Roxann Terranova is safe

Message from her Uncle:

“As of this morning at 3:18 am my niece Roxann has been safe at home. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in this time of uncertainty with your prayers and kind words of hope.


She is back where she belongs with her loving family. I want to again thank all of you but most of all remind everyone that God does exist and he does listen to all our prayers. He just answered ours”

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Highway of Tears – a lesson in regionalism and racism

Highway of Tears: this is a lesson; a lesson in regionalism (Theresa Allore investigation) and racism (The Missing Women of Rocky Mount, North Carolina):

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Highway of Tears missing-women inquiry ‘not ruled out’

But attorney-general says priority is solving 18 aging cases

BY SAM COOPER, THE PROVINCENOVEMBER 13, 2009
B.C. Attorney-General Mike de Jong says a public inquiry into the Highway of Tears investigations is possible, but the first priority is solving the 18 cases.

“It’s premature at this point to say anything other than there are a lot of people that have too many unanswered questions,” [but] “we’re in an investigation process,” de Jong told The Province.

Pressed on whether an inquiry could proceed, de Jong said: “I don’t rule it out.”

B.C. private eye Ray Michalko is a retired RCMP officer, but he’s no fan of the way the Mounties have handled the Highway of Tears murders.

That’s why he has been “poking around” an unnamed Prince George-area hamlet, conducting interviews about a man whose name “keeps popping up” — all part of Michalko’s personally funded investigation into nine of the 18 Highway of Tears cases.

With a database of 600 people, Michalko has interviewed hundreds. The vast majority won’t talk to the police, he says, because they don’t expect to be taken seriously.

“When I’m asking [tipsters], ‘Have you gone to the police?’ and they say, ‘Are you nuts?’ — that’s a problem,” Michalko said.

All but one of the missing women are aboriginal, and First Nations Highway of Tears co-ordinator Mavis Erickson hints that racism could be a factor in botched cases.

Erickson recently met with de Jong and B.C. Solicitor-General Kash Heed, pushing for a public inquiry into the Highway of Tears investigations.

“As a First Nations mother and grandmother, I feel really angry because not a lot has been done to solve these murders,” she says. Investigations went cold because more than once young women were reported missing and police didn’t act, Erickson said.

The case of Ramona Wilson seems to bolster Erickson’s point.

Her sister, Brenda Wilson, told The Province that the 16-year-old said she was going to visit a friend on Saturday, June 11, 1994. Her family became worried when they didn’t hear from her the next day, and they reported her missing to Smithers RCMP. But police didn’t respond until two weeks later, according to Wilson.

“We were told, ‘She’s probably just with some friends,'” she said. “We felt very helpless.”

And four months before Wilson’s remains were accidentally turned up by off-road sport drivers, a tipster believed to be an aboriginal male called the Smithers RCMP, saying the teen’s body was near the Smithers airport. But the RCMP did not tape the call, and couldn’t follow up the lead, Wilson’s mother, Matilda Wilson, said.

While there are theories that a serial killer, possibly a trucker, is the murderer behind the disappearances, Michalko believes at least several men living near the highway are involved.

On Oct. 26, 35-year-old Jill Stacey Stuchenko — a Prince George prostitute with addictions problems — was found dumped in a gravel pit outside town.

RCMP say it is too early to link the case to the 18 Highway of Tears files, but cold-case investigators are receiving information on the Stuchenko murder.

RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau said she can’t comment on criticism that past Highway of Tears investigations by the RCMP were flawed, but she maintained Mounties are now pursuing the cold cases vigorously.

E-mail reporter Sam Cooper at scooper@theprovince.com

© Copyright (c) The Province

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Roxann Terranova: La mère craint pour la sécurité de sa fille.

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Où est Roxann Terranova? La mère de l’adolescente de 17 ans, portée disparue depuis le 30 octobre, craint pour la sécurité de sa fille. Marie-Claude Brière lance un cri du cœur afin qu’on la retrouve le plus rapidement possible, saine et sauve.

Roxann Terranova a quitté le Centre jeunesse de Valleyfield à vélo, vendredi matin, pour se rendre à l’école. Elle n’est jamais arrivée à destination.

Le lendemain, l’adolescente a été aperçue dans les rues de Valleyfield. Puis, dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche, son portefeuille a été retrouvé dans un autobus assurant la liaison entre Châteauguay et Montréal.

« Depuis, on n’a pas eu aucune nouvelle », laisse tomber la mère de Roxann, Marie-Claude Brière.

Sa sécurité menacée?

Depuis la fin de semaine dernière, les questions se bousculent dans la tête de Mme Brière. « Est-ce qu’elle a été violentée? Est-ce qu’elle est correcte? », se demande-t-elle.

Chose certaine, sa fille est en danger, selon elle. « Ce n’est pas la première fois qu’elle fugue. Mais elle n’est jamais partie aussi longtemps. Elle n’a pas d’argent et elle a un problème de toxicomanie. Elle ne peut pas être en sécurité. C’est sûr qu’elle est en danger », dit la mère de famille.

« On capote. On se dit tout le temps que le téléphone va sonner, que ça va être elle. Mais les minutes passent, les heures passent et elle n’appelle pas. C’est invivable », ajoute-t-elle.

« On l’aime, on veut son bien »

La famille Terranova n’a aucune idée où pourrait bien se trouver Roxann. Une chose est sûre, tous ses proches souhaitent ardemment qu’elle donne signe de vie.

« On l’aime, on veut son bien. Toute la famille l’aime. Peu importe la situation dans laquelle elle se trouve, on ne la jugera pas. Si elle a besoin d’aide, qu’elle nous fasse signe. On va courir jusqu’à elle », lance sa mère, en entrevue téléphonique depuis la résidence familiale, à Verchères.

Par ailleurs, un groupe Facebook – Help Find Roxann Terranova – a été créé afin d’aider à retrouver l’adolescente. Dimanche après-midi, le groupe comptait près de 500 membres.

Toute information permettant de retrouver Roxann Terranova peut être transmise via le 9-1-1.

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New Crime Map – Rocky Mount Serial Killer, North Carolina

Here is a new crime map profiling the  Missing Women of Rocky Mount, North Carolina. I did this map to put a face to a victim; it is a horrible thing to see previous maps that objectify these women – these people – as stick pins in geography. For an excellent profile on how the media have ignored this story check out the Newsweek story from October 21, 2009. To see the map, (click here):

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Background:

In the past seven years, authorities have recovered the remains of seven bodies within a five-mile vicinity of Seven Bridges and Old Battleboro roads outside Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Three of the women were found in the same field. They are Jarniece Latonya “Sunshine” Hargrove, 31, Taraha Shenice Nicholson, 28, of North Raleigh Street, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, 33, of Hill Street, Ernestine Battle, 50, of Branch Street, Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 35, of Owens Circle, Melody Wiggins, 29, of South Grace Street, and Denise M. Williams, 21, of Center Street.

Three women who fit similar profiles remain missing. They are Yolanda “Snap” Lancaster, 37, Joyce Renee Durham, 46, and Christine Boone, 43.

To date only Antwan Pittman has been arrested and charged with the murder of Taraha Nicholson.

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More Information / Claude Larouche = Cédrika Provencher

La Presse is confirming that the SQ is interegating Larouche of questions of his possible involvement in the disappearance of Cédrika Provencher. The Pr0vencher family is stating that there is nothing unusual about this; police have looked at well over 200 pedophiles with possible connections to the young girl’s disappearance, and this is simply a mark of police professionalism that they would conduct a full review in light of Larouche’s criminal background:

Cédrika: Claude Larouche aurait été interrogé

(Trois-Rivières) Le présumé meurtrier de Natasha Cournoyer, Claude Larouche, aurait été interrogé par les enquêteurs de l’Escouade des crimes contre la personne de la Sûreté du Québec dans le cadre de l’enquête visant à faire la lumière sur l’enlèvement de Cédrika Provencher.

C’est du moins ce qu’a mentionné le journaliste judiciaire Claude Poirier lors de l’émission animée par Denis Lévesque qui a été diffusée vendredi dernier sur les ondes de LCN.

Le journaliste a également déclaré que Larouche, qui a été accusé vendredi dernier du meurtre prémédité de la femme qui avait été enlevée quelques semaines auparavant à Laval, aurait été vu dans la région de Trois-Rivières.

M. Poirier a ajouté qu’il avait entendu parler de l’homme de 48 ans alors qu’il était impliqué dans le dossier de la disparition de la fillette.

 

Ce dernier était venuen aide à la famille de Cédrika dans les mois ayant suivi sa disparition.

Il avait notamment invité les personnes détenant des informations susceptibles d’aider à retrouver l’enfant de le contacter sur son téléphone cellulaire.

Rappelons que Claude Larouche a été condamné à 40 mois de prison en 2005 pour une tentative d’enlèvement sur une fillette survenue en 2003 dans l’Est de Montréal.

La Sûreté du Québec n’a pas voulu commenter ces affirmations.

Le père de Cédrika, Martin Provencher, a confié de son côté qu’il n’avait pas été mis au courant que Claude Larouche avait été interrogé relativement à l’enlèvement de sa fille.

Néanmoins, il a rappelé qu’un très grand nombre d’individus ayant des antécédents criminels en matière d’enlèvement d’enfant ou de pédophilie avaient été interrogés.

C’est du moins ce que lui avait indiqué la Sûreté du Québec à l’époque.

«Si je ne m’abuse, je pense qu’ils en avaient rencontré près de 200», a-t-il affirmé avant d’ajouter que Larouche était probablement du nombre.

Le grand-père de Cédrika, Henri Provencher, a quant à lui avancé qu’il avait vu le nom de Claude Larouche à quelques reprises dans des courriels reçus par la famille.

«Les gens nous demandaient si on pensait que cet homme-là pouvait avoir un lien avec l’affaire de Cédrika. À chaque fois qu’un prédateur est nommé à quelque part, les gens nous avisent tout de suite», a-t-il dit.

Tout comme son fils, il s’est dit convaincu que Larouche fait partie des nombreux prédateurs qui ont été rencontrés par les policiers au cours de l’enquête.

«Je n’ose pas croire l’inverse. Ça serait un manque de professionnalisme», a-t-il lancé.

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By Lee Hill

We have our collective eye on a chilling story out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Anthony Sowell, 50, was arraigned today on five charges of murder. He is accused of strangling and burying several women in and outside his house. So far, 11 decomposing bodies have been found (one of the bodies was reportedly found outside the house, although away from public view). Officers will continue to search Sowell’s house for more victims.

Cleveland authorities say Sowell’s neighbors reported a foul smell in the area for years, which was eventually blamed on the sausage company next door to Sowell’s Imperial Avenue home. Apparently, the odor was so strong that city officials ordered the sausage establishment to make $10,000 worth of repairs. Those repairs included flushing the sewerage system with bleach.

There are many questions to be answered in this case.

Sowell is a convicted rapist. He re-entered society in 2005 after serving a 15-year prison sentence after raping a 21-year-old woman in 1989. In some jurisdictions, such as Washington, D.C., sex offenders can expect random home visits, or “accountability tours” from local police. The felon’s residence is subject to inspection for pornography and anything else that could signal a relapse in reform. Still, among the questions: how can 11 rotting bodies go undetected in a home for so long, even when neighbors complained of a stench?

Also, were these victims — all of which have been confirmed as black women — ever reported missing? And what was the status of police investigations into their disappearances?

What we do know, from Sowell’s earlier rape conviction, is that the former Marine (who served eight years in North Carolina, Okinawa, Japan and California) seemed to have a penchant for targeting women who were already on the fringes of society. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a former victim of Sowell’s, who escaped, as having been told by him:

“You’re just another crack [expletive] from the street. No one will know if you’re missing.”

And, of course, just who is Anthony Sowell? One ponders how the alleged serial killer could murder and then live among his decomposing victims — especially considering the neighbors’ description of the stench as unbearable.

And while police try and pin down exactly when and why these murders occurred, we also want to know more about the working-class neighborhood surrounding the Imperial Avenue house. Some find it unconscionable that such a scene could go unnoticed as bodies accumulate on a property, leaving an odor that alarms the senses.

So, how was such a situation undetected for so long in this neighborhood?

We’re on the story, and we hope to tell you more.

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Missing Women Rocky Mount – Serial Killer

Well this is interesting:

“Smallwood’s brother in prison for serial killingsBy MIke Hixenbaugh
Rocky Mount Telegram

 

Friday, October 30, 2009

The brother of one of seven Rocky Mount women found dead since 2003 is a convicted serial killer two states away, officials in Lexington, Ky., confirmed Friday.

Robert Franklin Smallwood Jr. was sentenced in November 2007 to three life sentences after pleading guilty in the slayings of three women from December 1999 to April 2006.

Robert Smallwood, the 35-year-old brother of Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, is considered Lexington’s first-ever serial killer.

The revelation comes a day after dozens of Rocky Mount residents gathered to remember Elizabeth Smallwood, one of seven Rocky Mount women found dead under similar circumstances since 2003.

Robert Smallwood, 33, pleaded guilty in 2007 to nine separate counts connected to the deaths of Doris Roberts in 1999, Sonora Allen in 2002 and Erica Butler in 2006, as well as the rape of Viola Greene, a retired school teacher, in 2003, all in Kentucky.

Each of the murder victims in Kentucky was known to have traded sex to feed drug addictions, according to criminal records and 2007 media reports.

Roberts was found dead in her apartment, apparently from strangulation and suffocation, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office. Allen also died of strangulation and was found dumped in a parking lot. Butler appeared to die of injuries caused by blunt trauma; she was found inside her home.

Robert Smallwood is being held at a high-security prison in Sandy Hook, Ky., according to Kentucky Department of Corrections officials.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Robert Smallwood has been incarcerated on the charges. Rocky Mount police found his sister, Elizabeth Smallwood, dead in a thicket earlier this year off Melton Drive. Elizabeth Smallwood, known by friends as a drifter, wasn’t close with family, and it is unclear how she arrived in Rocky Mount a decade ago.

Rocky Mount police were not immediately available to comment.”

Check back at www.rockymounttelegram.com or read Saturday’s print edition for more on this story.

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The DNA of 32 women has been seized from Pickton’s Port Coquitlam farm.

Twenty years ago, Sharon Abraham was a “confident, outgoing” woman and the doting mother of two beautiful daughters, her former friend says.

But the RCMP has now confirmed that ongoing testing of evidence seized from serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton’s farm has found the DNA of Abraham and another missing woman, Stephanie Lane.

The development means the DNA of 32 women has been seized from Pickton’s farm — half the names on a police poster of 64 women who vanished from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside from 1978 to 2001.

Pickton was convicted of killing six of those women, and is charged with killing another 20 — but any second trial is on hold pending the appeal of his first trial.

Abraham and Lane join four other women, Yvonne Boen, Jackie Murdock, Dawn Crey and Nancy Clark, whose DNA police previously said was found on the farm.

RCMP Const. Annie Linteau said the Missing Women Task Force is preparing a report to Crown counsel recommending charges against Pickton for those six women, even though police have been told verbally by the Crown that the charges will likely never be laid.

Linteau said police are still sending the report to conclude their investigation, and to be prepared in case a new trial against Pickton is ordered by the Supreme Court of Canada, which will hear his appeal in March.

“We are sending all the findings of our investigation to the Crown for their consideration, even though we have been told by Crown and the public has been told by Crown they would not proceed with additional charges,” Linteau said.

Crown spokesman Neil Mackenzie said prosecutors will look at the police report when it arrives, but reiterated if Pickton loses his appeal then no additional charges will be taken to trial against the former Port Coquitlam pig farmer, who is serving a life sentence.

The Crown’s decision has disappointed many families.

Very little has ever been published about Abraham, but her friend Teresa Hardy contacted The Vancouver Sun to share memories of her former roommate in happier times.

The two women lived together in 1989, after meeting in a Lower Mainland transition house. Abraham, who had a toddler and a baby, was starting her life over after leaving an abusive relationship.

“She never drank when she was with me, never did drugs. We didn’t go to bars. We did things with the kids,” Hardy said. “She always made sure the kids had diapers. She wasn’t out buying cigarettes and beer. She always made sure the rent was paid and there was food in the house.”

Hardy last saw her friend in 1990, when Abraham and her girls had their own apartment, and was shocked to learn her friend disappeared in 2000.

“The three of them were such a happy family unit,” Hardy said. … I’d like to tell her kids some day that their mom was pretty cool. It breaks my heart because she loved them so much.”

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Forensic samples analyzed from serial killer’s Port Coquitlam farm

The joint RCMP-Vancouver police Missing Women Task Force revealed at the start of Robert Pickton’s 2006 trial that it still had hundreds of thousands of forensic samples to analyze from his Port Coquitlam property.
RCMP Cpl. Annie Linteau won’t reveal the nature of the evidence that has led police to recommend at this late date an additional six charges against Pickton, saying only that police are acting “out of an abundance of caution.”
These are the six women who RCMP recommending should be named in six new homicide charges:
Nancy Clark, who would now be 44, is the only one of the six women to have been last seen in Victoria, on Aug. 22, 1991. Also known as Nancy Greek, Clark was described by Victoria police, who investigated her disappearance, as a “home-body” and a good mother to her two daughters, who were aged eight and less than one.
It was her daughter’s birthday the day she disappeared, and although Clark was known to supplement welfare by working the streets, she would never not return to her family. Her brother, Doug Greek, said in a 1991 media interview that he believed his sister to be dead, because she would never choose to abandon her daughters.
Stephanie Lane, 20, was the youngest woman to go missing from the Downtown Eastside, early in 1997.
That would turn out to be a year when increasing numbers of women vanished from the drug-infested mean streets. Lane was a stripper and table dancer at Number 5 Orange, a skid-row bar where her stage name was Coco.
A beautiful woman with long, curly, dark hair who was once a straight-A student in east Vancouver high schools, Lane met a man while she was in her midteens who led her astray. She danced to support herself and became addicted to drugs.
Her mother, Michele, was left to mourn Stephanie and raise her daughter’s infant son.
Jacqueline Murdock, last seen in August 1997 on the Downtown Eastside, came from a large Carrier family from Fort St. James in northern B.C., where she is still fondly remembered and grieved.
Her mother, Evelyn, who helped raise two of Murdock’s children in Prince George, still grieves for her daughter, said Elizabeth Murdock, a relative who lives in Fort St. James.
Elizabeth said Jackie was an adorable little girl who grew into “a really pretty woman. I sure loved her. We all do.”
Murdock was known to have had a troubled life as a young teen, running away from foster care to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She began using drugs and working the streets.
Dawn Crey, who would have celebrated her 51st birthday last Monday, earned a living on the Downtown Eastside for many years and stayed in close contact with her beloved sister Lorraine.
Dawn suddenly vanished in November, 2000. Ernie Crey, the first high-profile aboriginal leader to speak out when women began disappearing from the Downtown Eastside in the early 1990s, was told by RCMP before Pickton’s 2006 trial began that Dawn’s DNA had been found on the farm on a “garment,” but that it was not sufficient to lay charges.
Dawn was a “vibrant, attractive” woman who grew up in a Chilliwack foster home, where she eventually agreed in turn to place her son Jonathan, born when Dawn was 16.
Sharon Abraham, who would have celebrated her 44th birthday on Sept. 15 this year, went missing in December 2000 from the Downtown Eastside, soon after Dawn Crey was last seen. Little is known about Abraham, an attractive young aboriginal woman when she vanished, and RCMP have not said what evidence connects her to the Pickton farm.
Yvonne Boen, born on Nov. 30, 1967, was expected to show up for a visit with her sons in March 2001, but never appeared. Boen’s good friend, Debbie Benning, recalls Yvonne as a “smart, really together person.” The two worked the carnival circuit, but Yvonne confessed to her friend that she began experimenting with cocaine during the long winter months of inactivity. Yvonne had three sons, whom she adored and would not have voluntarily abandoned, says Benning, who adds that “when Yvonne started crying and told me she was totally addicted to cocaine, I was dumbfounded.”
Benning knew Yvonne began working as a prostitute. Boen’s family was told Yvonne’s DNA was also found on the Pickton farm.

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