On June 17th, 2009 a hiker walking along the Trans Canada Highway found the body of a woman in a one person tent, near Kenora, Ontario, Canada. A week prior at least a day or two before she was found the woman nicknamed “Millie” pitched a tent in the woods along the Winnipeg River. Her cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning which came from a Hibachi stove which she used to cook in her tent.
The woman was white, between the ages of 33-55, and stood about 5’4 and weighed about 120lbs. Found inside the tent was a copy of the novel “A Long Way Down” by Nick Hornby, with a bookmark from McNally-Robinson Bookstores (locations in Winnipeg and Saskatoon), a bottle of 13 Pfizer pills and medication for back and muscle pain. She wore oval wire-framed glasses. A beaded necklace and hoop earring were also found inside the tent, along with a black duffel bag. She had $75 cash and $2.84 in change (Canadian currency).After investigation on her body it was discovered that “Millie” had undergone reconstruction surgery on her jaw.
On October 17th, 2008 24 year old Amber Lynn McFarland of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba went to a Smitty’s lounge with her boyfriend and a friend. They hung out for awhile and then moved on over to a bar in the Canad Inn. While there they decided to leave Amber’s vehicle at the Canad Inn and went to the Cat and Fiddle bar, where they continued to hang out for the night. On video it shows Amber, her boyfriend, and another friend go to the liquor vendors attached to the bar, so they could buy beer. All three of them left the store and went into the parking lot. Amber has not been seen since and her cell phone activity after that night suddenly halted.Her empty car remained in the parking lot.
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The Crown attorney has withdrawn charges of assault for a Portage la Prairie man. Kelly Colin Garrioch, 39, was facing a charge of assault allegedly involving Amber McFarland on May 22, 2008. In Portage provincial court Monday, Crown attorney Larry Hodgson said because the complainant is missing, the Crown cannot proceed with the charges. “If more evidence comes to light, we can reinstate charges,” said Hodgson after the proceedings. Another charge of driving while disqualified on May 21 was also withdrawn. Both charges relied on evidence from McFarland, and her whereabouts remain unknown, explained Hodgson. McFarland, 24, has been missing since Oct. 18. Garrioch is also facing a charge of breaching a court order to have no contact with McFarland on Oct. 17. As well, he is charged with disobeying a court order on Oct. 14, involving another complainant. His case is due back in court on Feb. 9 on these remaining matters.MORE
With the draining of two ponds in an area at the south end of Portage la Prairie this week, Manitoba Search and Rescue is stepping up their game. Organizers are calling on volunteers to help with the search again this weekend (Fri-Sun). Volunteers are asked to go to the Alliance Church (2375 Saskatchewan Ave. West) at 10:00 a.m. About 1,500 people are expected to come out. The 24-year-old was last seen two weeks ago at a nightclub in Portage la Prairie in the early hours of Sat, October 18. So far, an extensive search has been taking place throughout the area with no leads to go on. The family of McFarland is still offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to their daughter’s whereabouts. You can keep track of the progress the search rescue has made and get updates on other events relating to search efforts by joining the Amber McFarland Facebook group. Anyone with information on Amber McFarland’s whereabouts are asked to call Portage RCMP at (204) 857-4445.
Search for Manitoba woman turns up 4 other missing people Monday, October 27, 2008 Hundred of searchers looking for clues in the disappearance of Manitoba resident Amber McFarland discovered four other people who were lost on the weekend but found no sign of the missing woman. McFarland, 24, has not been seen since Oct. 18 when she was spotted leaving a nightclub in Portage la Prairie, Man. The search, which included about 700 volunteers in addition to official search and rescue resources, worked through the weekend, but found nothing of relevance to McFarland. Hundred of searchers looking for clues in the disappearance of Manitoba resident Amber McFarland, above, discovered four other people who were lost on the weekend but found no sign of the missing woman.
Although the search for McFarland has not produced results, Leonard said four unrelated missing people were located on the weekend during the search. “We found two people whose quad (all-terrain vehicle) had broken down and they were stuck and our guys had to take them out to safety,” said Leonard, who added two other intoxicated people were found in the wilderness and brought home. “They were there for a day and they thought we were actually looking for them.” The search, which is focused on the area southwest of the city, was scheduled to continue Tuesday, allowing organizers time to regroup.
Mother pleads for information on ‘vibrant, beautiful’ missing daughter Family believes woman is being held against her will
The mother of a missing Portage la Prairie woman made an emotional plea Thursday for help finding her 24-year-old daughter. Amber Lynn McFarland, 24, was last seen early on Oct. 18 at a bar in Portage la Prairie, Man. (RCMP handout)Amber McFarland was last seen early Saturday morning at a bar in the city of 12,700, located about 70 kilometres west of Winnipeg. Lori McFarland said her daughter is normally in frequent contact with friends and family, speaking daily with her mother and in constant communication with her twin sister, Ashley. “Amber has a loving, supportive family and a huge extended family, and we’re all very worried about her,” she said. “She’s an outgoing, vibrant, beautiful and full-of-life girl. She’s obviously a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, an auntie, a niece and a good friend to many.” McFarland received a call Saturday morning from her daughter’s place of work, saying she hadn’t shown up to let in other employees. “That’s when we started to worry,” she said. “She would never miss work without speaking to her manager.” McFarland thanked her daughter’s many friends, who have been searching for Amber and hanging posters around the city with her daughter’s picture on them. “We’re asking anyone with even the slightest bit of information to please contact the RCMP, even if that information seems to be insignificant. We’re grasping at straws trying to piece together what could have happened to Amber,” she said. “As we suspect Amber may be being held somewhere against her will, to those people involved, we’re pleading with you to do the right thing, to right this wrong and please let her come home safely to us,” she added, hervoice breaking with emotion. Portage RCMP have been to the home of McFarland’s ex-boyfriend, who was charged in May with assaulting the woman. Friends have said McFarland was talking to the man at the bar the night of her disappearance.
Missing person case is now a Homicide investigation CJOB News Team reporting 6/11/2009
RCMP investigators spent more than ten hours Wednesday at the home of one of the last men seen with 24-year-old Amber McFarland on October 18th last year. They were leaving a night club in Portage La Prairie.. McFarland has not been seen since that night. RCMP sergeant Line Karpish told CJOB they have received new information that prompted investigators to return to the house. Initially, It was a missing person case but now Karpish says it’s a homicide investigation. The RCMP forensic unit was focused on the backyard of the home, located on Yellowquil Trail.. The home has a new family living in it and they allowed police to conduct their investigation.
On April 26, 1989, seven-year-old David Borer vanished while walking along Parks Highway near Mile Marker 82, eleven miles north of his home in Willow, Alaska. Willow is only about 2,000 people. It is about 2 hours away from Anchorage. He was either going to a friend’s house or a sandbar near the frozen Kashwitna River. After he disappeared, police looked into the possibility that he may have fallen into the river. However, there was no hole in the ice to prove that. Also, divers searched the water and failed to find any trace of him. Police also looked into the possibility that David was abducted while walking along the highway. He had apparently hitchhiked periodically throughout the area prior to his disappearance, and some believe that he may have met with foul play. His case remains unsolved.
Police also raised the possibility that he was killed by a bear. Bears in Alaska can be quite dangerous and have been known to attack adults in rare cases. David’s family disagreed with this theory and felt that it distracted people from the search. It is also possible he may of wondered into the woods and died of exposure.
David was a first grader at Willow Elementary School at the time of his disappearance. He is described as a very independent child who once hitchhiked 30 miles to Wasilla, Alaska. His parents were separated at the time of his disappearance and he lived with his mother and siblings. David’s mother gave birth to another son less than a year after his disappearance, but the baby died in an accident at the age of four weeks.
David’s case remains unsolved. For lack of evidence, police are treating it as an abduction.
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On April 1, 1990, a young woman was struck by a Mazda MX-6 and a Lincoln Continental and killed in Huntington Beach, California. She carried no identification. In her possessions were a hotel key and a ring made of human hair. Several people stated they saw her the day before she died. She told them that her name was Andrea and that she had come from the East Coast (Virginia or New York) to California in search for her biological parents. She said that she was the biological daughter of a well-known couple, but never said who they were. She also claimed that she was twenty-five or twenty six, but she appeared as young as sixteen. The day before she died, a man who felt sorry decided to give her money to buy new clothes and shoes. She was killed wearing the same pink shoes she had bought hours before. Jane Doe is still nameless and any help to identifying her is welcome.The case was aired on the television series Unsolved Mysteries in 1995.
In May 2017, “Andrea” Doe was identified as Andrea Lee Kuiper, who was twenty-six when she died. She was identified after her fingerprints were uploaded to AFIS, the national fingerprint database. Andrea was originally from Fairfax, Virginia, and had gone to California in 1989. According to her family, she suffered from manic depressive disorder and had experimented with drugs. Her parents had last had heard from her a few months before her death, when she told them she was safe. They had never filed a missing persons report, believing that she would one day come home.Now, the family is grateful to have closure. “We are thankful to know what happened to our daughter after all these years,” her father, Richard Kuiper, said, according to the sheriff’s department.