Discussion in 'Victoria Stafford' started by christine2448, Aug 10, 2009.
Please post all media links relating in this thread.
If anyone knows or has any information on the accused please do contact the police via this dedicated number -
Victoria Stafford Investigation line: 1-866-825-4222.
If you wish to remain anonymous please contact:
Online Tip Submission Form
Constable Laurie-Anne Maitland's media release information from April 9th to June 5th. Has links to photos and videos.
Victoria Stafford Search and Investigation Map
-50 Minute Perimeter
-Dumpster Search Location with Pics
-Articles of Interest Location with Pics
-Mt.Forrest Recovery Location
-Esso Station Article
-Various Lakes Searched
-Drayton, Former residence of Accused
-Other possible Attempted Abduction location(s), prior to April 8, 2009
Thanks to Potatohead, for this Working Timeline
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE HELPED
Ongoing Edits to add dates/details - will add article links
Any FB/MS/Forum entries are paraphrased - not cut & paste posts from other sites, unless the FB post has been reported in the mass media & linked to a news article.
WIP TIME LINE:
TM's Brother Scott Jeffery McDonald born
Michael Thomas Rafferty - DOB (2009 said to be 5'10" & 180 lbs.)
March? - TLM Adopted @ 9 mos old by R McClintic and Carol McClintic (nee Sanford) (Professional stripper name = 'Breese')
TLM's Parents, Carol and Rob McClintic, separate
1995 - '96
'95 to March '96
MR attends "Alexander MacKenzie High School" in Richmond Hill Sept. (claims to graduate - only earned one credit)
TLM alleges she was molested at age 4-5
Adoptive Father Rob McC says 'Goodbye' to TLM in court at age 6-7. Continues to pay child support.
RS (20) and TM (17) Get Married
MR Lives in Toronto (Queen St W)
Carol retains full custody of TLM
Paternal Gma & family loose contact with TLM (Nancy McC - widowed approx 1999)
TM Begins Using Oxy
TLM Begins 4 Year Stretch in & out of Juvie & Foster Homes
MR Lives in Guelph
MR Works as Landscaper in Guelph until Late 2007
Carol McC & TLM Move Back to Woodstock
TM First Goes to Meth Clinic
TM's other Step-father, Robert Winters, passes away
MR Moves to Woodstock
TM Suffers Addicition Relapse
July - Unknown Date
TLM comes home to live with Carol again - from Juvie & Detention?
TM's brother Scott Jeffrey McDonald passes away
TLM & MR meet?
TLM & MR meet?
(Approx) - TLM moves next-door to Craig R & Jessica M
RS Begins to attend Blossom Park Education Centre
March 3 (approx)
10 y/o old Boy Approached by Two People in Car (Tennyson Street)
TM's Step-father, Jim Harris, passes away
MR'sFormer GF Ends 2 Month Relationship (with him)
TLM walked small dog by Tori's school
10:01 a.m. - MR writes on his FaceBook - Everything Good Is Coming My Way
12:00 p.m. - TM says that she visited her Gpa 'Poppa' at Cressant Care
1:38 - TLM's FB activity shows request to exchange phone number - 'disconnected, gimme ur digits - fo rea'
3:25 - school dismissed
3:32 - Tori seen on video northbound on Fyfe with perp
3:32 or 3:33 - Esso Station Video Showing Rafferty's Car
3:45 OR 4:15 - Daryn home (Both times per TM - This shifts the rest of the time line accordingly)
4:00/4:15 - 4:30 - TM, LW & DS drive around looking for Tori
4:30 TM is dropped off so she can call friends - LW continues to drive around searching
5:21 TM calls LW and tells her to go to Police station
Unknown time - RS calls TM 'will be late picking Tori up'
. TM replies, "Tori isn't home yet. Hope she isn't missing"
6:06 - Missing report filed - The OCPS began its investigation after receiving the initial report
6:30 - Rodney is called to inform him that Tori is missing.
(from 570 news radio interview)
7:30 p.m. - Police begin search for Tori
Early evening - Officer Maitland states MT's car was said to be seen by people at Home Depot Plaza in Guelph with Suspects & Tori in the Car
9:00 - LE Views Video from Esso - Suspect Car there minutes after abduction
12:00 a.m. - Police in other jurisdictions notified
3:07 a.m. - LE sent Media notice out
11:45 - police helicopter arrives to assist with search
4:30 - Southside Pond search by Fire Dept
Cosmo (TM's dog) eats ???, unknown, possibly plastic or garbage - taken to vet
LE releases Video from High School of Abductor
Police say they are looking for a white woman, aged 19-25, about 120-125 pounds, with a black ponytail and who was wearing black jeans and a white puffy jacket.
Possible sighting in this video of TLM while Maitland is talking (standing behind her)
JJ arrives in Woodstock
LE Techs Obtain Surveillance Video from ESSO stn
Between April 8 - 12
TLM cuts her hair
Craig Racine, Jessica McDonald and Tina X - begin to suspect TLM and have multiple conversations with her abotu Tori's disappearance - they contact police during this time.
Police canvas neighbourhood & TLM hides in bathroom when LE knocks on Raccine's door (same link above)
Acquantance of TLM reports to LE that they'd given TLM a puffy, white jacket and has concerns about the video
TLM hands out Tori Is Missing flyers
4:02 - TLM FB activity - shows another discussion re: exchanging phone numbers 'i`ll give u my digz when i get back 2 OTT.'
Volunteers accompany police in a second day of searching for Tori.
Candlelight Vigil for Tori
TLM arrested on outstanding warrants/charges. (From Wilson St.). Taken in unmarked car, not in handcuffs.
1:50 p.m. - American organization Code Amber News Service issues "Missing Endangered person Alert" for Tori
8:00 p.m. - Hundreds gather for a candlelit vigil in the Zellers parking lot
TM's first 'presser' at vigil
Police End Ground Search
Enhanced Video released
Police Defend Not Issuing Amber Alert
TM Expresses that Tori's Disappearance Should be Treated as Abduction
TM states she 'has not done drugs since high school'
News comes out about James Goris 3rd Appearance in Court regarding Theft under $5,000 charge
Woodstock Rally & Balloon Release
TM urges Police to Treat Case as an Abduction. 30 LE around the clock. 500 Tips so far
OPP Take Lead in Case Investigation
LE Reports >1,000 Tips To Date
Symbolic Walk on College St. Dozens of people
Composite Sketch Released
Lie Detector Tests disclosed to media
Cambridge Woman Mistakenly Arrest then Released
Mysterious Benefactor Limo Ride
Daryn's 11th Birthday
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AMW - Short Case Profile
TM Releases News of Mysterious Benefactor & Limo Ride Publicly
Oxford Police Announce $50,000 Reward
Police Ask Farmers to Be Vigilant
'Tori's Ride Home' Motorcycle ride May 2nd.
LE Release VOI Images
JJ TM's brother returns to Alberta. (per TM press conf)
RS Makes Another Plea for Tori's Release
TM Absent from Press Conference for the 1st Time
Police Search Door-to-door Again in Woodstock
TM believes daughter still alive
Police search homes in Cluny, Alberta.
TM Confirms LE Seized Her Computer Earlier in Case
Daryn Joins TM & RS at Press Conference
Courtice Balloon Launch
SL Reacts - 'It's Not Me
TM Reports Computers Seized & JJ's & his Mom's Homes recently searched in AB
Sarah L reacts "It's not me"
May 10 (Mother'sDay)
Cosmo (TM's dog) is picked up from the Vet
Tara reads Tori Love Letter (debate - written on Mom's Day?)
TM Admits Drug Problem
Racine & JMcD see MR in the area
RS & TM Bicker During PC
Racine & JMcd email LE license plate of MTR to police
100 Officers Working the Case
Candlelight Vigil Victoria Park, London
May 18 (Victoria Day)
Float Honouring Tori In Woodstock Victoria Day Parade
Vigil in Ingersoll at Memorial Park
RS & TM announce they have accepted help from PI
Approx 10:30 - 11:00 p.m. - MR arrrested
May 20 (Day 1 of Remains Search) DAY 42
ARRESTS - OPP Major Development Release
Video of Announcement
Charged are: 18-year-old Terri-Lynn McClintic is charged with the following Criminal Code Charges:
- Accessory After The Fact To Murder
- Abduction Of A Person Under Sixteen
28-year-old Michael Rafferty is charged with the following Criminal Code Charges:
- First Degree Murder
- Abduction Of A Person Under Sixteen
TLM & MR Both Appear in Court - (Oxford County Court House) - Remanded into Custody until May 28th
4:00 p.m. Police Search Rockwood Area (wellington 22 & #6)
Evening - Chopper Search Moves 10 Miles N - towards Fergus
Rob S Lunges for MR and shouts Expletives as MR Leaves Court
Students at Tori's School are Informed She is Dead
Police Confirm TM Knows TLM
RS - "I Can't Believe She's Dead"
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Missing Alert for Tori Canceled
Photo Gallery of Arrests (LFP Keeps Adding Photos - Check Often)
TLM Begins Assisting Police With Search
TLM is Held Daily at the Oxford Community Police Station until May 23rd
May 21 (Day 2 of Remains Search)
Forensics Van at TM's for DNA Profile (tooth, shoes)
Tara Lashes out at LE
OPP Search Guelph Car Washes
Tara denies buying drugs from TLM
TLM helps with Search For Tori's Body
LE Cordons Off Garbage Dumpster Near Fergus
Const. Glen Childerley says the search for Tori's body will be a long and complex process.
Counselors at Tori's School
Last Tea Party For Tori - Thrown by her Friends
Police Release Photos of 2003 Honda
Police Seize MR's Honda (sometime between 20th - 21st)
May 22 (Day 3 of Remains Search)
Police release Photos of Suspect MR's Vehicle (believed to have been in vicinity of Guelph Home Depot April 8th)
Carol M., TLM's adoptive Mother, says TLM met Tori through the dogs. Tori talked to TLM about one of Carol's dogs, Precious
Carol states she met TM & JG perviously when they wanted to breed their dog.
TM Doesn't Think TLM Will be of any 'Help'
TM:"Just remember her because she was the prettiest, most beautiful little girl in the world."
Former Addicts/Dealers Discuss OXY Trade & Use in Woodstock
May 23 (Day 4 of Remains Search)
MR's Ex-GF Describes their Former Relationship
LW Talks About Puppy for Tori & Forgiveness
Police Tactics Questioned
PM Harper says "Tori is in a Better Place"
Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino (Top Cop) Draws Parallel Between Tori's Case & Bernardo's Victims
Tara Thanks Community
May 24 (Day 5 of Remains Search)
10:00 p.m. - Court Order Allowing McClintic to Assist With Search Expires
Tori Stafford investigators hunt for missing car seat
McClintic In Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre
Tara's Family Disputes Drug Connection
Police Ask Woodstock Businesses for More Surveillence Video
May 25 (Day 6 of Remains Search)
(National Missing Children's Day)
LE Inspect Car Seat Found in Kitchener - Sent to Tillsonburg for OPP Forensic Testing
McClintic no longer assisting with the search.
LE Search Bellwood & Guelph Lakes with Sonar
RS States That He Feels Tori Was Targeted For Abduction
Tori's accused killer on suicide watch in Elgin-Middlesex Detention Center
Report: LE Views Video from Esso on April 8th - Suspect Car there minutes after abduction
MR Exercising His Right to Remain Silent
MR & TLM - Next Scheduled Court Appearance - TLM @ 9:00
Screen shots from global video
limo story - http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_34077.aspx
Audio TM limo ride interview http://www.imeem.com/keminicationsm...ns-media-ap-feed-tara-mcdonalds-limo-ridemp3/
( screen shots POF)
*** Terri lynn face book screen caps ***
http://cancrime.com/2009/05/accused-child-killer-left-trail-online.html (MR online pics etc)
http://woodstocksentinelreview.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1579584&auth=Patrick Maloney, SUN MEDIA
SLIDESHOW OF PHOTOS -
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/CityandRegion/2009/06/01/9643846.html (jailhouse visits)
http://cd989.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=16591 (tlm rejoins search)
JUNE 6TH (Tori's memorial)
http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2009/06/11/9766006.html (landfill search ends)
Photos's from April 8th through July 21st
Articles from April Through July (ignore the first few bridge results i don't know how to remove them)
Video's from APRIL Through JULY
Saying goodbye to Tori
Published - Jul 24th, 2009
No life should end this way, let alone the life of a child.
Abandoned in a field, far from loved ones, left to decompose without a proper burial.
Yet, such was the fate of young Tori Stafford.
It is hard to reconcile this end to the pictures we have seen of Tori, the pictures used in the hopes of finding her, before hope ran out.
Every picture shows a smiling, mischievous face. Tori was likely similar to every other eight-year-old girl of her age — she probably listened to her parents some of the time, and tried to get her own way the rest of the time.
She probably wanted to have all the latest toys and gadgets, and giggled with her girlfriends.
She was like every other little girl we know, except for this one, terrible fact. She was never given the chance to grow up. She died horribly and was taken far from her home.
We don’t know what to make of stories like this one. All parents wonder how to protect their children, how to keep them safe, without creating such an atmosphere of fear that our children are unable to enjoy being children.
In the case of Tori, the only hope that can come out of this is that her tragic death will serve as a sober reminder to the rest of us of our solemn duty to protect the children in this world from harm.
The sad thing is, of course, that there never is a way to protect our children from all harm. Bad things happen — or bad people happen to good children.
But if we do what we can, if we remember Tori every single day, perhaps we can prevent another tragic death.
In the meantime, all we can do is say a prayer for Tori and her family, and remember her.
Rest in peace, little girl.
100 days of private h***
August 26, 2009
The top story on John Walsh's "America's Most Wanted" website this week was that of Victoria "Tori" Stafford, the eight-year- old who was abducted from outside the Oliver Stephens Public School in Woodstock, Ontario, on April 8, 2009.
Captioned above a picture of Tori were the words "Cops Con-firm That Child's Remains Are Tori's," then superimposed on her picture the word every parent whose child has been abducted dreads to hear -the word "deceased."
It's been a prolonged nightmare for her Mom and Dad and the many who loved Tori, a horrid nightmare that began four days before Easter Sunday and ended 102 days later on July 19, 2009.
No columnist writing about this tragedy can capture the intensity of the anguish experienced by her parents, Tara McDonald and Rodney Stafford. It must be inexplicably painful, one must feel that one's heart has literally been ripped out, crushed beyond measure.
Speaking from the personal trauma of losing his own son, John Walsh says, "Adam's abduction was our private hell." And 'hell' indeed it is, every year here in this nation for many parents whose children go missing.
According to the RCMP's latest statistics 60,582 children went missing in Canada in 2007. Of that staggering amount, more than 46,000 were runaways, most found within 72 hours of their disappearance.
As the hearse containing the remains of Victoria Stafford was driven from the dirt road where they were found, police officers stood at attention with accompanying salute. It was a poignant moment, a little girl's body, and a little girl, being silently dignified by those who had combed every inch of ground to find her.
It was for her parents, Tara and Rodney, "closure" of a sort, never to have found her brings no finality to this trauma, yet, as John Walsh of "America's Most Wanted" is so perceptive to note, "Everybody uses this word (closure) and banters it around....I don't have any closure and most parents of murdered children or crime victims don't really have closure, because your life is changed forever by that event."
And life is changed forever. Walsh, following the abduction and murder of his own son, would launch "America's Most Wanted," and turn his personal pain into a pulpit.
Hopefully Tara and Rodney can do the same, and facilitate the healing process in their own lives.
For those of you who are parents of tiny tots and children, the Tori Stafford abduction and murder begs a question of you: "Have you 'street-proofed' your kids?" Have you carefully indoctrinated them with sufficient street smarts that will keep them safe when they are out of your sight? If not, do it right away! Get some help from Child Find Ontario or some other child-friendly agency.
Today, Saturday, there will be a memorial service for the cute little eight-year-old. She went to school on Wednesday, April 8 with her Hanna Montana T-shirt and her purple "Bratz" bag. She was only eight folks, that's all.
Let justice flow down like a mighty river !
Family set to say goodbye
July 30, 2009
Sixteen weeks after she was cruelly stolen from a Woodstock street, Victoria "Tori" Stafford has now come home.
The eight-year-old's remains were finally returned to her grieving family this week from Toronto's Centre for Forensic Sciences, marking the end to the saddest chapter in this heart-wrenching story.
"We have been able to return Victoria back home for a (private) funeral," acting Oxford Community Police Service Chief Rod Freeman confirmed Wednesday. "We're happy she's back home. I've talked to the family, who are relieved they can put her to rest with dignity."
But Tori's sad homecoming is far from the end of the police investigation, which Freeman promised would continue in earnest for some time. Officers with this joint OPP-OCPS investigation were still combing the rural area near Mount Forest where an OPP detective discovered Tori's remains on July 19.
"They are still working up in the Mount Forest area," Freeman said. "It won't be for much longer."
Freeman said that pathologists at the Centre for Forensic Sciences were still examining recovered evidence in preparation for the upcoming trials of the two Woodstonians accused of Tori's kidnap and murder. While the police would still be at the forefront of the investigation for weeks to come -- Freeman estimated that OCPS officers would still part of the "core investigation" until the late fall -- the acting chief said the case was fast approaching the point where Oxford's Crown attorney's office would be taking the lead.
"The task force is still shouldering the lion's share of the investigation right now," he said, "but we're certainly a lot closer to that point now than we were just a few weeks ago."
Freeman indicated that investigators were already working closely with the Crown attorney's office to prepare the cases against 28-year-old Michael Rafferty and 19-year-old Terri-Lynne McClintic. With several prosecutors working full time on the two trials, including Oxford Crown attorney Brian Crockett, assistant Crown attorney Michael Carnegie and London-based Crown attorney Geoff Beasley, Freeman suggested there was an "unprecedented working relationship" between the Crown's office and the task force.
Tori disappeared on April 8 shortly after leaving Oliver Stephens Public School at 3:30 p.m., sparking a massive police operation that involved more than 100 OPP and OCPS officers. While the initial investigation culminated in the May 19 arrests of McClintic and 28-year-old Michael Rafferty for Tori's kidnap and murder, police continued to comb the countryside around Guelph for the little girl's remains.
Investigators are continuing their search for the rear grey cloth-covered seat from the 2003 Honda Civic that police believe was used in the abduction of the little girl.
McClintic's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 12 while Rafferty is set to appear on Aug .21.
Private funeral planned for Tori
Weekend event launches father's fundraising bicycle trip to Edmonton, which is scheduled to start Wednesday
Fri, July 31, 2009
The grieving family of Victoria 'Tori' Stafford is planning a private funeral after the remains of the eight-year-old girl were returned this week.
"They were brought back to Woodstock," her father, Rodney Stafford, said yesterday. "Funeral services are in the works."
The family is planning a private service. Even that will not provide closure to him, Stafford said.
"I believe my final chapter won't happen until all the court proceedings are done," he said.
"There are going to be things I am not going to want to hear," he agreed. "But there is going to be lots of good things come out of this."
Included in the good is a fundraising event this weekend for Child Find Ontario, which kicks off his Kilometres for Kids ride to Edmonton, Stafford said.
Tomorrow's event will have "a whole lot of things for kids," Stafford said.
Besides games, dances, a dunk tank and prizes, children can be fingerprinted for their safety by Child Find, an organization that helps protect children and look for missing kids.
"One-hundred per cent of the money raised will go into an account for Child Find."
The same goes for money raised during his bicycle ride, Stafford said.
Stafford plans to leave Wednesday to make a 3,453-kilometre fundraising ride to Edmonton. He was still mapping out the final route yesterday, but plans to make stops along the way to help raise money.
He hopes to arrive in Edmonton in September, then head to Jasper to release a purple balloon in memory of his daughter from a mountain she hiked with her aunt.
A massive police and citizen search failed to find her, but two Woodstock residents -- Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, and Michael Thomas Rafferty, 28 -- were charged in May with murder.
The family held a community memorial in June that drew more than 1,000 mourners.
The remains of the little girl were found July 19 near Mount Forest. She would have turned nine July 15.
OxyContin sucks the life out of some of its users
Posted 13 days ago
Stratford has had issues with drugs before, most notably meth, but this problem is different as the culprit is not an illegal drug but one that can be obtained legally by prescription.
That said, most of the OxyContin on the streets of Stratford has been obtained and sold illegally.
OxyContin is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine and is prescribed to treat severe pain, usually after surgery. Many OxyContin users were first introduced to the powerful drug after a car accident and found themselves addicted.
It's a highly addictive drug and it is a problem.
OxyContin users are regulars in criminal courts and, as one local expert said, there is a local industry which revolves around the use of OxyContin. That industry involves police, lawyers, drug counsellors and others who deal with the failures of society.
Beginning today The Beacon Herald takes a critical look at OxyContin in our community. The series by crime reporter Paul Cluff examines the challenges we face as a society and the demons with which OxyContin users wrestle.
And while we are largely concerned about the terrible impact OxyContin may be having on our friends, family and co-workers, we also need to know that the drug has taken on global infamy.
We heard about the demons little Tori Stafford's mother Tara MacDonald was battling. The mother of the Woodstock girl who was killed admitted she was an OxyContin user.
And the drug is not just in the news locally. The painkiller was found at Michael Jackson's house. American.
Big kickoff for ride by Tori's dad
Last Updated: 2nd August 2009, 12:49am
Along with friends and family, Rodney Stafford organized the kickoff to his Kilometres for Kids fundraiser yesterday in Woodstock with a 12-hour event in memory of his daughter Tori.
"I made a promise to Victoria that I would do something big in her name," he said.
On Wednesday, Stafford will leave Woodstock on a bike -- travelling over 3,000 km to Edmonton and making stops for fundraising events along the way.
All of the proceeds from Stafford's journey will support Child Find Ontario.
About 105 local businesses donated prizes for a silent auction and raffle. Family members were blown away by the community support.
"I feel absolutely amazing and very grateful," said Tori's grandmother Doreen Graichen. "Even in the wake of such a terrible tragedy, there are still good people out there."
Bev Doe collected about 500 purses from friends, family and colleagues to sell at the Woodstock event. Like all little girls, Tori's love of purses prompted Doe to action.
"When Tori was abducted, she was carrying a Bratz bag," said Doe, Tori's great aunt.
"I thought it would be a nice way to honour Tori and help out Child Find."
Saying 'bye to Tori
Slain girl's dad hopes to find closure with fundraising ride to Edmonton
Last Updated: 5th August 2009, 1:40am
A journey of healing, reflection and purpose begins today for the Alberta-bound father of a slain Ontario child.
"It's kind of my way of saying goodbye to Victoria," said Rodney Stafford, whose little girl was found dead in a southwestern Ontario farm field July 19.
Tori, 8, was discovered months after she went missing April 8 after attending school in Woodstock, Ont.
Now, her grieving father is embarking on a 3,500-km bicycle trek from his Woodstock home, hoping to raise awareness and money for Child Find Ontario.
When he arrives in Jasper in about a month, he'll climb part of a mountain, the same one Tori visited with her aunt last year.
"It's the highest point she ever was," Stafford said. "I'm going to go up there to release a purple balloon, knowing it's the closest I'll ever get to her."
Purple was Tori's favourite colour.
Stafford said he hopes his journey through Western Canada will help him heal emotionally after losing his only daughter to violence.
"In certain ways, I do believe it will -- to know something so tragic that happened to Victoria will help other children (by raising awareness)," he said.
A Woodstock, Ont., man and woman await trial on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges in Tori's death.
Stafford begins his journey
Updated 8 days ago
Stafford, wearing his “Kilometres for Kids” sponsors’ T-shirt and a blue bike helmet, left the Calvary Church parking lot with a police escort — a cruiser and the Oxford Community Police Service’s two core bear officers, who joined the procession on their own bicycles. The group of supporters cheered as Stafford rode the first few metres of his 31-day trek,
Both a fundraiser for Child Find Ontario and a tribute to his daughter Victoria “Tori” Stafford, who was kidnapped and murdered earlier this year, the “Kilometres for Kids” journey will culminate with a personal commemoration of the grieved for eight-year-old. Stafford plans to visit a mountain near Jasper, Alta., and release a single purple balloon as his way of “saying goodbye” to his daughter.
“It’s the closest I can get to Victoria,” Stafford said.
Tori's dad begins bicycle trek to cheers
Posted 7 days ago
Saying quiet goodbyes to his mother and girlfriend, Stafford stepped onto his 27-speed "asphalt" bike -a powder blue Kona Sutra -and began pedalling from the church parking lot, accompanied for the first few minutes of his ride to Edmonton by a police escort.
During this sponsored journey, Stafford plans to make another eight stops along his route for additional fundraising events. A month from now, when he finally pulls into Edmonton, Stafford will take part in one final fundraiser with his sister, Rebecca, auctioning off the Hear-Med Inc.-donated bike that carried him to his destination.
"When I look at a picture of Victoria, I know I'm doing the right thing," Stafford said. "I lost (my child) but I can protect my son and other people's children."
After this final fundraising event, Stafford has one more very personal journey before returning to Woodstock.
He plans to travel to the peak of a mountain near Jasper -a mountain that Tori visited during her 2008 trip to Alberta -to release a single purple balloon as a "final goodbye" to his beautiful daughter.
"It's the closest I can get to Victoria," he said. The minutes before he left from the church parking lot were emotional ones for Stafford and his friends. One supporter gave Stafford a pink stuffed animal as a tribute to Tori, apologizing for not being able to find a purple toy while pledging "110 per cent" support. Rolling up his shirtsleeve, Stafford showed his friends his new tattoo, a purple ribbon that celebrated his "baby girl."
Making the trek for Tori
KILOMETRES FOR KIDS: Rodney Stafford on bike ride to Alberta to raise money for Child Find Ontario
Updated 6 days ago
Rodney Stafford knows he can't bring his daughter, Victoria, back to life.
But with every kilometre he pedals on his Kilometres for Kids cross-country ride, the Woodstock man is keeping his little girl's memory alive, while helping to keep other youngsters safe.
"For me, to know that what I'm doing will help protect other children like Tori, that's enough for me," said Stafford, leaning on his bike in the parking lot of the downtown Barrie McDonalds, yesterday. "This was an idea my 11-year-old son and I had, to take a ride in (Tori's) memory and take as long as it took."
Stafford's trek began Wednesday morning in Woodstock, and he rode into Barrie yesterday shortly before 4 p. m. for a pit stop. He figures the trip will take him 31 days to complete.
"I think of her all the time. The last two days, every side street I turn down I've seen purple flowers, people wearing purple T-shirts. (That was) her favourite colour," Stafford said, releasing a heavy sigh. "This hasn't been easy for us, and it's not something you ever wish to happen to your child.
Barrie families who have been tracking Stafford's progress online at www.eye-zon.com came out yesterday to show their support.
"A little guy from London had his birthday party recently, and instead of presents, he asked for donations to Kilometres for Kids," Stafford said. "He came to see me with an envelope filled with $800 worth of cheques. We bought him a big present for that."
Stafford will be spending his 34th birthday on the road, riding for Tori. And when he arrives in Alberta, Stafford will carry out his own little memorial ceremony for Tori.
"We'll drive from Edmonton to Jasper and on top of this one mountain, I'll let a purple balloon go," Stafford said. "Tori was there last summer, when my mom took her up there."
Rodney Stafford nearing northern Ontario on fundraising trip to Alberta
‎Aug 8, 2009‎
The father of slain Woodstock, Ont., girl Tori Stafford is nearing the northern region of the province on his bike trip to raise funds for Child Find Ontario. Rodney Stafford embarked on the Kilometres for Kids trip Wednesday morning in Woodstock and has now reached the Algonquin Park area of Ontario.
Stafford says he hopes to pedal about 120 kilometres per day.
Accused In Stafford Murder Appears In Court
Wednesday August 12, 2009
One of the two people accused in the kidnapping and brutal death of Tori Stafford appeared in court on Wednesday.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, 19, faced a judge via a video link.
The Crown and the defence had both asked for more time to look at evidence. The judge agreed and set a new court date for October 1.
Meanwhile, Tori's father Rodney Stafford is cycling to Alberta to raise money and awareness for Child Find Ontario. So far he's raised about $15,000 in donations for the charity.
Victoria Stafford’s father making cross-country bike trip for Child Find
August 12, 2009
Now, Victoria’s father Rodney is making his way across most of Canada to raise funds and awareness for Child Find Canada, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to the search for, and prevention of, missing children.
Stafford then connected with Child Find and Eye-zOn, a GPS tracking company that allows anyone to follow his progress online, which will follow him as he makes his way from Woodstock to Edmonton, Alberta.
Never an avid cyclist, Stafford said the trip has been “a little rough here and there,” but the support he’s received in the communities along the way has gone a long way to encourage him.
“Every fifth car honks or waves and you have vehicles pulling over and taking pictures and clapping and cheering me on. It makes you feel really good,” he said.
Although he had initially planned on cycling about 120 km per day and stopping in only a few communities along the way, Stafford said he now plans to increase the number of stops.
“Originally I had planned on . . . more or less rushing myself, but the longer I’ve been on the road I’ve realized I’ve got to be hitting the little towns, I’ve got to be spending some time there,” he said.
Stafford made stops in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge before coming to Huntsville and said he hopes to stop in some communities along the way to North Bay before heading on to Sudbury.
He said he has no set plans or schedules, but hopes to make it to Edmonton by September.
“I do want to get to Edmonton before I have to use a snowmobile to finish this thing,” he said.
Armed with an empty water jug to collect donations, Stafford said he’s not keeping track for what’s donated, “just fill the bucket and make a big deposit at the end.”
At the Civic Square on Monday, many residents and town staff came up to drop a donation in the bucket, shaking Stafford’s hand and passing on their condolences.
As Stafford wrote in his blog entry on Sunday, “Tori, if (you’re) listening, I’ll continue to ride (on) the front of the seat so you can sit with me.”
Accused in Tori Stafford case appears in court
August 12, 2009
Terri-Lynne McClintic, 19, who faces one charge each of first-degree murder and kidnapping, appeared via video link.
The case was been adjourned to give time to the lawyers to review the evidence, according to her London, Ont.-based lawyer Jeanine LeRoy.
Michael Rafferty, 28, also of Woodstock, faces the same set of charges.
Tori Stafford was last seen alive on April 8 on surveillance video footage that showed her walking away from her school with an unknown woman.
Ontario Provincial Police discovered her remains in a secluded farmers field Northwest of Guelph, Ont., on July 19.
McClintic's next court appearance has been scheduled for Oct. 1, also via video link.
Victoria Stafford's dad is a man on a mission
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Today Rodney Stafford stopped by Northgate Shopping Centre as part of his ‘Kilometres for Kids’ bicycle journey from Woodstock to Edmonton to raise money and awareness for Child Find Ontario in order to help prevent other families from having to go through the ordeal he has endured.
Stafford, who is grateful to the Holiday Inn Express chain including General Manager John Crescenzi for their support during the ride, says the ride is not only in benefit of Child find as it also allows him a chance for one more good-bye to his daughter before going headlong into what promises to be an emotional and truly disturbing trial.
Michael Thomas C.S. Rafferty, 28, and Terri-Lynne McClintic, 18, were arrested for the murder of Victoria Stafford and are awaiting trial.
Follow Stafford’s journey at www.eye-zon.com.
Rodney Stafford (l)stops by Northgate Shopping Centre to raise money and awareness for Child Find Ontario Wednesday.
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McClintic appears in court
August 13, 2009
While lawyer Jeanine LeRoy has raised the prospect of a plea bargain in the past -- pointing to her client's co-operation with investigators during the initial police search for Tori's remains -- she was much more circumspect after Terri-Lynne McClintic's morning court appearance.
"I expect I will be speaking to the Crown after I review the disclosure and discuss it with my client, but that's a long way away" LeRoy said outside the Oxford County Court House. "I have no comment anymore about any speculation that there is or will be a resolution to this matter."
During McClintic's brief video appearance from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, the court heard that LeRoy had just received a "significant amount of disclosure" from the Crown Attorney's office. As a pale McClintic stood silently, her dark hair pulled back from her face, LeRoy asked the court for an adjournment "to allow my client and myself an opportunity to review that disclosure."
When asked later about the quantity of the disclosed evidence, LeRoy said the Crown had provided her with the equivalent of a computer hard drive.
"It's going to take a substantial amount of time to review," she said. "Much of (the disclosure), as you know, comes from my client.
Before the morning court appearance, LeRoy actually had a 15-minute meeting with London-based Crown Attorney Geoff Beasley, who is handling McClintic's prosecution.
During this brief encounter, Beasley said he and LeRoy had been "discussing some disclosure." LeRoy also had a short telephone conversation with her client before requesting the six-week adjournment.
McClintic is next scheduled to appear on Thursday, Oct. 1, while Rafferty is slated to return to court on Friday, Aug. 21.
Dad cycling in memory of his slain daughter
Fri. Aug 14 - 4:46 AM
As he cycles to Edmonton, Rodney Stafford says he sees things every day that remind him of his daughter Victoria, known to most as Tori.
On the second day of his journey from Woodstock, Stafford says it was Tori’s favourite colour purple — shirts, a patch of heart shaped flowers, and even a purple port-a-potty — that brought Tori to mind.
But on Thursday, as Stafford logged a leg from North Bay, Ont., to Sudbury, it was the "Remember Adam" billboards, reminding motorists to follow the law when comes to school buses.
"Things like that can be prevented. We’ve got to do anything we can to worry about the safety of our children," he said.
Stafford plans to collect donations in Sudbury on Friday.
In North Bay, he raised more than $800, while people in Gravenhurst, Ont., contributed around $1,500. While stopped in Sudbury on Thursday, a man drove up and gave Stafford a cheque for $50.
People have been encouraging him on, through their words, donations and stories.
"I was speaking to one gentleman the other day, I guess his son went missing 10 years ago and there still was no sign of him," Stafford said. "But with proper financing . . . technology could be found to bring other kids home or to prevent what happened to Victoria from happening."
Rodney Stafford continues journey
August 14, 2009
Rodney Stafford was halfway between Sudbury and North Bay Thursday morning as he continued his lengthy "Kilometres for Kids" fundraising journey to Edmonton, Alta.
Pedalling his 27-speed road bike along Highway 17 -- Ontario's longest provincial highway and part of the Trans-Canada system -- Stafford would finish roughly one-seventh of his 3,453-kilometre quest when he reached Sudbury in the early evening.
Stafford had a "great day" on Wednesday, raising more than $830 in donations for Child Find Ontario during a stop at North Bay's Northgate Central Mall. The Woodstock man invited supporters from the towns along his route -- towns like Sturgeon Falls and Vermer -- to come out and make donations.
Conceived as a tribute to his late daughter Victoria, who was kidnapped in April, the Kilometres for Kids -- and the associated fundraisers -- have already raised close to $10,000 for Child Find Ontario. During his sponsored journey, Stafford plans to make other stops along his route for additional fundraising events. When he finally pulls into Edmonton, Stafford will take part in one final fundraiser with his sister Rebecca, auctioning off the Hear-Med Inc.-donated bike that carried him to his destination.
"Let's keep pushing together," Stafford wrote in his Thursday blog entry, "for Tori and all kids."
Rodney Stafford is at Wal-Mart to raise funds and awareness
August 14, 2009
The father of Victoria "Tori" Stafford will be at Wal-Mart in Sudbury today along with a representative of Child Find Ontario from 11:30 a.m. to around 2-3 p.m.
Rodney Stafford is in the process of cycling from his home in Woodstock to Edmonton.
He is making the 3,453- kilometre bike ride across the country in honour of his slain daughter, but also to raise awareness and funds for Child Find Ontario, a group that works to find and protect missing kids.
Child Find will offering fingerprinting children as well as Wal-Mart.
Tori Stafford was abducted April 8 after leaving her school in Woodstock. A 19-year-old woman and 28-year-old man, residents of the town, remain in custody facing kidnapping and first degree murder charges.
Her remains were found on July 19 in Mt. Forest, Ont. The cause of death is not yet known.