Mistie's Charley Project page http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ay_mistie.html
Following information from her Charley Project page:
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 31, 1995 from Goderich, Ontario
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: October 28, 1978
Age: 16 years old
Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'4, 115 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Reddish-brown hair, gray/green eyes. Mistie has a mole on her right cheek and a gap between her two upper front teeth. Her nickname is Mistron. She may use the last names Oldfield and/or Kidd, or her birth name, Jean Marie Oldfield. Some agencies incorrectly give her middle name as Lynn. Mistie has five piercings in her right ear and two in her left, but was not wearing any earrings at the time of her disappearance.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: Red shorts, black boots, rings on every finger, and possibly a dark green nylon jacket with "Mistie" on the right sleeve, "Flag" on the left sleeve, and "S.D.H.S. Girls Band" on the left side of the chest.
Mistie was last seen on May 31, 1995 in her hometown of Goderich, Ontario. She attended classes at the Goderich District Collegiate Institute on the day of her disappearance and also visited the school nurse, for reasons that have not been made public. She called her adoptive mother, Anne Murray, at work at 3:00 p.m. and could not reach her but left a message. Mistie never arrived home and has never been heard from again.
Mistie's biological mother, Darlene Oldfield, gave her up for adoption in 1980. Mistie spent several years in foster care before being adopted by Anne and Steven Murray in 1983. Her adoptive parents describe her as a friendly, outgoing child who initially performed well in school, but when she reached adolescence she developed personal problems and her grades fell. Mistie re-established contact with Oldfield and met her in person eight months before her disappearance. They were planning a weekend trip together and also were considering living together for the summer.
Investigators initially believed Mistie had run away from home. However, she had been very excited about the upcoming weekend visit with Oldfield and had already packed her suitcase, which was left behind when she vanished. She also left $200 on her bedroom dresser. If she disappeared of her own accord it makes little sense that she would have not taken those items.
Mistie's adult boyfriend, Jeremy Cook, says he last saw her on May 30, and he cashed a check and paid his rent that day. However, bank records show that Cook actually cashed the check on May 31, the day Mistie disappeared. There were reported sightings of Mistie at Cook's apartment on May 31 or June 1, but these have not been confirmed.
Over the course of several days in early June, a number of area teenagers who knew Mistie reported seeing her and speaking with her several times in Goderich and in nearby Clinton, Ontario. In late June, there were possible sightings of her in the Dundas/Adelaide area of London, Ontario, which is frequented by runaways and homeless children. The London witnesses reported that Mistie was involved with drugs and prostitution, and that she left London with her pimp because of the publicity about her disappearance. Police officers in Toronto, Ontario reported seeing someone matching Mistie's description begging on the streets. None of the sightings have been confirmed, however.
Authorities quickly discarded the runaway theory and, in September 1995, charged Steven with murdering Mistie. His trial was in 1997. Prosecutors stated that on the day of Mistie's disappearance, Steven took her out of Snug Harbor into Lake Huron, murdered her, and dumped her body near the center of the lake, where cold temperatures would keep it from surfacing. No motive for the alleged crime was offered. Steven admitted to going out on Lake Huron the day Mistie vanished, but said it was only for a very short trip. Multiple witnesses confirmed that Steven had been on dry land at the time the prosecution said he was killing Mistie, and the jury took less than an hour to acquit Steven of all charges.
Investigators have searched Lake Huron several times for Mistie's remains; they stated that, in spite of his acquittal, they still believe Steven murdered her. A later audit of the investigation into Mistie's case criticized police for failing to follow up on sightings and leads and focusing on the "weak" theory of Steven's guilt. The Murrays divorced after Mistie's disappearance. In 2000, they held a memorial service for Mistie. In 2002, they sued the police for $2.15 million for malicious prosecution and the failure to disclose vital evidence which would have exonerated Steven sooner.
Mistie remains missing and it is unclear whether foul play was a factor in her case. Her adoptive parents believe she ran away from home but is now deceased, possibly murdered by other street children. Mistie's biological mother also believes she is dead. The Charley Project is profiling her case due to the circumstances involved.
Last edited by Danaya; 12-11-2009 at 12:55 AM. Reason: .
Mistie has been missing for nearly fifteen years. I wonder where all the missing people go.
Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them."
— Jodi Picoult (My Sister's Keeper)
bumping for mistie, come home soon...
I just read about this on Doe. This one bugs me since she was planning a trip to meet her bio mother's family. Weird.
The above post is as always MY OPINION ONLY!
I frequently think about Misty. Where is she? What happened?
(not sure if her name is spelled with a 'y' or 'ie' - I keep seeing both everywhere)
Last edited by LadyL; 11-13-2011 at 01:23 PM. Reason: wondering about spelling of her name
interesting that she visited the school nurse that day & called her mom at work at 3 p.m.
Another missing person, Lois Hannah from the same area.
They went missing years apart but only a short distance. Map below for reference.
Where is Nancy Moyer?
This is worth the read.
Where is Nancy Moyer?
I thought that I read somewhere that there was DNA evidence linking her to the Picton Farm. Anyone hear this?
May you rest in peace.....Tori Stafford
Missing but never forgotten Nicole Louise Morin last seen July 30th 1985
No they have never... she dissapeared in Ontario...
I definitely know the police had been following leads. Any sightings I'm sure have been checked up on. I actually know for a fact as of April/May 1997 they were checking up on reported sightings, at least in London. I had 2 officers come to my door after being told that my boyfriend at the time had been seen with Mistie Murray and that I was in fact her. I had to show the officers my identification to prove that I wasn't her.
It's definitely nice to know that they had at least checked on these leads. It's too bad that nothing had ever come of them.
The link by RubyRed on 11 Nov 2011 does not seem to work now - can it be restored?
Mistie's case should be brought to the front page as a cold case.
I remember seeing her missing pictures, but, I didn't know her case until today.
Where is Mistie?
Could she have gone to the school nurse and called her mom because she was pregnant? That could be reason for her adult boyfriend to ham her? How old was he?
I was searching for cold cases in London during the 90's & came across this thread. I am almost positive I saw this girl during my days at H.B. Beal. It's only 3/4 blocks from Dundas & Adelaide.
Does anyone know if Misty wore an Adidas jacket? I really feel like this girl might've bummed a cigarette off me or something. For some reason I recall an Adidas jacket with black stripes down the sleeves. They were popular back then, with dark green or burgundy. It doesn't matter but I feel like I saw her back then.
I do not understand these missing cases either. Where does everyone go? It's haunting.
This case shares so many (too many?) similarities with Christine Harron's disappearance. Same area (a good 1 hour's drive from Goderich to Hanover, where CH was last seen), same age, height and weight, brown curly hair, last seen going to/leaving school, both in May (just over two years apart), body never found. They've charged someone in CH's case (Anthony Ringel), hope they're looking into where he was when Mistie disappeared as well.
Anthony Ringel appears to have grown up in Chesley, Ontario, born 1968. Not sure where he went to high school.
--approximately 1 hour from where Lois Hanna went missing in Kincardine, Ontario, July 3 1988 (25, brown curly hair, 5'4, 119lbs, never found)
--approximately 1 hour from where Lisa Maas went missing in Woodford, Ontario, July 17 1988 (22, dark blonde, shoulder length straight hair, 4'10, 96lbs, never found) *her parents lived south of Chatsworth, about 30min from Chesley
--20 minutes from where Christine Harron went missing in Hanover, Ontario, May 18 1993 (15, brown curly hair, 5'5, 110lbs, never found)
--approximately 1 hour from where Mistie Murray went missing in Goderich, Ontario, May 31 1995 (16, brown curly hair, 5'3-5'4, 115lbs, never found)
Not sure how that would sit with a global audience, but as someone who grew up in the area and knows that this is a basically a collection of villages in a relatively remote area, I would say this is strange.
I'd somehow ruled it out due to the perp's level of sophistication, though due to Mistie Murray's case, and just living there, I know that (unfortunately) some LE and related bureaucracy are primitive (to say the least..potentially even counteractive, one of the main investigators, who'd suggested for years that Mistie's father was molesting her, was tried in court for similar charges). To sum it up, LE isn't the sharpest tool in the shed here. Here, if you can't...be a cop.
It may be a stretch, or not, that all of these cases are ignored due to negligence. Mistie Murray's was an obvious flub, as well as Christine Harron's...only a few thousand people adverse to it in a remote place in cottage country, with some police chiefs due for retirement...hohumm...