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Thread: CANADA - Glenda Tedball, 17, Thedford Ontario, 31 Oct 1967

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    CANADA - Glenda Tedball, 17, Thedford Ontario, 31 Oct 1967

    Glenda Tedball
    Missing since October 31, 1967 from Thedford, Ontario, Canada.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: 1951
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Tedball was last seen when she left her residence heading for the back of the property and was seen by a neighbour. She has not been seen or heard from since. She lived with her mother and her companion and with her siblings near the village of Thedford north-west of London. She went to the local high school and has been described as very shy.

    In September 1999, police charged Edward Graton, a 66-year-old London man, with culpable murder in this case. Since the arrest, investigators have had the foundations of the old farmhouse where Glenda Tedball lived, dug up. The house itself burned to the ground several years ago. Glenda has never been found.

    Edward Gratton confessed to police that Glenda Tedball's death was caused by a home abortion carried out by her mother. She bled to death in the basement of her remote country home as Gratton held her down by the shoulders and her mother performed an abortion with a coat hanger.

    Gratton helped tie Glenda's wrists and ankles to a cot in the basement and when she struggled as she bled, he held her down, putting a gag in her mouth.

    Although Gratton told police the teenager was buried under the farmhouse, a recent excavation failed to turn up her remains.

    In 2000, Gratton began two years of a community sentence to pay for his crime. Glenda's mother Norma Poore died in 1999.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Ontario Provincial Police
    519-686-2552

    Source Information:
    Ontario Provincial Police
    The Doe Network: Case File 553DFON

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/553dfon.html

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    A sad Halloween tale...

    Bumping case up. She was actually only 16 not 17 as stated in the thread title.

    It will be 42 years this Halloween that Glenda disappeared. It would appear that the case was solved ten years ago when the Mounties got their man and he confessed. But was it a true confession, or just a story to involve and villify others?

    Good to see that he has paid for Glenda's death with two years of communtity service. That ought to be a lesson for anyone who thinks about committing a crime in Canada.

    At this time, Glenda is still missing.

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    Possible Glenda Tedball Siting

    This photo that resembles Glenda Tedball was found by police in convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala's storage unit.

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/p...ala-women.html
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    Bumping case up. 45 years have passed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Bumping case up. She was actually only 16 not 17 as stated in the thread title.

    It will be 42 years this Halloween that Glenda disappeared. It would appear that the case was solved ten years ago when the Mounties got their man and he confessed. But was it a true confession, or just a story to involve and villify others?

    Good to see that he has paid for Glenda's death with two years of communtity service. That ought to be a lesson for anyone who thinks about committing a crime in Canada.

    At this time, Glenda is still missing.
    I am pretty local to this case, although its before my time.

    IRC the story was that Glenda stayed home from school sick and siblings went to school. About noon, Glenda went for a walk in the woods and was never seen again.

    About 15 years ago (1998 or 99 I think) the case was in the media again. The OPP and the London City Police had a joint task force called "Project Angel". They were re-opening/re-examining several unsolved disappearances and murders that were historic. Glenda's case was one of them.

    If I remember correctly, Glenda's mother was still alive at this point and was re-interviewed by police on what was literally her death bed. SHE confessed to the abortion and subsequent death of Glenda. She then died. Gratton then confessed shortly thereafter, confirming the mother's story.

    Based on that info, I think its pretty likely that the abortion story is true and that its just a matter of locating Glenda's body. This is all from my recollection but I will see if I can find MSM links (although with the time frame I think it might be hard to do).

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    Here is a link into which someone has c&p several of the old London Free Press articles about Glenda from the Project Angel time period. I am copying one in and linking.

    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
    years ago.

    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
    ever found.

    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
    replaced.

    After the house fire, the family sold the farm and it has since been used only
    for crops.

    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)
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