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    Canada - Melissa Richmond, 28, stabbed to death, Winchester, Ont, 24 July 2013

    Was going to post ths last night, though it now seems most likely that the body is hers(we just ont have that many of them here).

    Melissa is missing from hometown, sounds like she decided to go for a drive( not rare IMO to go for a long drive or a drive to where her car was found for people from this area).

    OTTAWA — Police were unable to say Sunday whether a body found in a ravine near Bank Street in south-side Ottawa was that of a woman missing from North Dundas.

    The body was found near the parking lot of a Kelsey’s restaurant at 2208 Bank St. in which the car of Melissa Kelly Richmond, 28, was discovered Friday night.

    “There are no linkages as of now,” said Ottawa police Inspector Chris Renwick.
    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Du...132/story.html

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    Unhappy

    Autopsy is scheduled for today. Still no ID thou, this article states body was "partially clothed" and had multiple stab wounds...

    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ot...823/story.html

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    http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/07/29/...victim-sources

    "Richmond’s 2004 Chrysler Sebring was found nearby, in the mall parking lot, on Friday night. Her purse was still inside, according to family friends, who said it wouldn’t have been like her to drive that far at night.

    The Bank St. site was a hive of police activity again on Monday morning. A large area surrounding the restaurant and the ravine area along Bank St. are still cordoned off behind police tape as officers continuing their search for evidence.

    On Sunday, officers canvassed stores in the mall, looking for any possible surveillance tape, witnesses said"

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    http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/MediaR...66de175ff.aspx

    This is so sad. I'm orignally from this area.

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    Isleofbeads: from where she was found, or where she lived? I am from near where she lived.

    So sad. I know her husband is military, I just hope he is not deployed and is,able to be surrounded by family.

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    Ella,
    My sister lives in Winchester. From what my sis has told me, Melissa had been out with her hubby until about 11:30 p.m. and decided to go out for a quick drive. According to those who know her, she did this often. Her husband is at home. There is speculation she may have gone to Tim Hortons for a quick coffee. I hope they find who did this soon. The town is on edge.

    All IMO
    Last edited by IsleOfBeads; 07-29-2013 at 10:13 PM. Reason: Deleted personal info on my family member

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    How scary! My family is very close to there as well, and my sister in law is a nurse at the hospital.

    At first I thought maybe she had gone for a drive into the city(we used t do that randomly when we needed t get out,etc) but it just doesn't seem like it. I wonder if she ran into someone she knew who asked for help/a lift? This kind of thing just doesn't happen there. Ya know? In the village my family is in, there hasn't been a murder in over 60 years, and before that about 60 more.

    I think though that its often easy to forget that you don't really know someone, simply because you see them every day. There are many times in the past my car has broken down,etc that someone i "knew" from town would offer a ride or assistance. I generally would have a hard time telling you their name, or where they lived, but I felt like. "Knew them" anyway. It's a scary reminder.

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    This is so sad (I mean, it always is, but...). I remember seeing the signal boosted on Facebook when she went missing. I hope they can bring her justice soon.
    "The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsleOfBeads View Post
    Ella,
    My sister lives in Winchester. From what my sis has told me, Melissa had been out with her hubby until about 11:30 p.m. and decided to go out for a quick drive. According to those who know her, she did this often. Her husband is at home. There is speculation she may have gone to Tim Hortons for a quick coffee. I hope they find who did this soon. The town is on edge.

    All IMO
    Just seems strange that she would go out again after being out with her husband earlier. But I guess if others can confirm that she did this often than I guess it might be so.

    The multiple stab wounds or as one article I read put it "stab wound-riddled body" seems a little personal to me. Almost like she knew her attacker and that person was mad. Some what of an overkill.

    Hopefully an arrest will be made soon and justice served.

    JMO

    Link to article referenced: http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/20.../21008651.html

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    Horrible, horrible, horrible.

    Rest in Peace, Melissa.



    “For now we’re still in standby, waiting for the police and coroners to finish their work and let us know where to go next,” posted Matlock Guse on Monday.

    Guse is also a member of a medieval society that Richmond is a part of.

    Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493, OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

    http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2...y-was-richmond


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    Lots of info in this article:

    Given the proximity between the location of Richmond’s car and where her body was found, Rabinovitch can’t understand why it took police so long to find her friend.

    “It makes me angry,” Rabinovitch said. “I want answers.

    “I want the chief of police to explain to me why nobody was in that ditch for two days, if her car was found at the Denny’s and her body was found in the ditch outside of the Kelsey’s.”

    The post-mortem was put off until Monday and frequent updates to a Facebook group operated by friends and family who had been searching for Richmond re-iterated that police had not formally contacted the family with any details well into Monday afternoon.

    Richmond, 28, was last seen leaving her home on Summers Road in Winchester on Wednesday night. Richmond had returned with her husband to their home around 11:30 p.m. after a day out with friends. That home would hours later be known as “Melissa HQ” — the home base that would anchor every effort to find Richmond, from truckers as far as South Carolina to neighbours driving to canvass in South Keys. Prior to her disappearance, Richmond’s friends might have known the home as Castle Greyskull, where she and her husband, avid historical re-enactors, would have hosted other medieval enthusiasts.

    On Wednesday night, Richmond decided to take a drive, something she did frequently. Rabinovitch said she accidentally left her cellphone at home.

    Her car, a gold 2004 Chrysler Sebring, with personalized licence plate RPGGIRL, was found in the South Keys parking lot on Friday night.

    Richmond’s keys and purse were inside the car.

    Friends knew her to frequent the South Keys area, where the Richmonds would go to see movies.

    “It was kind of their hangout,” Rabinovitch said.

    It makes sense to Rabinovitch, a South Keys resident herself, that Richmond would have gone to the South Keys Denny’s, the only place she says is open in the area at that time of night.

    The manager of that Denny’s confirmed that police have seized surveillance video tape footage from the restaurant. The footage is only of the inside of the eatery, but the manager said no employees remember serving Richmond or a woman who looked like her.

    It was a Denny’s employee who recognized the vehicle with personalized plates and reported the car parked in the lot to police. That man immediately contacted Rabinovitch to let her know he’d spotted the car
    http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Pa...823/story.html

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    I wonder if Sonia Varaschin's murderer has changed his MO?

    Not many of these types of murders in Ontario.

    Keys and purse found in her car, nobody at Denny's seen her in there and she was a regular, sounds like she never even left her car.

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    Richmond had been last seen Wednesday leaving her home in a beige 2004 Chrysler Sebring, with the personalized licence plate RPGGIRL.

    She was a dental hygienist, married for eight years to a Canadian soldier named Howard Richmond. She told her husband she was going for a late night drive at approximately 11:30 p.m.

    Her vehicle was found by a Denny's Restaurant employee Friday night who saw her backpack and purse still in the car.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...s-autopsy.html

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    there's gotta be a reason to 'go for a drive' at 11:30 p.m. - like picking up take-out food perhaps? or needing something at the variety store ... or gassing up for work the next morning ... or having an argument and needing to clear one's head

    yes, people go for 'drives' but at that hour? idk - seems weird to me

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    Melissa's workout clothes were in her backpack, according to comments here:

    http://cornwallfreenews.com/2013/07/...-july-28-2013/

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