Fresh tip proves fruitless for family of B.C. girl missing 18 years
By JENNIFER SALTMAN, The Province December 9, 2011
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call West at 250-338-1321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-242-8477.Nicholls was 14 years old when she was last seen on Aug. 2, 1993 walking down the driveway of her foster home on Royston Road.
Lindsey has been missing 18 years. Come home soon.•Date Of Birth: September 12, 1978
•Age at Time of Disappearance: 14 years old
•Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3" (160 cm.); 112 lbs (51 kg.)
•Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde longer than shoulder hair; green eyes. Her hair was tinted red at the time of her disappearance.
•Clothing: She had been wearing jeans, a khaki silk tank top, a blue and pink checkered shirt and white "Esprit" canvas style deck runners.
•Dentals: Available. Lindsey has a space between her two front teeth.
•DNA: mtDNA available
Pictures are from link above comox valley crime stoppers. Picture #2 is supposed to be an age progression. Probably one of the worse I've seen JMHO.
Last edited by Kimster; 08-05-2012 at 03:41 PM. Reason: featured cold case from 8/5/2012 to 8/12/2012
Bumping for Lindsey, missing for 19 years today.
Lindsey is our featured cold case from 8/5/2012 to 8/12/2012
There isn't much information to go on. Doesn't seem like she planned on running away as she left behind all her stuff but maybe in the heat of the moment and angry she has stormed off and gotten into trouble along the way. The age progression - Doe Network, looks so familiar to me - strange how that happens sometimes!
Lindsey's mom started the petition in 2003! 10 years later, maybe we'll finally get a DNA database. This is outrageous! To heck with privacy laws. These families need closure and the perps need to be held accountable!
DNA the missing link in new database for missing persons and unidentified remains: families
While some people disappear and are never seen again, some bodies are found and never identified.
Approximately 600 unidentified human remains lie in morgues and cemeteries across the country. Who they were and what caused their deaths are mysteries that can endure for years or even decades.http://www.ctvnews.ca/families-long-...-ones-1.576149In Canada it could easily be added to the national DNA databank in Ottawa, which is currently used to track violent criminals.Yet, for the past seven years, the government has done little more than talk about expanding the database. Two private members' bills failed to pass in Parliament. In 2009, a Senate Committee recommended the government amend the DNA Databank to include DNA from missing persons and unidentified remains but so far there has been no action.
The Province link from the first post is dead, but, Canada.com still has the article on the fresh tip from 2011.
Wonder what the tip was?
There is SO little information for Lindsey's case.
Fresh tip proves fruitless for family of missing B.C. girl
Jennifer Saltman, The Province
Published: Sunday, December 11, 2011
It was a difficult week for the family of Lindsey Jill Nicholls as the RCMP searched a rural property in the small Vancouver Island community of Royston, where Nicholls went missing 18 years ago. Following a news conference in September, police received a tip about Nicholls' disappearance that led them to the property.
If someone had a complete street address, I'm pretty sure I could find the history of the property. It's public knowledge, however sometimes people apply to have the history deleted from a record - not sure one couldn't get it though.
Without a Trace, from Lindsey's Law website:
Through all this adolescent angst, she was still dearly loved by her family. When she had run away from home in the spring, she'd left her mother a lengthy note. She said where she'd be staying. She took her favourite possessions and clothing.
But on that holiday Monday, Aug. 2, 1993, Lindsey, who had only been back in the Valley for a week or so after her runaway episode to the lower mainland, gave no indication that she was running away again. She told the foster home parents that she was planning to go into town. She might have been planning to head up to Comox for the Nautical Days celebration. Wearing a blue plaid top, jeans and sneakers, the slim 5'3" teen, just shy of her 15th birthday, headed down the rural road without even a jacket. She was known to hitch-hike at times. Nobody has heard from her since.
If she was possibly hitchhiking to the Comox Nautical Festival, would she have walked/hitchhiked to Island Highway, to hitch a ride to Comox?
Articles and Press, from the Lindsey's Law Website:
The struggle to amend Canada's DNA Identification Act
Mom looks to DNA matches for answers - Vancouver Province, October 26, 2009
Chatelaine, April 2008
Vancouver Province, May 23, 2006
MP Gary Lunn News Release, September 29, 2005
MP Gary Lunn News Release, February 17, 2005
Times Colonist, October 5, 2003
Vancouver Sun, October 1, 2003
Edmonton Journal, August 30, 2003
MP Gary Lunn News Release, August 20, 2003
National Post, July 8, 2003
CanWest News, March 13, 2003
MP Gary Lunn News Release, February 20, 2003
Canadian Press, December 31, 2002
Focus on Women, December 20, 2002
Ottawa Sun, November 29, 2002
National Post, October 12, 2002
The Search For Lindsey
Times Colonist, August 2001
Comox Valley Echo, July 2001
Unknown, August 1998
Comox Valley Echo, August 1998
Comox Valley Echo, April 1996
Times Colonist, August 1995
The Province, July 1994
Comox News, February 1994
Times Colonist, January 1994
Vancouver Sun, January 1994
Letter from Assistant Commissioner, RCMP
CTV News W5 - November 20, 2010
Winnipeg Free Press - Editorial November 18, 2010
Comox Valley Echo - November 16, 2010
CBC Interview – Mark Kelly show - July 6, 2010
Public Safety Report - June 2009
Senate Report – June 2010 (1 MB PDF)
Public Safety Committee Recommendation - April 30, 2007
Government Response - June 20, 2007
From Lindsey's Bio Mom, Judy Peterson:
"The last conversation I had with her was she said she didn't like the foster home. I told her I loved her and I missed her. Then I never saw her again.
A few days later, Lindsey apparently went to meet some friends in town and never returned."
CrimeStopper was to do a reenactment but I couldn't find a link. Did anyone come across it?
Many of those links posted are no longer available.
THIS is sickening, omg.
In addition to helping families searching for missing loved ones, she says, the law could also help police investigations.
As an example, she points to Robert Pickton, the B.C. man who was found guilty in December 2007 of murdering six women and who faces another trial on 20 additional counts. When investigators combed Pickton’s farm for evidence, more than 200,000 samples went for DNA testing and 1,200 DNA profiles were collected from people connected to women missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
The cross-referencing was an arduous process that left four possible victims unidentified at the end of the trial. Pickton can’t be charged with their murders because they can’t be identified. If a missing-persons index had been up and running, police might have been able to trace their identities.
Did she meet someone at air cadets or at the ski hill?
"I thought she was doing really well. She had joined the air cadets and she went skiing just about every weekend."
And then, on the Monday morning of the August long weekend, she left her home and hasn't been seen since. She took none of her things and no money. She just left. With her history as a runaway, much of the investigation has centred around trying to track her down through her friends. One report of a body had police dragging the river near Comox, but everything turned up blank. Besides police, the case is now being investigated by the Calgary-based Missing Children Society of Canada.
This case was featured on W5, and on there you can see Lindsey's mother trying so had to get a DNA database. It is truly sad that here is a mother advocating it and year after year the government shuts her down. I'm glad we're moving a step forward in the right direction.
Still unsolved on the Island:
Camille Raina Ricketts went missing from Victoria in 1994, Lindsey Nicholls disappeared in 1993 and Michael Dunahee went missing, also from Victoria, in 1991.
Having trouble finding where Cumberland and Royston Roads intersect. Cumberland seems to be the name of an area and possibly a road.
Royston Road turns into Dunsmuir Avenue west of 6th Street.
The OPP have a special unit dedicated to finding the missing and identifying human remains with the help of the public on the Internet.
The Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies website was launched in 2006 with some controversy because it featured actual autopsy photos. So far it's generated more than 1,200 tips, located 33 missing persons and identified 10 human remains.