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    Alicia's room is waiting Mother is keeping her hopes up

    Fri, September 2, 2005
    By BRODIE FENLON, TORONTO SUN

    MARKHAM -- Alicia Ross' bedroom is ready for her return.

    Her mother, Sharon Fortis, spent five hours on Wednesday cleaning the walls and furniture of black fingerprint dust.

    "I wanted to erase all the awful black and maybe erase the whole thing," she told the Sun yesterday, her voice breaking. "And I wanted it ready for her when she comes back."

    Everything in the large basement room is as it was at 11 p.m. on Aug. 16, the last time Fortis saw her 25-year-old daughter.

    Ross had been there with her boyfriend of six weeks, Sean Hine, who said he left her at midnight outside the upscale home on Bronte Rd. in the Thornhill neighbourhood of Markham. Hine reported his girlfriend missing at 9 a.m. the next day when he couldn't reach her by phone.

    Ross' bedroom, much like her large blended family, appears suspended in time -- a video still on pause now for 17 days.

    Pink Floyd posters hang from the walls; trinkets and photos from Ross' travels around the world line the shelves; a basket of laundry sits by the bed; sliding glass doors look out over the backyard from which the young woman disappeared.

    Nothing has changed, yet everything has changed.

    Two weeks of newspaper headlines trace the arc of a missing-person case as it becomes -- and remains -- an all-out criminal probe. The bell curve rises with hope, then plummets with pessimism as York Regional Police admit suspicions of foul play:

    "MISSING WOMAN. NO ONE'S GIVING UP. ALICIA CASE 'PUZZLING.' POLICE EYE FOUL PLAY. ALICIA KNEW HER KIDNAPPER. NOT A TRACE OF ALICIA."

    Fortis and her husband, Julius, said they never expected it to go on this long. The passage of so much time has shaken their strength -- if not their conviction that Ross is still alive.

    "It's getting very, very hard. I'm keeping my hopes up that she's alive. But if she's not, I just want to know where she is," Fortis said. "I'm not pessimistic. I'm still very hopeful. But I'm really scared ... If she's alive, she's in a very bad place that no one deserves to be in."

    Everyone agrees Ross was abducted by someone she knows. But no one has come to the police with tips or clues, said Fortis, who spent Wednesday night with daughter Tricia driving past warehouses and peering into windows in a search both knew was pointless.

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    York Regional Police dismantled its command post in Thornhill yesterday, 17 days after Alicia Ross went missing.

    "We are still very concerned for her well-being with each passing day," said Chief Armand La Barge, but added that the force remains hopeful of the 25-year-old's safe return.

    Police moved the centre of the investigation to its offices in Richmond Hill because students will be returning to the site they had used, St. René Goupil Catholic School, on Tuesday.
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    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    I think the most suspicous thing to me is that he called the police at 9am to report her missing. It would seem to me her parents would report her. I wonder if he even called her parents. If they would have gone to her room to check on her then I think they would probably be the ones to call the police.

    Maybe he wanted to report her missing to be the "caring boyfriend" and have his name cleared right away. I also wonder if they LE has checked with any previous girlfriends he may have had, and questioned what kind of relationship they had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimeHater
    I think the most suspicous thing to me is that he called the police at 9am to report her missing. It would seem to me her parents would report her. I wonder if he even called her parents. If they would have gone to her room to check on her then I think they would probably be the ones to call the police.

    Maybe he wanted to report her missing to be the "caring boyfriend" and have his name cleared right away. I also wonder if they LE has checked with any previous girlfriends he may have had, and questioned what kind of relationship they had.
    Good question. He seems like the controlling type. They hadn't even dated that long!!

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    Oh for goodness sakes. You'd think after watching the 'other' case so closely, I would have caught onto the BF.

    You are absolutely right! ...If you read that last article linked, everything he said about her was in the 'past tense.'

    We had so many plans for the rest of the summer.
    I was going to propose to her next year.
    We were supposed to go meet my parents next week.
    .........and....just like SP asked det B that first night about a therapist, this guy says,
    "I'm going to need therapy when this is all done."

    Well, at least he knows he needs to appear human and is trying to show emotion.

    Ok, I'm not going to convict the guy in my mind until we know more. But, I'm with you now, , my hinky meter is alerted!

    possible motive .....and this is just a theory,.........
    They just met, it's been a whirl-wind relationship, she just received a promotion and was to start a new job, they were supposed to 'meet his parents,' (and most people realize when a bf or gf have you meet the parents it's getting somewhat serious) perhaps she wanted to slow things down, take a breather, ........and he was afraid he was losing her and.........

    This is JMHO and possibility, of course!

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    I agree completely! Articles describe Alicia as strong and adventurous. She's traveled on her own, had previous boyfriends; she doesn't sound like she is ready to settle down. She just got a promotion which I think I read involved more travel. Sean appears far too possessive to have a place in her life for long.

    His statement, "I was going to propose to her next year," bugs me. If their relationship was moving toward marriage, I would think it was something they talked about. "We were thinking of getting married next year," although in the past tense, sounds more appropriate to me.

    From what I gather, although reports are confusing, Alicia and Sean were at her home. They were in her bedroom when her mother saw her at 11PM. Sean claims he went home about 12AM, leaving her either in front or in back of her house.

    It's Sean.

    IMO of course

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    Sean is to eager in my book. So what if she didn't answer her phone at 9:00 in the morning. Why would that mean that she was missing? If her mom had gone to her room she would have probably thought that her daughter had already left for work. Probably just depends on their morning routine. I can't see why Sean would think she was missing though. If I call someone in the morning and they don't answer their phone I don't turn around and call 911!!

    My understanding is that they went to Sean's place. She left her home around 11 am. When Sean brought her home she went through the backyard as her bedroom is in the basement. That is why her parents didn't see her when she came home around 11 pm. There would be a door from the outside into her bedroom.

    Truth of the matter is probably...he picked her up at 11 am and never did take her home but because her bedroom is in the basement he can say that he dropped her off and her parents can't verify one way or the other.

    It does sound like LE is on to something. There must be a reason for them to suspect the involvement of others. Maybe Sean's roommates? It sounds like he was moving to fast for her...insecure and controlling. LE will get him sooner or later. He is a fool not to take the lie detector...unless he is guilty of course.

    How did all of these guys end up so darn sick? The world is full of them.

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    Nothing new on Alicia???

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    Poor Alicia has kind of fell off the radar screen. I can't find anything on her after 9/2/05.

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    Hopefully the police are still on it.

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    wondering if anyone has heard anything else about Alicia?

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    Four Weeks Since Alicia Ross' Disappearance

    The worst thing is not knowing.

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    The agony of the wait seems to get worse every day.

    Alicia came home late on the evening of August 16th, and after saying goodbye to her boyfriend Sean Hine, went in her house. Her mother recalls thanking her daughter for a purse she was lending her, and then headed off to bed – a move she now deeply regrets.

    “I never go to bed early,” she sighs. “It was just that one night.”

    But it was the night Alicia disappeared, without her shoes, her purse or even her keys. Her car was found parked in the driveway where she’d left it. But there was nothing to indicate why she went back out or where she went from there.

    Now, so many days later with so little progress, Fortis’ strength and hope remains, although tempered with reality. “I need that phone call,” she pleads. “I need my daughter back. And I hesitate to say it but I will say it – in whatever circumstances.”

    The special Alicia Ross hotline remains active, but the calls have slowed considerably since the initial publicity faded. If you have a clue to ease a mother’s tortured mind, call 1-866-287-5025.


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    I'm really confused now. Alicia must have came into the house after Sean dropped her off as her mother said that she thanked her for a purse that she was loaning her and then mom went to bed.

    So she came home and did go into the house. Did Sean go on home after dropping her off or did he end up going into her basement room for some reason after her mom went to bed? Did someone come by and pick her up as she didn't take her car. I wonder if Sean's roommates were home when he got back there. If so, what time did they say he arrive.

    I still don't understand why Sean involved himself in calling LE to report her missing just because she didn't answer her cell phone that morning. Why did he think she was missing? Had he even talked to her mother that morning? So many questions and no answers. I wish we knew what LE probably knows.


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    I believe I read in an earler post that Alicia's mom was down stairs in the basement (where Alicia's room is) telling her and Sean about a funny story on something she tried to return. Maybe this was earler in the evening and then they left. Went to the store, or for a drive or something.
    It also said in one post that Alicia's mom had a movie on pause from when she had left her room. By that I thought that maybe she had just stepped out to walk Sean to his car. But most of the links describe it as him dropping her off.
    You never know with the media which version is acurate.

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    Alicia's family struggling



    THORNHILL -- It used to be a busy, noisy house brimming with warmth and laughter.

    Six kids, two knee-high poodles and two working parents equalled a bustling household.

    But since Alicia Ross, 25, disappeared more than a month ago, an unwelcome silence has crept in.

    "Whenever I had time alone, it was like a treasure," Ross' mother, Sharon Fortis, said yesterday at her kitchen table. "Now it's not good for me to be alone. I always need to be with people." Ross disappeared on Aug. 16 from her home on Bronte Rd., launching a citywide search that yielded no substantial leads. Her boyfriend Sean Hine, 29, was the last to see her.





    Family members have slowly resumed their routines. Brother Jamie is back at Seneca College, sister Trisha has returned to Australia to finish university studies, and father Julius goes in to work every morning as an accountant.

    "It's too depressing and much too hard on the psyche to sit and wait for the phone to ring," Fortis said.

    But all suffer short attention spans and have difficulty concentrating on the most banal of tasks.

    Even Fraser, the family dog, has changed his behaviour since Ross' disappearance.

    "He won't go down to her room," Fortis said looking at the pooch, its head resting on its paws, staring blankly at pairs of feet under the table. "He was extremely close with her and used to sleep in her bed. He knows something bad happened or saw what happened."

    The day Ross disappeared, Fortis said, it was when she saw her daughter's sandals lying uncharacteristically askew in the backyard and a glass sitting outside that she realized how bad the situation was.

    "She would definitely not leave things lying in the grass like that because of the dogs," Julius added.

    'WE HAVE NO ENEMIES'

    Since learning Ross was likely abducted by someone she knew, the family members have also been racking their brains for suspects.

    "We started thinking, but the problem is we have no enemies really," Julius said.

    They've given police every possible scenario and all have been interviewed, but suspects can be found in the unlikeliest places, even the biker you inadvertently cut off, he said.

    Since her disappearance, life has become a conscious struggle to just get through the day, Sharon said. "I wake up feeling sad, I fill my day, and go to bed sad ... But you have to have hope. There's no such thing as giving up. We're not a defeatist family."







    http://www.torontosun.com/News/Toron...22111-sun.html

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    On the news tonight, reporters were talking about finding the body of Jennifer Teague (the 18 year old missing for a week from Otawa, Ontario). They said there there was no new information about the disappearance of Alicia.
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    I feel so sad for Alicia's family. I don't know how those kids are hanging in there in college. There minds have to be on their sister all of the time. I don't think I could concentrate well enough to stay in school. I understand what her mother is talking about. It is hard to even function and do what needs to be done. I wish LE would find Alicia and that they would find who did this. My bet is still on the boyfriend. I'll bet LE is keeping a eye on him. I wonder if LE took fingerprints off of that glass in the yard.

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    Alicia Ross’ mom – coping in an impossible situation

    September 21, 2005
    ByPAUL LUNGEN
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    In the month since her daughter Alicia Ross has been missing, Sharon Fortis has taken comfort in the good wishes of friends, the support of family, the outpourings of generosity from neighbours and strangers – and from the biblical book of Tehilim (Psalms).

    Every day like clockwork, Fortis picks up a copy of Tehilim and recites two psalms, one for herself and one for her daughter. She chose Psalm 57 because it corresponds to her age; she chose Psalm 26 because Alicia “is 25 going into her 26th year.”

    Psalm 26:9-12: “Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with men of blood; in whose hands is craftiness, and their right hand is full of bribes. But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity; redeem me, and be gracious unto me. My foot standeth in an even place; in the congregations will I bless HaShem.”

    Psalm 57:2: “Be gracious unto me, O God, be gracious unto me, for in Thee hath my soul taken refuge; yea, in the shadow of Thy wings will I take refuge, until calamities be overpast.”

    The unexplained disappearance of her daughter from the family home on Aug. 16 has, she acknowledged, sorely tested her faith. “I ask, why did God do this to me? A friend of mine said, ‘God doesn’t punish. God is just there to help you get through the bad.’

    “I thought it so many times. Why? I don’t know why.”

    Despite her doubts, Fortis has found consolation in her faith and in the support of her community. On the second day of her disappearance, “Rabbi [Avraham] Plotkin’s wife [Goldie] from Chabad Lubavitch Markham came across the street. They put up a kosher mezuzah with me on my front door. We did it together… and we put a new mezuzah in Alicia’s bedroom. When things settled down, I found my late mother’s mezuzahs and put them in Alicia’s room.”

    The rebbitzin’s support hasn’t wavered. “Every Friday something [for the Sabbath table] comes from her. She’s a sweet, sweet woman.”

    Plotkin said she visited the Fortis home soon after the disappearance. “We brought a little bit of Jewishness into the picture and it helped.”

    She suggested the mezuzahs as the prayer they contain asks for God’s protection at home, during sleep, when you arise and when you are away.

    She also presented Fortis with a book, The Power of Hope, which she said outlined the Jewish view on coping in difficult situations.

    Plotkin is not alone in supporting the Fortis family. In the days immediately after Alicia’s disappearance, food packages began pouring in to their Thornhill home. “Everything was homemade,” Fortis said. “Everything had a note saying what family it came from, with their thoughts and prayers.

    “I have a huge basket filled with notes, cards and prayers.”

    Just a couple of weeks ago, “a massive homemade challah arrived from a family whose son went to school with Alicia.” The sandwich shop in the building where Alicia worked sent a platter of food. When they’re not sending food, many families across the city have sent their best wishes. TV reporters have told her the stations continue to receive e-mails about Alicia. A prayer on a card was placed for her daughter in the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

    “It’s very comforting that Jews all over the world [are sending their] prayers,” she said.

    “I take consolation in the fact that so many people care and are good people. I feel badly for people because they feel as helpless as me, and there is nothing to do but to wait for the phone call and hope.”

    In the midst of her anguish, Fortis has tried to restore some sense of normalcy. Although she retired from her 20-year career at Gowlings, a Canada-wide law firm, she continues to do contract work and a few weeks ago she completed a report on the regulatory aspects of environmental law, an area she specializes in. She found the experience therapeutic.

    Initially, she said, she couldn’t leave the house for more than an hour. “I got edgy,” she said.

    More recently, she played a round of golf and found that at least for the four hours on the course, “life was normal. But I know life will never be the same.”

    Fortis has drawn support from people who have also suffered tremendous loss. Coincidentally, she became friendly earlier this year with Linda Kimelman, whose daughter, Marnie, was killed by a terrorist bomb on a beach in Israel in July 1990. “She’s been extremely supportive,” Fortis said.

    She’s also been contacted by Priscilla de Villiers, whose daughter, Nina, was murdered in 1991 while jogging near Lake Ontario, and who founded a lobby group against violence.

    In the early days of Alicia’s disappearance, the Fortis family were assisted by crisis counsellor Larry Nusbaum.

    “He takes you to to place within yourself to find a feeling that for that time it takes away the bad and forces the good feelings within you to evolve and take over,” Fortis said.

    Although police have been investigating Alicia’s disappearance for more than a month, they have not announced any breakthroughs in the case. “It’s a slow, methodical process,” Fortis said.

    At this point, after so many difficult days, she is hoping for some sort of resolution.

    “You need closure,” she said. “Finding her is closure. God willing, she’s alive, but even if she’s not, it’s not right that she’s just out there. For me, closure means an end to this limbo existence. It’s horrible.”

    Closure doesn’t mean she’s given up hope that Alicia will be found alive.

    A member of the Gowlings firm in Calgary called Fortis to offer encouragement. “She said, ‘There’s no proof she’s alive, but there’s no proof she’s not alive. So you must not give up,’” Fortis recalled.

    This Rosh Hashanah, Fortis will attend services at Temple Har Zion, as she always does. And, as she always does, she will host a holiday dinner, but the thought of it without Alicia is difficult to imagine.

    “Usually we have a house of close to 40 people for Rosh Hashanah,” she said, wiping away tears. “I’m not doing it this year. Just our family.”

    http://www.cjnews.com/viewarticle.asp?id=7356

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    Body of missing Ont. woman Alicia Ross found

    Wed. Sep. 21 2005
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    CTV News has learned that police have located the body of Alicia Ross in two separate areas northeast of Toronto.

    Remains were found in the Kawartha Lakes area as well as in Manilla, north of Port Perry.

    As well, one person is in custody in the case.

    According to reporters in the area, police have strung up a line of police tape around a house next door to the Ross family home.

    York Regional police Chief Armand La Barge plans to make an announcement about "a major development" in the case at a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.

    Ross, 25, vanished from her suburban Toronto home in mid-August without a trace. She was last seen just past midnight Aug. 17 by her boyfriend, Sean Hine, in the backyard of the Markham home she shares with her parents.

    Hine reported Ross missing the following morning after she failed to show up for work. Her car was still in her driveway and her purse and car keys were in the house.

    Police never considered Hine a suspect in the case.

    More than 1,000 volunteers helped investigators comb nearby wooded areas, ravines, creeks and streets in the weeks following Ross' disappearance, but the searches turned up no clues.

    Police said recently they had ruled out the possibility that Ross simply stepped away from her house or had some kind of accident, and said she more likely met with "foul play." They said they believed Ross was abducted by somebody she knew.

    Following the disappearance, police set up a 24-hour hotline to allow people to call in with any information. Police said they had received numerous tips and followed up on some of them by searching an area in the Haliburton area, northeast of the city.

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    oh no, i was scared i was going to read this. her poor poor family. at least they have such a large family to comfort each other.

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    Man charged in death of Ont. woman Alicia Ross
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    Police believe they have located the body of Alicia Ross following the surrender of a man who has been charged with her murder.

    York Regional Police told reporters Wednesday that on Tuesday evening, a man turned himself into police along with his lawyer. Shortly after, police were able to recover human remains.

    "We believe the remains are those of Alicia Ross," Insp. Tom Carrique of York Region Police told reporters.

    Daniel Sylvester, 31, has been charged with second degree murder and will appear in court today, Carrique said. He refused to take any questions from reporters.
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    Arrest made, remains recovered in Alicia Ross case

    Updated: Sep 21, 2005
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    Police have made an arrest in the murder of Alicia Ross, and they have discovered the remains of the 25-year-old woman in two areas north of Toronto.

    York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge announced the arrest at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

    A neighbour, 31-year old Daniel Sylvester, faces a charge of second-degree murder. He surrendered to police with his lawyer on Tuesday night.

    Sylvester appeared in court in nearby Newmarket on Wednesday.

    Remains were reportedly found in the Kawartha Lakes area as well as in Manilla, north of Port Perry.

    Ross disappeared from her home in a Toronto suburb on Aug. 17.

    On Wednesday morning, police cordoned off the street, including the neighbour's house.

    Ross lived in a basement apartment in her parents' home in Thornhill. She was last seen there after being dropped off by her boyfriend, Sean Hine.

    According to York police, Hine told them he left Alicia there around midnight and when he called her cellphone 15 minutes later, there was no answer.

    Police say he told them he called again early the next morning and still Alicia didn’t answer. It was Hine who eventually reported his girlfriend missing when he called 911 at 10 on the morning of Aug. 18.

    That morning, her blue Toyota Corolla was still parked in the driveway on Bronte Road. In her apartment, her mother has told newspapers, her daughter left behind her cellphone, her cigarettes and her wallet.

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    poor Alicia

    CTV news just reported that LE have found Alicia. A man surrendered to police. How tragic, how sad.

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    Angry Alicia's body has been found

    Sadly Alicia's body has been found. A sick $@*$%#^$ who lived next door to her..... so upsetting!

    http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgar...8-27dddf473cf9

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    Angry Sad to report Alicia's body has been found

    I am not sure if I post this here too...but wanted people to know...mods please move if not appropriate. Thanks. Some sick son of a b who lived next door to her confessed!

    http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgar...8-27dddf473cf9

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