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The Public doesn’t always find out the indentity of found Human Remains or Bodies

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There have been several reports of bodies being found in BC recently. Last week a woman’s body was pulled from the Fraser River and a body was found in Powell lake.  There has been speculation that the body in Powell River is that of a business man who went missing in 1984 but I have been unable to find any information of a man from Powell River that is missing. During the course of searching however I did find a few more women of BC that have been missing, mostly Vancouver and sadly almost all are drug addicts that lived a risky life style. However all of these women have families, some even children who would like some answers. I found it very sad that these cases were so unknown and yet the families of these women are wondering and living with the unknown every day.

I have noticed over the past few years that when human remains are found  it is usually a small story in the media. If we are lucky the body will be identified within a short period of time and sometimes they will withhold the name as per the family wishes. But at least we know that these remains have been identified. I find it very frustrating when there is no more updates about the remains and the public, which includes many family and friends of missing loved ones are left in the dark, only to speculate who the body may be.

So we know that the authorities in Powell River think the body found is that of a missing business man from 1984 but that has not been confirmed that I can see in the media. Families with missing loved ones need to know that for sure the human remains and bodies have been identified.

I know I repeat myself a lot about the lack of a Missing Persons DNA Data Bank for Canada but if we had one I think the families of missing loved ones would feel a lot better knowing the DNA of their loved one can be eliminated right away. The DNA gathered for this Data Bank would be the nearest blood family members of the missing person. This is called familial DNA searching, which currently is not legal in Canada but is used in the United States and has solved many missing person cases over the years.  Canada  desperately needs to start using the great discovery of DNA to its full potential.

In the meantime family and friends with a missing loved one can only wait and see if they remains or body will be identified in the media. When you have someone you love go missing you become very aware of the bodies and remains that are found, especially if they are close to where your loved one went missing.  It would be nice to know  at least  the remains or body have been identified even if the name is not released.

Thinking of all the family and friends of missing loved who are waiting and wondering….

Missing Persons DNA Data Bank Petition on Line to show support  http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html

Lindsey’s Law Page – http://www.lindseyslaw.com/howhelp.php

It’s been Six Long Years since Mike went Missing

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Today marks the 6th anniversary of our son Michael James Bosma’s disappearance from Kelowna BC. How can something feel like a million years ago and yet so fresh?. Our lives have been forever changed since Mike  went missing. As a family we have endured the past six years of uncelebrated birthdays,the huge void at any family gathering and the anguish of waiting for a unidentified body to be ID not sure what to hope for. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that one of our children could just vanish off the face of the earth. The helpless feeling of not knowing where our son is has been the hardest thing to learn to live with. The worst part is that your loved one’s remains could be found somewhere and not be identified for a long time…if ever.  I know I have said this many times but there really is a need for a data base for missing people of Canada.

Because Michael suffered from Mental Illness (and trust me when I say Mental Illness is very much a suffering disease) the easy explanation is that he took his own life, which in itself is a whole new horror. But there has never been any evidence of that,no body has been found and Michael is not the only young, vibrant, healthy man to go missing. Since Michael has gone missing almost 40 other young men  have gone missing in BC alone. I am astonished and amazed at how many people go missing and how little we hear about them. If your lucky your loved one makes the headlines for a few days.

This year the RCMP officer that looked after Mike’s case retired and I met the new officer. He will be handling Mike’s case from now on and will contact us if there is any news. I was informed that last year someone using the name Michael Bosma with the same birth date was stopped at the Border of the USA and Manitoba. The authorities contacted the local RCMP and soon realized that this was not the Michael Bosma that is missing from Kelowna BC. However it was encouraging to know that this investigation is on going and that Mike’s name is still in the “system.” When I met the new officer in charge of Mike’s case we agreed that a Press Release would happen this year to see if anybody remembers anything from that January day six years ago. We just need to know where our son is. He needs to be with his family. Hopefully this press release will happen…..

Here is the list  of men that are missing age 35 years and younger  by Name and Date since Mike went missing January 2006. Some of these men do have mental health issues, and some are known to the police but is there some sort of connection?  How do people especially young  men disappear and no one has seen or heard anything?

2006

Michael Bosma, 25, January 2006, Kelowna

Munny Sidhu 17, March 2006 Abbotsford

Gaganpreet Suveen Sandhar, 17, June 2006, Surrey

Aaron Derbyshire, 22, September 2006, Kelowna

Brandyn Dirienzo, 20, October 2006, Chilliwack

2007

Desmond Peter, 15, March 2007, Cowichan Valley

Jeffrey Surtel, 17, April 2007 Mission

Lucan Degeneress, 14, June 2007, Prince George

Brian Braumberger, 18, June 2007, Burnaby

Asim Chaundry 24, July 2007, Burnaby

Kyle McDonald 24, August 2007, Victoria

2008

Derek Kelly, 31, January,  100 Mile House

Wade McKenzie, 23, January, White Rock

Kelly McElwee, 25, March, Langely

Michael Scullian, 30, April, Chilliwack

Shahil Sharma, 30, November, Surrey

Geoff Meisner, 33, November, Kelowna

2009

Tyler Walton, 25, Nov, Williams Lake

2010

David Haywod, 29, Feb, Vancouver

Shawn MacDonald-McLaughlin, 21, March, Coquitlam

Owen Rooney, 24, August, Grand Forks

Adam Myers, 25, October, Burnaby

Josh Bowe, 21, November, Mission

Justin Guenette, 26, November, Williams Lake 

2011

Stephen Begg, 35, Feb, Surrey

Darren Jansen, 17, April Kamloops

David Cox, 27, April, Cranbrook

Olivier Howard, 30, April, Nelson

Leonardo Cheong 35, July, Richmond

Randy Neilson, 27, Oct, Grandforks

Mandeep Bal, 24, Oct, Surrey

Lee Lamb, 27, Oct, Nanimo

Mitchell Galivan, 19, Oct, Vancouver

Tyler Fetterly, 26, Oct, Prince George

Brian Baruk, 20, Nov, Vanvouver

Demetrios Rokanas, 34, Nov, Parksville

Matthew Huyszar, 25, Dec. Vancouver

Seyek Nourbakshs-Saleh, 26, Dec, Vancouver

Petition for a DNA Data Bank for the Missing of Canada      http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html

A Tip – No Matter How Small – Is always Welcome when you have a Missing Loved One

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There is never a day that goes by that the family of a  missing loved one doesn’t  think about them and wonder what could have possibly happened. Your senses are constantly on alert for any information that could explain your loved one’s disappearance. The family tree has a broken branch, and you are desperate to repair it somehow. Only after your loved one has gone missing do you realize just how many people vanish and how many families are living with the Heartache, Helplessness, Horror, all mixed with a bit of Hope and a lot of Hell!

This past week was a very difficult one for the family of Lindsey Jill Nicols. Lindsey  has been missing for over  18 long years  and her family would desperately like some answers.The family  had some hope they would get some answers when a tip about Lindsey’s disappearance was received after a News Conference in September. RCMP and forensics identification specialist searched a property in the small community of Royston on Vancouver Island where Lindsey went missing eighteen long years ago. The  current owners of the property were co-operative with the investigation and search. Unfortunately there was no new evidence found.

Lindsey’s mother, Judy Peterson, said in a news release, “This has been a very difficult week, but it means so much to our family that so  much effort went into following up on this tip. We are so very grateful to the person who had the courage to come forward with  this information. I only hope that anyone who can add anything about Lindsey’s  disappearance would do the same.”

Judy Peterson has been very vocal about the fact that there is currently no data base for Missing People of Canada. There is a Data Base for Missing Criminals however. My husband and I gave our DNA several years after our son Mike went missing and it has been checked a few times when unidentified remains were found in the Okanagan area. But what about the remains that are found somewhere else in Canada? Currently there are over 7000 people missing in Canada. That is the size of a small town! There are over 600 unidentified human remains in Coroners offices across Canada. Judy has started a petition to get the DNA of all the missing people of Canada in a Data Base. If you have not signed this yet, please take the time to read this http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html  The hardest part for the family with a missing loved one is the Not Knowing……
Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Fresh+proves+fruitless+family+girl+missing+years/5838525/story.html#ixzz1g9WXOftG

British Columbia Human Remains Database has over 200 Unidentified Persons on file.

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Stephen Fonseca is the head of the BC Coroners identification and disaster response unit and tries very hard to identify the unknown remains that are found in BC.   Stephen has developed a computer program that profiles missing persons much the same way that detectives profile a serial killer.  When a person is reported missing the information, including the description, age of the missing person and where they went missing  is put into the computer program. When a  body is found the description is compared to the missing persons on file. (Currently there is no national data base for missing people of Canada, however there is a data base for criminals of Canada.)
November 2010 there was a body of a man found in Prince George.  The body of a male, that could be of African descent,  had been dead for several weeks when a hiker made the gruesome discovery.  The body had no identification but did have a map of Prince George so more than likely this unidentified man is not from the Prince George area. Stephen plugged the details of the body found into the computer program but there was no conclusive match.  This unknown body has now been added to the approximate 200 cases the coroner already has on file, a list that grows by three to five people every year. Some of the missing person files date back to 1960 and the relatives of the missing are still hoping for a answers to their loved one that disappeared many years ago.“It’s a heavy responsibility to carry when they expect you to find the connection between the unidentified remains and their loved ones,” says Steven Fonseca. “We get queries from the public every day.”
Last year there was a case of a missing Okanagan man from 1959  that was solved.“He drove off a floating bridge while he was rushing to pick up some medicine,” said Fonseca. “It was a very tragic story.”
Steven was able to match the remains that were found in 1987 in the Okanagan Lake to the missing man by using his computer program and DNA from the missing mans children.
DNA technology was not available when this man went missing in 1959 and this story proves how important it is to have a DNA data bank of all the missing persons.  More than likely the DNA samples will need to be from the missing persons family unless the DNA of the missing person is available.

Hopefully once we have a DNA data base for missing persons the 200 unidentified remains will shrink considerably.  Here is a link to a petition started by Judy Peterson, her daughter Lindsey went missing in 1993.
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html

BC’s DNA testing system is different than the United States!

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I was shocked to read this article this morning. Most people in BC, especially people who have family members missing, are aware of the feet that have been washing ashore along the south coast of BC the past few years. There was a foot found on Whidbey Island, which is about 40 km from Seattle. After the DNA testing was performed to determine that this foot does not belong to anyone in the United States Missing Person DNA Data Base, a copy of the DNA profile was sent to BC. But guess what?  The BC system tests for a different type of DNA – one that could not be found because of the condition of the foot! How can that be? There are so many missing people from BC that surely our DNA testing should be close to the DNA testing they are doing just over the border. Obviously our oceans are the same waters!
Currently there is no DNA data bank for Missing persons of Canada but obviously even if we had one it wouldn’t matter in this case!
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014632008_remains30.html

Police Data Base not just for Criminals

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Have you ever phoned in a  complaint about a noisy neighbor or had a minor traffic violation in the past?   If you have you could be in the BC Police Data Base.  I was surprised to find out that the RCMP data base is not just for criminals.  As of October 2010 there were 3,844,531 people over the age of 15 in BC. yet the RCMP data base has 4,452,165 “master name records” in the computer system database.  Apparently there are a lot of misspellings and double entries but even so it means about 80% of the population of BC are listed on the RCMP data base.  If someone is missing and not found that information is kept in the data base until the case is solved.  Thank goodness for that but there are also a lot of innocent people who are in the RCMP data base.
What we really need is a DNA data base of all the missing people.  Currently the only DNA data base the RCMP have is a DNA criminal data base.  

Read more: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/nc-faq-eng.htm

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/cent+adults+police+database+BCCLA+calls+discovery+disturbing/4486160/story.html

Missing Person DNA Data delayed until 2013.

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I hate to sound like a broken record but there are over 7000 missing people in Canada and over 600 unidentified remains in coroners offices all across our Country.  It is outrageous to think that there is no DNA data base of all the missing people.  So many families are looking for answers as to  why their loved ones disappeared off the face of the earth and where are they now? 
 There was a news release and it looks like we will be getting a Missing Persons DNA data base but not until 2013. However it sounds like they are planning on doing it the right way by including all missing persons, regardless of race, age, sex, or lifestyle.  Here is a copy of the petition for a National DNA data for missing Canadians
http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41301.html

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