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.
Why does this seem like it could be the answer to this case or at least the reason for it happening.
The Crown attorney has withdrawn charges of assault for a Portage la Prairie man.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 Another charge of driving while disqualified on May 21 was also withdrawn.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, her voice 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
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.
Police have made arrested a second man in connection with the Amber McFarland murder.
On Wednesday, RCMP arrested a 40-year-old man in Portage la Prairie, and on Thursday they arrested a 39-year-old Portage la Prairie man and brought him in for questioning.
Amber McFarland disappeared more than eight months ago.(2009)