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104200208
Disappeared While Hitchhiking
PID: 0420-112000-0208
Location: St.John's, Newfoundland, Canada
File: Murder of Dana Nicole Bradley
Status: UNSOLVED
Contributor: Roland P.

Dana Nicole Bradley

File Number: 104200208

St. John's, Newfoundland - Nearly 40 years ago, December 14, 1981, Bradley disappeared while hitchhiking on Topsail Road in St. John's. She had been at a friend's home after school and was on her way home to a family birthday party. When she did not arrive, the family reported her missing to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

Dale Smith, who had been looking for a Christmas tree in the woods found Bradley's body in a wooded area on the Maddox Cove Road south of St. John's four days after she disappeared. Her skull had been fractured by a blunt object and she had been sexually assaulted.

An eyewitness reported seeing Bradley getting into a car with a male driver.

Robert (a pseudonym being used to protect the man's identity) said he saw the man stopping to pick up Dana, who was hitchhiking east on Topsail Road. He took his story to the RCMP in December 2011, since the site of the murder was in their jurisdiction at the time. An investigation ensued around the anniversary of the murder, a time when the RCMP commonly receives new tips.

Robert says the RCMP first met with him on Dec. 14, 2011 - the 30th anniversary of Dana's murder.

According to an RCMP document, the investigation into Robert's tip continued for 16 months.

The RCMP subsequently informed Robert that none of the avenues related to his tip provided any new evidence to support criminal charges.

The subsequent investigation has been described as (then) "the most expensive and exhaustive murder investigation in Canadian history". Hundreds of people were interviewed; thousands of tips were received and investigated.

 Dana Bradley

Police and members of the media arrive at a wooded area near Maddox Cove, after the body of 14-year-old Dana Bradley was discovered in December 1981. (CBC)

In 1986, Mount Pearl resident David Somerton confessed to the crime. He later recanted and the charges were stayed.

Somerton was later convicted of public mischief in relation to the false confession and sentenced to two years imprisonment.

In May 2016, the RCMP announced that they had uncovered new DNA evidence in the Bradley case. Retesting of a sample recovered in 1981 connected the murder to an unknown male subject.

"This new DNA evidence is a breakthrough for the investigation," said Insp. Pat Cahill, the officer in charge of the RCMP's Major Crime Unit.

"Our investigators are using the DNA to eliminate suspects and continue to clear tips received from the public."

The new DNA evidence was used to rule out existing suspects, including the man alleged to be the murderer in connection with the private excavation of the two vehicles that month.

As of 2021, the case remains open and unsolved.

Anyone with information on Bradley's death is urged to come forward to police.

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104200057
ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED BY THEIR FATHER
PID: 0420-112000-0057
Location: Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
File: Three Brothers, Father Mysteriously Vanished
Status: UNSOLVED
Contributor: Roland P.

Mitchell O'brien

File Number: 104200057

Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Adam, Trevor, and Mitchell O'Brien are brothers missing, who were allegedly abducted by their father.

On November 9, 1996, three brothers (aged 14, 11, and 4) went to visit their father and non-custodial parent, Gary O'Brien, at his home. At 8:30pm that night, Gary called Diana Boland, his ex-wife and the boys' mother and custodial parent, and told her that he was not going to return the boys to her and had rigged his house so that it would explode if anyone entered it.

When Diana asked to speak to the boys, Gary told her "later" and hung up. Diana's sister, who was with Diana at the time, immediately called the police.

When police first arrived at Gary's house, they discovered that Gary had set up a makeshift bomb using two 400-pound (180 kg) propane tanks that would have exploded and destroyed both his home and the surrounding houses if anyone had tried to get inside. Diana believes that this was done in order to create a diversion.

In October 1997, almost a year after the disappearance, an engine assembly for a 1989 Ford Tempo, which may have been from Gary's vehicle, was discovered in the ocean near Flatrock, 10 kilometres from where the boys disappeared. No bodies were recovered from that location. Diana suspects that Gary dumped the engine of his car over the cliffs and into the ocean in order to deliberately mislead police.

The following year, police in Thunder Bay, Ontario received an anonymous tip from a woman who stated that she'd recognized pictures of the brothers. The woman said that she'd babysat for them, and knew the nicknames of one of the boys. Police attempted to locate the woman until 1999, but were unsuccessful.

Although Gary's sister suspects that her brother and her nephews are dead, Diana firmly believes that her sons are still alive, stating that Gary may have taken them to a religious commune and raised them in an environment with no access to technology or the outside world.

In order to aid the search for the O'Brien brothers, the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children has created multiple age-progressed photos of the boys over the past two decades, with the most recent ones having been released in early 2017.

Gary O'Brien is wanted by Interpol for their abduction.

This case remains open.

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104200196
Missing since July 2, 1975 from Moncton
PID: 0420-112000-0196
Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
File: The disappearance of Michelle Wedge
Status: UNSOLVED
Contributor: Sandra M.

Michelle Lise Wedge

File Number: 104200196

Moncton, New Brunswick - Michelle Lise Wedge had been left in the care of her older siblings and was riding her bike in the neighborhood as dusk was approaching.

Her older brother who was watching her, had friends over and no-one noticed that Wedge had disappeared until her sister got home around 21.00 and realized that Wedge wasn't in the yard playing.

Initial interviews with friends and neighbors determined that Wedge had last been seen at around 21:10, about 40 minutes after her brother recalled having heard her exiting the house to play outside.

Someone had seen her riding her Mustang-style bicycle north on Dominion Street, near the intersection with John Street, just a few houses away from her home. Another individual reported seeing the same thing at about the same time. Still another seemed to recall seeing a young girl getting into a car at that corner that night.

Michelle Wedge's bike

Michelle's bicycle was found by her brother on the boulevard at the southwest corner of Dominion Street and John Street. (RCMP)

This case began as an abduction case, because of the testimony of two girls, who said that they had seen Michelle get into a car with a man, who had earlier tried to coax them into his vehicle. The girls gave a detailed description of this suspect, helped produce a composite sketch, and a Canada wide warrant was issued for the suspect. The suspect was described as follows:

Male, mid to late twenties, thick black hair and eyebrows, dark complexion, 2 inch scar on right side of face, thin mustache with full beard, dark, thick rimmed glasses. Speaks with a strange voice. Suspect drives a small, dark green car, with a black interior. (source: Telegraph-Journal)

In the July 11 newspaper article, Moncton police were expressing doubts about the statements of these two witnesses. They had indeed found a suspect matching the witnesses' description, and had questioned him, but then released him. The article suggested that the RCMP did not completely dismiss the statements of the two girls, but given that the RCMP website simply lists Michelle as a missing person suggests that they did not regain any confidence in their claims, over the course of their investigation.

Also, the suspect described by the girls is of such conspicuous characteristics, it is hard to imagine anyone matching that description evading detection for long, with a Canada wide warrant out for his arrest. Nevertheless, the other witnesses did corroborate the bit about the suspected vehicle being small and dark green in color.

Although it's been over 45 years since since she disappeared, the RCMP believe it's a case that can still be solved. If someone somewhere thinks of something, please contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers.

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104200115
VEHICLE WAS FOUND ABANDONED
PID: 0420-112000-0115
Location: Chipman, New Brunswick, Canada
File: Disappearance of James Austen MacKey
Status: UNSOLVED
Contributor: Justin E.

James Austen MacKey

File Number: 104200115

Chipman, New Brunswick: The West District RCMP are continuing to ask for the public's assistance in relation to a missing 58-year-old man from Chipman, N.B.

James Austen MacKey was reported missing to the RCMP after his vehicle was found abandoned on the Harley Road in Redbank, N.B., northeast of Chipman, on November 29, 2012. At the time, an extensive search of the area was conducted with the assistance of the RCMP helicopter, RCMP Police Dog Services and York-Sunbury Ground Search and Rescue, but nothing was found to indicate the whereabouts of Mr. MacKey.

In 2018, the photo (shown) police have released of James Austen MacKey was taken in 2012. He is described as approximately 5'8" tall, weighing 180 lbs with brown hair and green eyes.

"We have not given up trying to locate Mr. MacKey," says Cst. Phil Brannon of the Chipman RCMP. "Now that spring is here (2018), there will be more people out and about and perhaps in the woods. If anyone is in the Redbank area near the Harley Road and comes across anything unusual that they think may help us, please call police."

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of James Austen MacKey or who may have seen or spoken to him prior to his disappearance is asked to call the West District RCMP at 506-357-4300. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting TIP212 + your message to "CRIMES" (274637).

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104200133
DISAPPEARED IN 2007
PID: 0420-112000-0133
Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
File: What Happened to Jack?
Status: UNSOLVED
Contributor: Patrick C.

Jack Nutter

File Number: 104200133

Moncton, New Brunswick: The RCMP New Brunswick Major Crime Unit is seeking the public's help with an ongoing missing person investigation.

In April 2009, the family of Jack Nutter of Dieppe reported him missing. He had limited contact with his family and the last time they had heard from him was in July 2007.

Police consider the disappearance of Jack Nutter suspicious as he was no longer attending routine appointments or attending a rental property he owned on Universite Avenue in Moncton. Police have been actively following leads over the years to locate Mr. Nutter. At this point of the investigation, it is hoped someone may have information to assist police in locating him.

Jack Nutter was 65 years old in 2007. He had a thin build, weighed approximately 145 pounds (66 kg) and was approximately 5'7" (173 cm) tall. He has brown eyes and gray hair. He would now (2020) be 78 years old.

Police are asking anyone that may have known Jack Nutter, either personally or through business, and may have information on his whereabouts to contact them at 506-851-7281. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.

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104200174
Found Dead in a Salisbury, N.B., Apartment
PID: 0420-112000-0174
Location: Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada
File: Sabrina Polchies's Case Still Raises Questions
Status: UNSOLVED
Contributor: Sandra M.

Sabrina Polchies

File Number: 104200174

Sabrina Polchies, 22, was last seen alive on July 1, 2010, and found dead in a Salisbury, N.B., apartment five days later. RCMP officials ruled no foul play was involved. But her mother, Mary Polchies, says she thinks Sabrina ran into the wrong crowd.

Mary Polchies said she received a phone call from her daughter the day she died, and could hear men yelling abusive comments at her.

"She called me and she said, 'Mom, your worst nightmare came true.'" Mary said Sabrina told her she had befriended some people, but they had become mad at her. She said Sabrina didn't know where she was.

"In the background you can hear men talking, 'What the fuck you fucking squaw.' The phone went dead and I never heard from her again. I called the cops. My poor baby laid there for three days."

Sabrina's body was found on July 5 in a Salisbury, N.B., apartment. New Brunswick RCMP said there was no foul play in her death, and the case was concluded.Her friends and family were left with plenty of questions about her death.

Sabrina told her friends on Facebook that she was leaving for Moncton to "start a new life." "Its a big world out there and I want to c what it has to offer," she wrote to her friends.

In a Facebook group titled "Restinpeace Sabrina Polchies<3," a member wrote, "Who was the last to see her alive? What happened? When are the questions going to be answered?"

Mary said she can't remember whether RCMP officials explained their findings to her, but she knows she never received a coroner's report.

"It's like a blur," she said. "I don't know what happened to her. I really want to know. My poor baby never got justice."

Source: CBC

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104200218
Body was discovered in the freezer
PID: 0420-112000-0218
Location: SaintJohn, New Brunswick, Canada
File: New Information Closes Decades-Old Muriel Mann Cold Case
Status: CLOSED
Contributor: Sandra M.

This Case is Closed

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