Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

September 03, 2009 12:33 ET

Recent Coverage of Missing Persons Cases Renews Pain for Those Still Missing

Mother of BC missing child speaks out about renewed pain and purpose

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - A search effort near Prince George, BC for the remains of Nicole Hoar, a young woman who disappeared in June 2002 while hitchhiking in the area. Jaycee Lee Dugard reunited with her family after being abducted at the age of 11 in 1991 and held captive for 18 years. These cases and others have flooded the media headlines in recent weeks, shocking and horrifying the public. But for those families across Canada who continue to search for their missing children, the stories are particularly painful to bear. One searching mother spoke out today about her renewed sense of loss in reaction to these stories, and her renewed sense of purpose.

When she first heard the news of a police search for remains near Prince George, Judy Peterson immediately thought of her own daughter, Lindsey Nicholls. Lindsey disappeared from Comox, BC on August 2, 1993 at the young age of 14 years old. With the 16th anniversary of Lindsey's disappearance still fresh in Judy's mind, she continues to hold hope that her daughter is still out there. That hope drives Judy to take action in the search for her daughter and other missing children.

"Every day is hard, but birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions always seem to be the most difficult," said Judy, "I take comfort in working on things that make me feel like I'm doing something to help."

Judy has been the driving force behind "Lindsey's Law" - an attempt to revise the National DNA Data Bank to include cross referencing between DNA of missing persons and found human remains. The Public Safety Committee has recently submitted a recommendation that this move forward. Judy continues to lobby for "Lindsey's Law" hoping it will provide closure for searching families -her dedication has never wavered.

In recent months, Judy has also teamed up with several other local searching families to help organize the 2009 Candlelight Walk for Missing Children. The fundraising event, which is in support of the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC), is set to take place at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby this September 26th- just 2 weeks after Lindsey's 31st birthday.

"Many of the things I do, like working on the legislation, focus on searching for Lindsey. But working on the Candlelight Walk feels good because I'm also helping an organization that has been so wonderful to me," explained Judy. "The experience of meeting these other families and working together to help organize the Walk has been very rewarding. We all share a connection and hope that the public will come forward to support the Walk with much-needed funds."

Despite the pain that resurfaces with every new media story, those connected to the search for missing children remain committed that the coverage and awareness brings more help than hurt.

"Every time a photo of a missing child or person is shown, its another chance that someone who knows something will see it and come forward to help," said Marilyne Aalhus, Director of Development with MCSC, "We also hope the recent stories will inspire people to help in other ways, such as supporting the Candlelight Walk this September 26th."

To learn more about MCSC and the Candlelight Walk for Missing Children, visit www.mcsc.ca. To schedule an interview with Judy Peterson or with a MCSC representative, please call 1-800-661-6160.

Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Marilyne Aalhus, Director of Development
    (403) 291-0705 or Toll Free: 1-800-661-6160
    Cell: (403) 862-5357
    (403) 291-9728 (FAX)
    Email: maalhus@mcsc.ca
    Website: www.mcsc.ca