CANADA Canada - Jean Sampare, 18, Vancouver, 14 Oct 1971

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  1. WhyaDuck?

    WhyaDuck? Inactive

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    Virgina Sampare vanished on October 14, 1971, while hanging out with her cousin. Her cousin left her to return to his home to get a coat, but never saw her again. He reports hearing a pickup door slam shut, but no one knows what exactly happened to Virginia, despite an extensive search.

    Virginia doesn't fit the E-Pana criteria as an official victim for the Highway of Tears investigation project. Her family says it would not be like Virginia to have run away, as she always told them where she was going. However, reports that she was depressed at the time over the recent disappearance of her boyfriend (who was later found drowned) have left open theories that she moved away or committed suicide. Virginia's siblings do not believe either of these theories to be true.

    Her case was reopened in 2001, but there have been no conclusions reached.

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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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  3. The Whistler

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    something does not add up in this one...
  4. Moonwalker9

    Moonwalker9 Well-Known Member

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    Canada's Missing | Case details

    Virginia Sampare (that's the name listed) was last seen on October 14, 1971. Ms. Sampare was despondent over the death of her boyfriend. Ms. Sampare left the residence in the evening of that date and was not seen again.

    The Doe Network: Case File 2010DFBC

    Vital Statistics

      • Date Of Birth: 1953
      • Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
      • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown eyes; dark brown hair.
      • DNA: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Virginia Sampare was last seen on October 14, 1971. She and her cousin Alvin were hanging out near an old bridge on Highway 16, outside their home town of Gitsegukla. Alvin hopped on his bicycle to go home and get a jacket. He told Virginia he'd return shortly.
    On his way back, as he cycled toward the highway, he heard a pickup door close; by the time he reached the road, Virginia was nowhere in sight. She has never been seen again.

    RCMP officers, civil defense personnel and local residents began searching the dense bush around the village about a week after Virginia vanished. No trace of her was found. After eight days, the effort was called off.

    Virginia vanished after the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, and before his body was found drowned in the Skeena River. Virginia was upset that cold day and had left the house without a jacket. She would usually let someone know her plans, and it would have been out of character for her to run away.

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