The following appears courtesy of the 9/27/99 Canadian Press news wire:
Sep 27, 1999
Arrest made in 30-year-old case
LONDON, Ont. (CP) - A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the case
of a southwestern Ontario teenager who disappeared on Halloween more than 30
Glenda Tedball was 16 years old in 1967 when she went missing from her home
near Thedford, about 45 kilometres northwest of London, on Oct. 31.
A body was never found but police are continuing to search for one.
The arrest of 66-year-old Edward Gratton, of London, on Friday is the result of
an ongoing joint investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police and London city
police known as Project Angel.
Project Angel is looking into 20 unsolved murders in southwestern Ontario
dating between to 1956 and 1983.
The arrest of Gratton for the 1967 murder is the ``first significant
development'' for the police task force since its formation three years ago,
said London police Chief Al Gramolini.
He said he is ``very pleased we've been able to successfully conclude one of
those cases, not only for the community, but the families involved.''
Tedball went missing from her family farm home after going out for a walk in
the morning. She had been home sick from classes at North Middlesex District
High School in Parkhill, near Thedford, and was last seen walking toward the
woods on the 50-hectare farm.
Despite exhaustive searches and pleas from her family, no trace of the teen was
Neighbours reported police were digging Sunday at part of the old foundation of
the farmhouse near Parkhill, once owned by Tedball's family.
The farmhouse burned down some time after Glenda's disappearance and was never
After the house fire, the family sold the farm and it has since been used only
Project Angel went public with its investigations two years ago when it
announced it was starting to gather DNA and other forensic evidence from the
Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.
Since then, officers have interviewed families and witnesses and made public
appeals for tips.
Gratton, who recently moved to London from Belleville, grew up in Thedford,
about 10 kilometres from where Glenda Tedball lived, his brother Louis Gratton
of Stratford said last night.
Gratton was to appear in a London court today. (London Free Press)