say there was no way to know what they were looking at on that date.

A video still of the blue car now believed connected to the April 8 abduction — released last week by Oxford Community Police — was taken from Woodstock gas-station footage investigators seized within hours.

Jigar Patel, the owner/operator of the Norwich Avenue gas station, saw the video clip and recognized the backdrop as being his parking lot, which is about a five-minute drive from Tori’s school

Update 05-30-09: Police tell Tori Stafford’s dad they may never find her remains

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — The father of Victoria Stafford says police have told him to prepare for the possibility they may never find his daughter’s remains.

Tori went missing on April 8 and six weeks later police arrested 28-year-old Michael Rafferty and charged him with first-degree murder.

Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, who was originally charged with being an accessory, has since had her charges upgraded to first-degree murder.



Update 07-22-09:
Police confirm the remains found Sunday near Mount Forest are those of the missing Woodstock girl

WOODSTOCK — It may be several weeks before the body of Victoria (Tori) Stafford is returned to her loved ones.

Investigators confirmed yesterday that remains found Sunday near Mount Forest are those of the Woodstock girl who disappeared April 8, but further forensic tests could delay a formal funeral by as much as a month, the Stafford family says.

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She isn’t missing but her parents are.

Do you know who this 8-month-old girl is? She was found in a stairwell in Toronto on Jan. 30, 2008. Unlike the recent cases in Texas of Riley Sawyers  and the infant Alijah Mullis who were both murdered, she was abandoned.

Updated Children Aid Society photos of Angelica-Leslie.

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Update 05-23-08

Toronto police have arrested two people they believe are the parents of an infant abandoned in a freezing cold garage stairwell four months ago, after tracking them to a Southwestern Ontario apartment where they lived with three young children.

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At the NCMEC you can go to the search options for a missing child and select a possible location where they may have traveled or been abducted to depending on their circumstances. Selecting Mexico will return 58 missing children while the same search for Canada returns 12.

What determines the possible location is not explained. In some cases when viewing the poster of the missing child there is often no mention of where they are traveling to or why they may be headed to a specific State or Country.

In other instance the locations may be listed on the poster but not returned in a search. For example if you search for 3-year-old Karissah Butler and view her poster, it states she may be headed to Rhode Island or Canada. Select the possible location of Rhode Island and her results are returned. However, select Canada and they are not.

Select information for 4-year-old Danielle Jimenez  with Mexico as a possible location and her results are returned. But, even though she was allegedly abducted by her father from Texas and her poster indicates she may be in Del Rio, Tx, if you enter Texas as a possible location, no information will be returned.

In the case of, Iumila Vasquez who was allegedly abducted by her non-custodial mother from Plainfield New Jersey, her poster suggests she may be traveling to Georgia which will display her results if entered. Results will also display should you enter a possible location of New York but her poster makes no mention of New York.

This could prove to be a great tool to check identities of missing children crossing state lines or countries borders provided the information is accurate. Unfortunately, there appears to be some issues currently.

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The abduction of Trenton Duckett had a few people asking on the Trenton Duckett  blog why or if the family had sought the assistance of a psychic. Some posters specifically mentioned Sylvia Browne but why?

On January 12 2007, fifteen-year-old Shawn Hornbeck was found alive after having been missing for four years.

Three years before Shawn was found, his parents – Pam and Craig Akers – appeared on the Montel Williams show to ask Sylvia Browne’s help in locating their missing son. She told them Shawn was dead.

In the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) publication “When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” they offer this advice

Psychics

Keep an open mind — and a closed pocketbook — when considering the use of a psychic. Most parents are desperate to try anything, but they need to understand that there are very few true psychics. Many are fraudulent or, at best, misguided individuals who want to help so much that they have self-induced visions. Hearing their sometimes negative dreams and visions can cause undue stress, a loss of hope, or an unfounded sense of hope. If you are considering turning to a psychic, remember the following tips:

  • Ask someone close to the family to record any psychic leads, because the information is usually distressing. Give all such leads to law enforcement.
  • If any lead is highly specific, such as a particular address, insist that law enforcement check it out. Follow up with law enforcement to find out the value of the lead.
  • Never allow a psychic to go into your child’s room unattended or to take items without making arrangements for their return.

Regardless of whether some psychics have true visions, any purportedly psychic dream may be an actual observation by someone who is afraid to get involved. That is why even psychic leads need to be checked out whenever possible.

Visit the Missing People Podcast site and click on Interviews where you will find various interviews concerning missing children. Among them you will find a link for “StopSylviaBrowne” a site founded by Robert Lancaster.

Note:

The investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance six weeks ago from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort on the Algarve coast, is being led by Portugal’s Policia Judiciaria, which has received the tip-off letter with accompanying map sent to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Visit Project Jason-Voice for the Missing  and read what one parent of a missing children has to say in this  Psychics and Missing People Series

Update 09-24-07

LEESBURG, Fla. — A tip from a psychic prompted another search for missing toddler Trenton Duckett.

Investigators used a cadaver dog to search the area around Goose Creek Road and County Road 452 in Lake County on Sunday night.

Update 10-02-07  The parents of missing Madeleine McCann are considering the use of a psychic according to the Times Online.

Friends said that the McCann family were now so desperate for information about Madeleine’s whereabouts that they were considering employing a psychic. Mr and Mrs McCann have already consulted a book by Gordon Smith, who claims to be Britain’s “most accurate medium”, and are being urged by other members of the family to seek his views directly.

According to Gordon Smith’s website there is a difference between a Psychic and a Medium. While he may be the self proclaimed Britain’s “most accurate medium”, his site doesn’t discuss his Psychic abilities as they relate to finding missing people. Are the parents possibly under the assumption Madeleine is no longer alive?

How is a medium different from a psychic?
A medium makes contact with the spirit relatives of the person they are reading for. A psychic is someone who can pick up information about the living person’s life. Most mediums are also psychic.

Orlando Sentinel  Psychic ‘tips’ fail again — what a shock

Maggie Giono is a clairvoyant who “channels” to look for missing children, sells real estate and is according to the article above, provided one of 76 psychics tips received by Leesburg Police.

“There are no cases in which a psychic unequivocally helped find a missing person,” wrote Dr. Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a columnist for Scientific American. “The equivocation comes in where a psychic may make dozens of guesses, in which one of them turns out to be right, or where a psychic may say something generic like, ‘I’m getting a body of water.’ What does that mean? The ocean, a lake, pond, swimming pool?

Interesting UK Forum on psychics

What if a psychic isn’t what they profess to be?

ST. CLOUD (FOX 9) – Police have found no connection between a now-deceased Milwaukee man who told his psychiatrist he killed a child, and the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph in 1989.

62-year-old Vernon Seitz gave a deathbed confession to his psychiatrist that he shot a child in 1958 in Racine, Wis., long before Jacob Wetterling was abducted. But by his own admission, Seitz was obsessed with Jacob Wetterling.

However, according to Jacob’s mother, he approached the Wetterling family as a psychic not as a someone solely interested in missing children cases.

“When we met him, he came to us suggesting that he had some psychic interest in helping us find Jacob,” says mother Patty. “And we listened to anyone back then who thought they could help find Jacob.”

The disappearance of Haleigh Cummings has received extensive coverage from Jacksonville, Fl. First Coast News, but this story about a potential “psychic” sighting has many viewers confused.

Woman Dreams About Haleigh Cummings Being in Missouri

JACKSONVILLE, FL — A young woman living on the Southside says she had a vision about the missing little girl while sleeping.

She dreamed about Haleigh Cummings being in Missouri.

Melanie says she dreamed about an open field in a city called “Adison.” She woke up to look at the map. There is no town in Missouri named Adison, but there is one called Madison.

Melanie felt a little weird. The last time she had a vision like this it involved a boat that caught fire. She says soon after that dream, there was a boat fire.

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