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Foster, Jessie 03/28/06; Las Vegas (Canadian girl)
Topic Started: Oct 2 2006, 08:23 AM (13,601 Views)
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Full Name:
Jessica Edith Louise Foster

Gender: Female
Race: Caucasion

Age: 22 years
Date of Birth: May 27, 1984

Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel

Most Notable Markings:
Jewelery piercing
right eyebrow

Weight: 120-130 lbs
Height: 5’6” – 5’7”

Jessie has beautifully straight, white teeth.
They are very noticeable with her big, huge smile.
Jessie has no known tattoos or scars, but has a pierced right eyebrow and she sometimes wears a dainty nose ring. Jessie also has several piercings in her ears.
Jessie has beautiful long blond hair.
She wears it long and straight, long and curly.
Jessie will also wear her hair up.

Cheerful Disposition!Personality Characteristics:
Jessie's lifelong naturally optimistic enhtusiasm and cheerful disposition has made her a VERY popular young woman and favourite friend among her peers.She was a popular kid and teenager, also. She is a favorite sister among her siblings.


Academic Background:
Jessie went to pre-school at the United Church Preschool when she was 4 years old. She went to K-7 at Lloyd George Elementary School, Kamloops, B.C.Jessie was in French immersion until she finished Grade 6. Jessie will have some elementary fluency in speaking French as a second language. She attended Grade 8 -10 at John Peterson Secondary School , Kamloops, B,C. and completed grade 11 and 12, graduating with Honors from John Diefenbaker High School in Calgary Alberta.

Work Experience:
Jessie has had several jobs stemming from her teenage youth to young adulthood. During her high scool years Jessie has worked as a babysitter, a restaurant waitress and as a retail clerk at Blockbusters Movie Rentals.

Leisure and Relaxation Activities:
Jessie loves to naturally sunbathe under the sun, but she also goes to tanning salons. Jessie is also capable swimmer.

Socialization:
Jessie is very sociable and loves visiting with friends, watching movies together, going out dancing. All the activities normal for a young woman. Jessie loves music and enjoys being acquainted with musical artists and performers.

Adventure:
Jessie enjoys travel. Jessie's post high school graduation trip into the United States was her first foray into international travel. The past year Jessie has visited Florida and New York and lastly Nevada, where she disappeared.

Dietary Habits:
Jessie is a healthy conscientious vegetarian. On occasion, she will eat chicken or turkey. Jessie loves to eat natural organic food . She also loves Sushi, and she makes it homemade from time-to-time.

Time line
Jessie Foster disappeared after March 28, 2006

Peter Todd, Jessie's former boyfriend states the last time he saw Jessie Foster was on April 03, 2006. When she packed her belongings and left never to be seen again. Jessie's family have not heard from Jessie since March 28, 2006.

Jessie Foster lived with her former boyfriend Peter Todd for one year in this $500,000.00 North Las Vegas house shown on bottom of page.

Investigators have stated Peter Todd has no visible means of income.

Investigators state Jessie Foster's telephone records indicate she and Peter Todd exchanged calls every hour over a long period of time. Investigators believe this implies a working arrangement to facilitate prostitution.

Published: Friday, April 21, 2006
Ethan Baron, The Province

Jessie Foster was convicted in Las Vegas of soliciting for prostitution in June 2005. Last September, she was charged with four more counts of that offence, investigator Mike Kirkman said. Her Prince Charming was married to a convicted prostitute and he had been found guilty of spousal abuse. Associates of Foster told Kirkman that Peter had beaten her up and that they'd seen the bruises. "I think you can draw your own conclusions as to what he may be," Kirkman said. "In English, it's called a pimp." Peter is the only person police know of in the Las Vegas area to question in connection with Foster's disappearance, Bedwell said. Peter told The Province he has no involvement with the prostitution business and that he never physically abused Foster. "I don't give a s--t what the h**l they say about me," Peter said. "When I met Jessica Foster, she was a hooker.

Witnesses describe observing Todd's many heated arguments with Jessie Foster.

Investigators state recent Medical records reveal Jessie Foster was beaten so badly she had to be hospitalized.

Jessie's Parents become concerned when they do not hear from Jessie after March 28, 2006.

Jessie's parents file a Missing Person Report with North Las Vegas Police Department.

North Las Vegas Police investigate and find no evidence of foul play in Peter Todd's house. North Las Vegas Police classify Jessie Foster's disappearance as a Missing Person Case.

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JESSICA'S TRAVELS:
(Timeline of Jessica Foster's disappearance)

February 2005
Left Calgary and moved in with her mother in Kamloops while working at a golf course and restaurant

April 2005
Travelled to U.S.

May 2005
Moved to Las Vegas

November 2005
Jessie returned to Kamloops B.C., picked up her car and drove to Calgary to visit family.Jessie returned to Kamploops and stayed with her Mother until the morning of December 25, 2005.

December 2005
On December 25th, 2005 Jessie flew back to Las Vegas, Nevada.

March 24, 2006
Jessie spoke with her Mother 2 times on the telephone.

March 27, 2006
Jessie visited a dentist to have a wisdom tooth extracted. Prior to doing the procedure the dentist issued a medical pain pill prescription. It is not known who the dentist was or whether Jessie completed the medical procedure as intended. It is known that Jessie had the prescription filled on March 27, 2006.

If you know anything about this or the name of the dentist please report your information through the Contact Us page.

March 27, 2006
Jessie left a voicemail telephone message for her stepmother


March 28, 2006
Spoke to her sister on the phone; last time family heard from her


What happened to Jessie Foster between March 28 and April 03, 2006 and thereafter?

Jessie Foster has not used her cell phone or accessed her bank accounts since March 28,2006.

May 27, 2006
Was Jessie's 22nd birthday. Jessie's family did not hear from her on her birthday.

If you have seen Jessie Foster and have any information that may help us locate Jessie Foster please report your information through the Contact Us page.

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Friends head to Vegas in search of daughter: Young woman went missing six months ago

The Daily News (Kamloops)
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Page: A5
Section: City & Region
Byline: Jason Hewlett
Source: The Daily News

Four years ago Brenda Rose lost a son. Now she's helping her best friend find a daughter.

"I had a son who died. If I could do anything to bring him back I would," Rose said.

"What happened to us was bad but at least we have closure and know where our son is. Glendene doesn't and it's driving her crazy."

On Oct. 13, Rose and Glendene Grant travel to Calgary to sort through a storage unit belonging to Grant's daughter, Jessie Foster. The hope is there will be some clue as to why Jessie vanished in Las Vegas more than six months ago.

The women fly to Vegas on Oct. 14 with more than 2,000 posters and the determination to talk to anyone and everyone connected to Jessie's disappearance. The duo plan to spend four days in the city.

Rose said Grant was there for her when her son, James, 17, was run over while riding his bike on Pinantan Road in 2002. Accompanying her friend to Vegas is the least she can do to return the favour.

"I want to find some peace for Glendene. She's never going to be able to stop or rest until she knows what happened."

Jessie was last heard from by her older sister on the night of March 28. She went to Las Vegas a year prior to her disappearance for a vacation, extended her trip, and eventually decided to move there.

Grant said she believes Jessie is being held against her will and has been forced into a life of prostitution.

Before her disappearance, family members received a text message, e-mail or phone call from her on a daily basis.

The last person to see Jessie was Peter Todd, the pimp-boyfriend she lived with in North Las Vegas. According to Grant, the two had a rocky relationship, consisting of fights and yelling.

Todd was separated from his wife, a prostitute, who threatened Jessie on at least one occasion, according to reports.

Grant said sorting through Jessie's things will renew her energy for Vegas.

"Who knows what's there. She knew what was going on even if we didn't," she said.

Once in Vegas she will talk with Todd's neighbours. She wants to know when the fighting occurred and when it stopped. Other stops include newspaper offices and TV stations.

"I have to do something so I know I've done it all," Grant said.

© 2006 The Daily News (Kamloops)
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This is an article from the Las Vegas sun website:

April 21, 2006

Tom Gorman on when parents learn their missing daughter was a Vegas call girl

Las Vegas call girls are not likely to tell their moms and dads what they do for a living. It would break too many hearts.

Jessie Foster's parents learned the hard way, from a private eye. He was hired after Jessie disappeared from a North Las Vegas home with all of her belongings.

And now they are numbed by fear that she is in danger, or is dead.

Jessie left her Canadian home nearly a year ago, around the time of her 21st birthday, for what her parents thought would just be a whirlwind tour of the states. She ended up in Las Vegas. With her good looks and casual conversation, she turned eyes and easily made friends here.

In short order she moved in with a fellow named Peter Todd, a 39-year-old Jamaican national who lives in a half-million-dollar tract home in a swank North Las Vegas neighborhood. A neighbor said Peter has driven home some fancy cars - a Jaguar, a Land Rover, a BMW.

Jessie told her parents - Glendene Grant and Dwight Foster, who have been divorced for years - that Peter was a trust-fund baby. He had enough money to take care of her so she wouldn't have to work, she said.

Jessie used to call her father every week, and her mom even more often. She text-messaged her big sister almost daily.

The last time they saw Jessie was over Christmas, when she went home to visit her dad in Calgary, and her mom in Kamloops. She sounded happy and looked good. They asked her to think twice about returning to Las Vegas, but she wouldn't be stopped.

In late March, Jessie's phone calls stopped. Her parents called the fellow she had been living with, Peter. He said he last saw Jessie on April 3. Next thing he knew, he said, she was gone and so was all of her stuff.

She hasn't used her cell phone or her credit cards since late March. Her bank accounts haven't been touched.

Jessie's mom filed a missing persons report with North Las Vegas police on April 9. And for the past two weeks her parents have waited for news, filled with growing dread.

In the absence of any signs of foul play, police don't spend too much time looking for adults just because they haven't recently talked to their families. But the cops did talk to Peter Todd.

Peter told an investigator that Jessie was a prostitute, according to the missing persons report. A local private eye, Mike Kirkman, had learned the same information, and told the parents. They were heartsick.

Police talked to Peter again this week.

I called Peter on Thursday. He was coy, and sounded a lot more concerned about his own skin than Jessie's.

"I have no idea where she is and I told police that," Peter told me. "She always leaves. Yeah, I'm worried, but now I'm worried more for me. I had an interview with the cops yesterday, as a 'witness.' What am I a witness to? I've got this investigator calling, making it sound like I had something to do with it, or that I'm going to be in trouble."

I asked Peter what he knew about Jessie's lifestyle and how she made money. She couldn't get a legitimate job, he said, because she doesn't have a Social Security number.

Peter said that by examining all the action on Jessie's cell phone, it should be obvious what Jessie did for a living. But he wouldn't elaborate.

I asked bluntly, was she a prostitute? "If she was, that was her business," he said. "Her dad asked me that and I told him, man to man, that I don't know, and that's not something I'll discuss with anybody's parents."

Could he explain Jessie's disappearance? No, he said, except that she's left before. She has other friends. She went to San Francisco once, without warning. He conceded that she would always call him after a few days and that this time, there's been no contact.

"It's spooky as h**l and it makes me kind of nervous, her not being in contact with anybody," Peter said. "Either something happened to her, or she has just cut everybody off."

When asked what he did for a living, Peter did not mention a trust fund. He said he fixes, sells and races junk cars.

I told Peter that I had a photograph of him with Jessie, and would he mind if we published it because it might help trigger someone's memory. Don't you dare put my picture in the paper, Peter said.

"I got caught hookin' up with the wrong chick," Peter said. "With all the friggin' women in Las Vegas that I've hooked up with, I never ran into no kind of (stuff) like this before."

In Kamloops, Jessie's mother, Glendene, spends her days trying to piece together clues: whom Jessie has traveled with, whom she talked about in her phone calls home, whom she didn't get along with, fights and arguments with other women.

She struggled to reconcile that her daughter was a hooker. "At first, I thought she just had a rich boyfriend. I was sucked right into that story.

"But she wasn't a streetwalker," she said. "She was a top-level prostitute. She worked out of an escort service."

"Maybe she met a customer who did something to her - but wouldn't her stuff still be at home?" she said. "But if she decided to leave Peter, she'd have called us by now. Something is wrong."

Dwight Foster seems to be coping less well with his daughter's disappearance. He works for the province of Alberta as a workplace safety inspector, but he hasn't been to work this month.

"I feel like someone has reached in and taken my heart and left me a zombie. I've got nothing left but anger. I have considered the fact that I'll never see my girl again."

Please take a good look at Jessie's picture. Have you seen her?

Tom Gorman's column normally runs Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, but he will be taking a week off. He can be reached at 259-2310 or at tom.gorman@lasvegassun.com.
Lauran

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Las Vegas Sun April 21st, 2006 :
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Tom Gorman - on when parents
learn their missing daughter was a
Vegas call girl. Las Vegas call girls
are not likely to tell their moms
and dads what they do for a living.
It would break too many hearts.
Jessie Foster's parents learned the
hard way, from a private eye.He was
hired after Jessie disappeared from a
North Las Vegas home with all of her belongings. “and now they are numbed by fear that she is in danger, or is dead.”

Province April 21st, 2006
Website

Disappearance raises fears

Private eye tells horrified family
that daughter was working for
violent pimp.

Published: Friday, April 21, 2006
Ethan Baron, The Province

Private eye tells horrified family that daughter was working for violent pimp. A year ago, Foster arrived in Las Vegas on her way home from a trip to Florida with a friend. " he called me from Las Vegas and said, 'Mom, I like it here, I'm going to stay," Grant said. Foster soon met a man named Peter who told her he raced cars and came from a wealthy family. She moved into his expensive condo. "To Jessie he was like PrinceCharming," Grant said. "What he was, he's just like a frickin' wolf." A private detective hired by Foster's dad, Dwight Foster, uncovered disturbing information. Foster, who had graduated from high school and went on to work as a waitress at Boston Pizza in Calgary and Kamloops, was convicted in Las Vegas of soliciting for prostitution in June 2005. Last September, she wascharged with four more counts of that offence, investigator Mike Kirkman said. Her Prince Charming was married to a convicted prostitute and he had been found guilty of spousal abuse. Associatesof Foster told Kirkman that Peter had beaten her up and that they'd seen the bruises. "I think you can draw your own conclusions as to what he may be," Kirkman said. "In English, it's called a pimp." Peter is the only person police know of in the Las Vegas area to question in connection with Foster's disappearance, Bedwell said. Peter told The Province he has no involvement with the prostitution business and that he never physically abused Foster. "I don't give a s--t what the h**l they say about me," Peter said. "When I met Jessica Foster, she was a hooker."

Las Vegas Sun April 23rd, 2006
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Calgary Sun April 27th, 2006
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Daughter lost in Las Vegas
Private eye hired after woman, 21, disappears in U.S.

By Sarah Kennedy, Calgary Sun

His daughter's disappearance into the dark underworldof Las Vegas has a Calgary dad fearing the worst. With little help from Las Vegas police, Jessica Foster's parents have hired a Sin City private eye to hunt down the 21-year-old, who disappeared a month ago. And the family is getting some Hollywood help with news personality Geraldo Rivera set to do a piece on the disappearance. Dwight Foster said his daughter -- once a straight-A student -- travelled to Vegas in search of adventure a year ago but got lured into the murky world of the city's sex trade. "She moved out to Las Vegas with a girlfriend we didn't really know but she kept in touch with us daily, giving us updates on where she was and what she was seeing," said Dwight. Dwight said he started to question his daughter's lifestyle when he learned she was living with a boyfriend named Peter in an expensive house but didn't seem to be working. One month ago, all communication with Jessica stopped, leaving her panicked family wondering if she's still alive. When contact stopped, Grant and Dwight, who are divorced, called the Las Vegas police department. Dwight said the officers checked Peter's house. When there was no evidence of foul play, cops told the family there was not much else to investigate. The family took matters into their own hands and hired Mike Kirkland, a private investigator in Vegas who uncovered a darker side to the story. Kirkland learned Jessica had been working as a prostitute -- a stark contrast from the young woman who had never been in trouble and graduated from John Diefenbaker high school four years ago with top grades. The PI also found she had been badly beaten and hospitalized recently, as well as being charged with prostitution, said Dwight. He said he fears his daughter is in danger. "My deep-down thoughts is that she's not calling us because she can't. ... I feel it now that something bad has happened to her." A field producer for Geraldo Rivera's syndicated news program GeraldoAt Large interviewed the family this week. Anyone with information can call Kirkland at 702-897-6820.

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JESSICA'S TRAVELS:
(Timeline of Jessica Foster's disappearance)

February 2005
Left Calgary and moved in with her mother in Kamloops while working at a golf course and restaurant

April 2005
Travelled to U.S.

May 2005
Moved to Las Vegas

Dec. 2005
Returned to Calgary to visit family

March 27, 2006
Left a phone message for her stepmother

March 28, 2006
Spoke to her sister on the phone; last time family heard from her

Edmonton Sun April 27th, 2006
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Dad hires PI to find daughter in Vegas
By Sarah Kennedy, Sun Media CALGARY

His daughter's disappearance into the darkunderworld of Las Vegas has a Calgary dad fearing the worst. With little help from Las Vegas police, the parents of Jessica Foster have hired a Sin City private investigator to hunt down the 21-year-old, who disappeared a month ago. And the family is getting some Hollywood help, with news personality Geraldo Rivera set to do a piece on the disappearance. Dwight Foster said his daughter -- once a straight-A student -- travelled to Vegas in search of adventure a year ago but got lured into a murky world. "She moved out to Las Vegas with a girlfriend we didn't really know, but she kept in touch with us daily, giving us updates on where she was and what she was seeing," said Dwight. Dwight said he started to question his daughter's lifestyle when he learned she was living with a boyfriend named Peter in an expensive house, but she didn't seem to be working. "She told us this Peter guy's family was rich and that he was supporting her," he said. But Dwight kept his suspicions in check because Jessica sent daily text messages to her sisters and her mother, Glendene Grant, who live in Kamloops, B.C. One month ago, all communication with Jessica abruptly stopped. When that happened, Grant and Dwight, who are divorced, called the Las Vegas police department. "We filed a missing person's report. They said they recognized she was missing, but that she's an adult and as far as they're concerned, there's no crime scene," said Dwight. Dwight said the officers checked out Peter's house and when there was no evidence of foul play, they told the family there's not much else to investigate. Which is why the family took matters into their own hands and hired Mike Kirkland, a private investigator in Vegas who uncovered a darker side to the story. Kirkland learned Jessica had been working as a prostitute and the man she was living with had been her pimp -- a stark contrast from the young woman who had never been in trouble and graduated from John Diefenbaker high school four years ago with top grades. The PI also found she had been badly beaten and hospitalized recently, as well as being charged with prostitution, said Dwight. He said he fears his daughter is in danger or has met with foul play. "My deep down thoughts is that she's not calling us because she can't ... I feel it now that something bad has happened to her." A field producer for Rivera's syndicated news program, Geraldo At Large, interviewed the family earlier this week.

Geraldo at Large April 27th, 2006
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MISSING IN VEGAS

A beautiful foreigner vanishes in Vegas, and her case stumps police. Did she fall prey to the dark side of Sin City?

To Watch Geraldo Rivera Report on Jesse Foster click on this link to Video and scroll down page to:

SIN CITY MYSTERY

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Jessie Foster’s parents fears for her safety and for her life. Their beautiful daughter headed to the United States for a fun-filled road trip, but ended up living with a wealthy older man in a ritzy suburb of Las Vegas. A few months later she vanished, along with all of her belongings. Now, her family has hired a private investigator to try to track her down. Did Jessie fall victim to the dark side of Sin City? Don’t miss At Large’s exclusive investigation into this troubling case.
Jessie Foster's parents have set up a fund to raise money to cover the costs of their search efforts.

If you would like to make a contribution, please write to: Canadian Imperial British Columbia (CIBC) Branch#00050 3rd and Victoria Branch, Kamloops BC ACCOUNT # 98-27412

Calgary Sun April 28th, 2006
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U.S. search more grim each day
PI hopes Geraldo show will lead to tips in search for Calgary woman

By Sarah Kenney, Calgary Sun

The chances of finding Jessica Foster alive in the Las Vegas underworld are less likely as time passes, said the private eye hired to find her. Mike Kirkman is on the hunt in Sin City for the 21-year-old Calgarian who, after almost a year of daily contact with her family back home, hasn't been heard from in a month. "Each day that passes, the prognosis is grimmer," said Kirkman, a 25-year PI. "I'm trying to resolve the case to give the family answers but we're not getting any co-operation from the person she lived with." Phone records show no calls have been made from Jessica's phone in about a month and she hasn't taken any money out of her back account, said Kirkman Foster's parents, Dwight Foster, a Calgary resident, and Glendene Grant, of Kamloops, called Kirkman to find answers. Through his investigation, he discovered Foster, formerly a straight-A student who avoided trouble, was sucked into the city's seedy sex trade. Hospital records show she was badly beaten at one point. The PI said he's hoping tonight's broadcast of the case on Geraldo Rivera's news show will help generate tips. "When these things break, you've got to follow every lead and it just takes one good one," he said. Det. Dave Molnar of the Las Vegas police department said they are still actively investigating the case. Foster went to the U.S. last year with a friend to do some travelling and eventually ended up in Las Vegas. A trust fund called Jessica Foster in Trust has been set up at the CIBC bank in Kamloops to help cover the cost of the private investigator. Anyone with information can call Kirkman at 702-897-6820.

Calgary Sun April 29th, 2006
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Wedding marred by fear Family nuptials go on despite woman missing
By Sarah Kennedy, Calgary Sun

Dwight Foster's secret wish is that his missing daughter Jessie Foster will show up in Calgary today for her stepsister's wedding. But deep in his heart, he knows that won't happen. "She was supposed to be here right now," he said yesterday. Even if the 21-year-old got drawn into the sex trade underworld of Las Vegas, she would come home for the wedding if she could, said Dwight. And that's the fear gnawing at him day and night -- what has happened to the Calgary woman? "It's tearing me up that I didn't find out more about the people she was travelling with," he said. Jessie had been living with a boyfriend in Vegas for about a year and had daily contact with her family back home until a month ago when communication stopped. Her phone records show she's made no calls and there's been no money taken from her bank account. Dwight and Jessie's mom Glendene Grant hired private eye Mike Kirkman to hunt down the missing woman in Sin City. He learned she had been working as a prostitute and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized. The tidbits of information have given Dwight hope but as time passes, that's fading and is replaced by fear the family won't be able to continue to afford Kirkman's fees.

Donations can be made in Trust of Jessica Foster at any CIBC bank.

Edmonton Sun May 1st 2006
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'She just left'

Las Vegas man puzzled about what happened to missing Calgary woman
By Sarah Kennedy, Sun Media CALGARY

Jessica Foster didn't seem to be in any trouble in Las Vegas before she vanished, says a man who lived with her. James Todd said Foster had been dating his twin brother Peter and lived with them in Las Vegas before she disappeared more than a month ago. "It's pretty sad the way she just left and no one seems to know where she went," he said. "I've been asking myself since this started, where is she? And why hasn't she contacted anyone?" James said he hasn't heard from Jessica in more than a month and as far as he knows, neither has his brother. While living with Todd for almost a year, Foster, 21, had daily contact with her father Dwight in Calgary and her mother Glendene Grant, who lives in Kamloops, B.C But communication completely stopped in late March. Foster's phone records show she's made no calls and there's been no money taken from her bank account. Dwight and Grant hired private eye Mike Kirkman to hunt down the missing woman in Sin City. He discovered the disturbing news that the once straight-A student from a loving family had been working as a prostitute in Vegas and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized. James said when he moved in with the couple in order to save money to get his own place, he had no idea what Foster did for a living. "My assumption was that she was a stripper," he said. "I'm shocked but this seems to be a quick way to make a buck in Vegas and I'm not going to pass judgment on what she chose to do for a living." James said he kept to himself while living with the tumultuous couple. "Jessica and Peter had a lot of arguments and that's not the environment I want to be in," he said. Along with Kirkman, Las Vegas police are also investigating the situation.
Lauran

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http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/.../566637933.html

September 24, 2006

MUTUAL MISERY WHEN DAUGHTERS DISAPPEAR
By Abigail Goldman <abigail.goldman@lasvegassun.com>
Las Vegas Sun

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You could say that Lindsay Harris' parents were somewhat uncomfortable when their 19-year-old daughter moved to Las Vegas. And you could say Jessie Foster's parents felt the same when their daughter, 21 and another thin blonde, left home in a similar fashion - suddenly, and on the arm of a man they barely knew.

But, like most good girls from small towns know they should, Harris and Foster phoned home all the time. Well-meaning, white-toothed and wide-eyed, the girls called their mothers, but always to talk around the truth: Harris said she was working as a dancer; Foster said her boyfriend supported them with his trust fund.

Both, in fact, were prostitutes. And their families would only find that out after each girl had suddenly vanished. Harris and Foster, strangers to each other, were swallowed by the Strip where they plied their trade, months apart but in much the same manner: whole, and without a trace.

Harris was last seen alive in May 2005; Foster disappeared in early April this year. Both had police records for prostitution, and both lived with boyfriends that nobody in their families exactly adored. Working girls, no less, in a city that sees certain types like tides.

Neither daughter has swiped her credit card, touched her bank account or used her cell phone since the last confirmed sightings. Neither has called her mother.

Still, without finding probable cause that a crime has occurred, police have gummed the cases as though Harris and Foster are just two more missing persons. Missing adults, detectives told the parents early on, sometimes want to get lost and stay so.

The families, now friends through mutual misery, quickly hired private investigators, and have accepted their daughters' lip-glossed, late-night mug shots. They have steeled themselves against the thought of their children crawling casinos for clients. But they refuse to believe their Lindsay and their Jessie would fall off the face of the Earth without a fight.

The private investigators, expensive as they are respected, second the parents' sinking dread: The women have been murdered, they say, and in both cases it's pretty clear someone knows more than they're letting on.

Harris was last seen in sweatpants and a ponytail by a bank surveillance camera on May 4, 2005. By then 21, she withdrew money and mailed a Mother's Day card.

She had moved to Vegas two years earlier to live with boyfriend Solomon Barron, a man she met at a concert outside her hometown of Skaneateles, N.Y. Harris' parents would learn she was missing before the Mother's Day card arrived.

Barron called Harris' family on May 7 - the first time he had ever called them - to say Lindsay was missing. The parents had met him just once, about five months earlier during a Christmas visit that now haunts them.

In his phone call, Barron, a self-described music promoter, told Harris' parents he hadn't been able to contact their daughter after she left him a voice-mail message in the early morning of May 6. In the message, he told her parents, Harris said that she was leaving the Monte Carlo and heading to the Luxor. Barron, in Syracuse, N.Y., at the time, said he tried unsuccessfully to call her back several times. Worried, he said, he flew back to Henderson, but never heard from Harris again.

Last Tuesday private investigator Tom Dillard, a former Metro Homicide detective who investigated the death of Benny Binion for the casino namesake's family, flipped through Harris' phone records in his downtown office. Harris called Barron all the time, sometimes every three or four minutes, Dillard said, until the day all calls abruptly stopped.

Dillard pointed to a spot in the two-inch case file he keeps on Harris.

May 5: Harris calls several utility companies. Paying bills or shutting off power? Dillard doesn't know.

May 6: Harris calls Barron at 1:12 a.m. The call lasts one minute, and most likely was a phone message.

"That's the last time we know she's alive," Dillard said.

Less than a week after that final call, Harris' black Mercedes was found abandoned in a parking lot near the Luxor.

Bob Harris, a special education administrator, doesn't remember if it was Dillard or the Henderson Police who first told him that his daughter was a prostitute. He and his schoolteacher wife, Martha, never had a clue.

"Part of it was just being naive. I guess we came to this small little upstate town we live in so that we wouldn't have to face the trials and tribulations of what real life can bring," he said. "Maybe we sheltered her too much. We found out that our daughter was mesmerized by that and taken in. Sucked into it. It's literally a parent's worst nightmare."

Lindsay Harris' twin brother didn't know either. But Barron knew, and Dillard discovered that the couple shared their Henderson rental home with at least one other young, blond woman - also a convicted prostitute with a rap sheet longer than Harris'.

Barron won't say if he's a pimp. He calls such a question irrelevant, one he's sick of being asked.

"Everybody wants to know, are you this, is she that? It's not rocket science. It's not rocket science what she does and what any of the girls I have been around do," he said Wednesday. "Everybody is not the same. Some people get married, go to college, have a picket white fence, but not everybody. All that is irrelevant - there is a young woman missing."

Barron figures Harris might have met a dangerous client, someone who maybe wanted the $7,000, heart-shaped watch Barron had given her. Moreover, he said, Harris had begged him not to leave town that weekend, possibly because she feared a "bad date." Barron calls Harris a "working girl" and "the best thing that ever happened to me."

But working girls, Solomon Barron reminds, sometimes go missing:

"Things happen, and we know this. It has been going on forever. Things happen to working girls. Everybody is acting like that is not the case. They're just looking down with tunnel vision - Solomon has something to do with it and Solomon knows, and a year and a half later, the whole investigation is lost. These girls have no hope."

With Barron's last point, at least, the Harris and Foster families agree.


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Foster's parents learned she was missing in April but only found out about their daughter's escort agency employment after they hired private investigator Mike Kirkman. The parents, who live in Canada, say their daughter was swept off her feet and out of the country by a man who wooed her, then paid her way to New York City, Key West and finally Las Vegas.

For a 21-year-old woman of modest means, the vacationing, the posh restaurants, the yachts and the clothes were hypnotic - a lavish facade against which Foster's father, Dwight, said she had no defense:

"I think she was recruited. No girl grows up thinking, 'I am going to be a ho.' They get served up as queens. They put her in expensive hotels, showed her the world, dancing and swimming in the Caribbean Sea - this is the life they are shown. It's a recruitment, then they get shown the true lifestyle."

Jessie Foster broke off from her traveling companion in Las Vegas in May 2005 and started dating Peter Todd, living with him in his North Las Vegas home. Todd is the last person known to have seen Foster alive. He told police he left home early on April 3, returning in a few hours only to find that Foster had packed up and left; everything she had at the house was gone. The police interviewed Todd twice. With no signs of foul play, it remains an open missing-persons case but is on the back burner, said North Las Vegas police spokesman Sean Walker.

"(Detectives) will follow up on any leads that they get, but are they out walking the streets? No. That would not be productive," Walker said. "We have to work with different rules than private investigators. We have to deal in probable cause, and until we have that, this is going to be a missing-adult case."

Dwight Foster and Kirkman don't buy that, and said that Peter Todd knows more than he has said.

Todd told Kirkman and Foster's parents that he knows nothing of the girl's disappearance. In questioning, Todd told police he knew his girlfriend worked as an escort, but wouldn't confirm that to her parents. In April, two weeks after Foster's mother filled out a missing person's report, Todd told the Sun that he had made the mistake of falling in with the wrong girl.

"It's spooky as h**l, and it makes me kind of nervous," Todd said. "With all the friggin' women in Las Vegas that I've hooked up with, I never ran into no kind of (stuff) like this before."

Todd did not return a reporter's phone calls last week, and his home is for sale.

Before she disappeared, Foster told her family she was going to marry Todd. Last Christmas she visited them in Canada and, while she was there, Todd called 15 or 20 times a day, her father said. On occasion, Dwight Foster said, he would intercept 3 a.m. phone calls and beg Todd not to call so late during the work week.

"I would pick up the phone, and he would sit there in total silence. He wouldn't even speak to me," Foster said. "That's when I started to get the feeling that this guy is creepy. He said nothing. Nothing. He sat there and listened to me."

Jessie Foster assured her concerned parents they just didn't understand her relationship with Todd.

That relationship has been the subject of some speculation.

Private eye Kirkman said Todd had no discernible source of income and was much more than Foster's boyfriend. Todd's estranged wife is also a convicted prostitute and it is believed that, like Jessie Foster, she is Canadian.

In April, Todd said that he fixes junk cars to race and sell.

"I have no idea where she is," he told the Sun, "and I told police that."

Kirkman said he believes Foster was planning to leave Todd. Her co-workers at the escort service told the investigator they had seen Foster bruised and beaten. Privately, Kirkman discovered, Foster had opened a savings account in Canada and filled it with more than $10,000. The money sits untouched.

Jessie Foster is dead, Kirkman warned the family.

"You have to start making some mental adjustments," he said this week. "It's a big desert."


• • •

Two weeks after Lindsay Harris disappeared, a car rented in her name was discovered abandoned near the Henderson home she shared with Solomon Barron, parked not far from a wide expanse of undeveloped desert. At night, that desert becomes a black sheet of invisible earth, a vista that can be seen clearly from the home's second-floor rooms.

The undercarriage of the car, private investigator Dillard remembers, was damaged, as if someone had driven it carelessly over bumpy ground.

A Henderson Police fly-over was no help, and Dillard himself found nothing after trekking the rocky terrain.

"The vehicle, where it was abandoned and how it was abandoned, it was all very suspicious to me," he said. "I had a feeling I'd find a makeshift grave."

Still, he is convinced: "I think she was murdered. There will be a crime scene somewhere - put it that way."

After a few weeks, the family decided to have Dillard step down, fearing that too many investigators might make persons of interest nervous, said Lindsay's father, Bob.

"We don't want to get into a situation where people are stepping on each other, stepping over each other," he said. "We are in a bind. There is not a lot we can do. It's like playing poker. We can't stand up and show our total hand."

In January police again searched the desert landscape near the Harris/Barron home. Her parents flew in from New York again, this time to wait while some 250 volunteers combed the terrain in a grid. Martha Harris wore her daughter's vest and the gold cross she had bought to keep Lindsay safe in Las Vegas. The family didn't participate in the search - petrified of finding something, yet desperate to find something at the same time.

Pacing by the makeshift search headquarters, Martha Harris tread carefully around the family's relationship with Barron.

"He had an integral part of her being here," she said. "I think it was glamorous. He presented a glamorous, glitzy Las Vegas life. She didn't know what she was getting into, she was too young and naive. I knew he had a lot of money all the time, but I thought, you can make a lot of money here. Talk about naive."

Barron did not help search. He was at home, up the street, conducting interviews from his doorway. A short time later, he moved from the home, but said Wednesday that he hasn't been able to get very far.

"No one cares, and it's really like a slap in the face," Barron said. "If they did, somebody would try to listen to me instead of trying to point the finger at me and doing searches of my house. Now they are following me, now they are coming to my crib."

Henderson police won't release any details of the ongoing investigation, spokesman Todd Rasmussen said. Though still considered a missing persons case, detectives said it's likely Lindsay Harris met a tragic end.

"As a parent, I'm just grasping at straws," her father said this week. "I'm looking for any kind of connection that can bring us closer to the truth."


• • •

Neither family really believes Lindsay and Jessie are alive.

Their parents also believe their daughters' disappearances are no coincidence, but part of something much darker and deeper than one bad client.

"The fact that these two girls come from two totally different areas and disappear under the same conditions, with everything so similar, tells you how big this is, how ugly this is, how well connected this is," said Dwight Foster, Jessie's dad.

Bob Harris, Lindsay's father, said that the feeling is intuitive: "I believe whatever happened to Lindsay, whatever happened to Jessie, whoever did this - this is not the first time they have done it, and they absolutely know how to get away with it. It's a planned, packaged program and it's working. It's speculation, but theories run rampant. This is something that is not going to go away."

It's a sickening cycle: Not knowing, then knowing too much, then knowing nothing again.

And the dread that their daughters may have been lost even before they disappeared.

"This has shredded me to my core," Dwight Foster said. "I look at this all, and I shake with fury."

abigail.goldman@lasvegassun.com.

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MISSING PERSON

Jessica Edith Louise Foster
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5’6” – 5’7”
Weight: 110 – 120 lbs
Age: Disappeared: 21 Current: 22
$5,000.00 Reward for Information
Reward Video courtesy of www.findjessiefoster.com

Jessie has perfectly straight, white teeth. They are very noticeable with her big, beautiful smile.
Jessie has no known tattoos or scars, but has a pierced right eyebrow, and she sometimes wears a dainty nose ring. She also has several piercings in her ears.
Jessie has long blond hair. She wears it long and straight, long and curly, and she wears her hair up.
Jessie's last confirmed location was at 1009 Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas with her boyfriend Peter Todd, on a telephone call to her sister.
Jessie has always kept in close contact with her friends and family and hasn’t been heard from since March 28th, 2006. Jessie's bank card, credit cards and cell phone have not been used.
Jessie loves music and is a friend of, international hip hop star, Moka Only.
Could Jessie's case be related to the Lindsay Harris missing person case? Lindsay's case was featured on America's Most Wanted, and there are striking similarities between the two cases.

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Message from Jessie's MOM Glendene

""I just got an email from Morgan Landau, a Maury Povich Show producer.
She had promised me that if we were not able to be on the show, they would definitely show her missing posters.
She just let me know that the show with Jessie's poster will be airing this Wednesday, October 11th.
Everyone will have to look up the listings to see when the Maury Show is on in their area that day, so we can all watch it.
LOTS of people in the USA will be watching this show and that is how many more people will be hearing about Jessie's story.
I am so grateful that this is happening.
Brenda and I are leaving for Calgary and then on to Las Vegas that same day, so I will have to get someone to tape it for me.
Take care and thank you all for your continued and full support in our search for Jessie.
Love Glendene. ""


Glendene will also be on Todd's radio show sometime in the near future
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This case appear's active at this time and very hot!!!!! here a few link's to help you with fresh lead's... http://www.jessiefoster.ca/ ....... http://www.findjessiefoster.com/ and some people have a idea this could be connected to the Lindsay Harris missing person case ...Geraldo has gave this case a lot of air time plus AMW has gave air time to the Lindsay Harris case.....
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http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2006/1...913274-sun.html

Thu, December 21, 2006

Disappearance brings sorrow to ChristmasUPDATED: 2006-12-21 01:20:26 MST


By SARAH KENNEDY, CALGARY SUN




It was Christmas Day last year when Glendene Grant last saw her daughter.

If it were up to her, Grant would prefer the holiday to slip by with no notice because without her daughter Jessie Foster, she said it's not worth celebrating.

"I wasn't going to celebrate it this year but my youngest daughter said we have to because that's what Jessie would want," she said.

Still, Grant said she couldn't bring herself to decorate the Christmas tree because it's full of ornaments that Jessie made.

"I couldn't even open the box," she said.

It was Christmas Day last year when Jessie boarded a plane to Las Vegas, where she had been living with a man named Peter Todd for several months.

Grant and her ex-husband Dwight Foster didn't realize their 21-year-old daughter, who had been a straight-A student, working two jobs, got involved in the underworld of Las Vegas and had been working as a prostitute.


It wasn't until they hired a Vegas private investigator, several months after all communication with Jessie stopped, that Grant and Foster learned the terrifying truth.

It's now been eight months and still no word from Jessie. Glendene said every day living has become a struggle.

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There were 2 articles in the newspapers yesterday.
1) Kamloops, BC: http://www.kamloopsnews.ca//news.html (scroll down a bit to see our story)
2) Calgary, AB: http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2006/1...913274-sun.html
Plus the local radio did an interview and it was on the 3 stations they have in town here.
Thank you everyone for your wonderful, strong, long-lasting support.

Please remember we still need to continue our fundraising...we need a bigger reward fund and we NEED to keep the search going (keeping our PI working, going to where we have to go in our search for Jessie. All of this is so very important, since we do not have the support of the Nevada / Las Vegas authorities that we so desperately need. So it is up to us, you...me...everyone to keep this investigation going strong. Thank you to everyone, God Bless you all and have a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
Love Glendene and family.


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www.FindJessieFoster.com
www.FindJessieFosterNewsletter.com

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Every little bit helps and is so appreciated, more than anyone can imagine.

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Have you seen this woman? 22 years old Hair: blond Eyes: hazel Height: 5-foot-6 Weight: 125 pounds

Jessie Foster moved to Las Vegas in May 2005. She disappeared without a trace in the spring of 2006.



Bernard James of Toronto, Ontario, holding a missing-person poster, talks to Dwight and Glendene about Jessie.


Canadians Glendene Grant and Dwight Foster were in Las Vegas for several days in mid-January, searching for their missing daughter Jessie.




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As the plane took off and banked to the south, the United States spread out before Glendene Grant. The Rocky Mountains of Montana. The Snake River and Yellowstone National Park in Idaho and Wyoming. The Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch Range and Bryce Canyon in Utah.

From her window seat, Grant looked down on it all -- a sheet of darkness -- and thought one thing: Where's Jessie?

Everyone and everything on the flight reminded her of Jessie. The man sitting next to her, whom she handed a card with Jessie's photo on it. The TV screen in the seat back, which aired footage of the recovery of two kidnapped boys in Kirkwood, Mo. Her carry-on bag, which contained a laptop, newspaper clippings and missing-person posters.

The plane began its descent into Las Vegas -- the bed of lights, the Monopoly houses, the neon river of the Strip.

Is Jessie beneath those lights, Grant wondered? Is she somewhere in the city? Is she alive? Is she dead?

As the plane taxied to the gate, a flight attendant announced a birthday and the passengers sang "Happy Birthday." Grant cringed. Jessie was missing on her own birthday. And on Mother's Day. And on Christmas.

So many days in a year. So many reminders.

"They come to Las Vegas to drink and gamble and have fun, and it kind of bothered me that they just assumed everybody else on the plane was there to have fun," said Grant. "I felt like standing up and saying, 'Excuse me, but I'm not really here to have fun.' I felt like saying, 'After singing 'Happy Birthday,' let's say a prayer for my daughter.'"

Added Jessie's father, Dwight Foster, who flew into Las Vegas a few days after Grant: "I saw how spread out the city was and how bright it was and the glitz and the glamour. Of course, the passengers flying in are very excited. Everyone on the plane was going there to have fun and make lots of money. I'm sitting there and all I'm feeling is apprehension and dread and hopelessness. Las Vegas just represents a totally different head space for me."

Grant didn't stand up and say anything to the passengers. She doesn't want to be too cynical, she said. She's just sad. Really sad.

She picked up her bag, shuffled off the plane and made her way through McCarran International Airport.

"I wish I thought that I was coming here to find Jessie," she said, her voice breaking. "But I know I'm not going to go home with her. I know that. Basically, I'm just here to remind people that she's missing and to let more people know she's missing. I just want to bring her picture to light. I just want to try to get some media attention and let the police know we're not giving up. We're not going to quit phoning them. We're not going to quit e-mailing them. We want some answers."

Jessica Edith Louise Foster was born on May 27, 1984, in Calgary, Alberta. She grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia, a city of about 90,000 people.

When she was 16 years old, Jessie moved to Calgary to live with her father -- who'd separated from her mother when Jessie was 1 1/2. She graduated from John G. Diefenbaker High School in 2002.

"I missed most of her formative years," said Foster, an occupational health and safety officer with the government of Alberta. "I missed her elementary school years. I missed her junior high school years. So when she moved to Calgary and I was able to sit down with her and help her with her homework that really helped us bond. We were very close."

In February 2005, Jessie moved back to Kamloops. A few months later, she traveled the United States -- Miami, New York City and Atlantic City -- with a friend. She ended up in Las Vegas in May of that year and decided to stay.

"I didn't like that she moved here," said Grant. "I even said to her, 'You're not moving to Las Vegas without me having the contact information for somebody else living there.' I literally said to her, 'What if something happens to you? What if you go missing and I don't know who to call?'"

Added Foster, "It was doomed from the beginning. First of all, she was an illegal alien. She was just visiting the United States. Then, shortly after moving here, she met this guy. She was talking about a long-term relationship with him, but she wasn't an American citizen. She wasn't going to be able to live down here with him.

"She didn't think any of this through. How was she expecting this to succeed?"

The "guy" was North Las Vegas resident Peter Todd. Jessie moved in with Todd shortly after she arrived in Las Vegas, said her mother and father.

In November 2005, Jessie flew home to Kamloops to visit. She also visited Calgary. On Christmas Day, the family drove her to the airport, where she caught the 3 p.m. flight back to Las Vegas.

"If I'd felt I had the right to," said Grant, "I would've stopped her from leaving. But she was 21 years old, so I couldn't tell her: 'You have to stay home. You can't go back there.' She was an adult and had been for three years."

It was the last time the family has seen Jessie.

On March 28, her older sister Crystal talked to her on the phone. No one in the family has talked to her since. Her cell phone hasn't been used. Her credit cards haven't been used. She hasn't made any transactions at the bank.

"I knew right away that something was wrong," said Foster. "There was no doubt in my mind. This was not something Jessie had ever done before. She always kept in touch with her family. I broke down, because I knew this was serious."

Finally, on April 9, Grant got in touch with Peter Todd. He told her Jessie had left him in early April and he hadn't seen or heard from her since. Grant called the North Las Vegas Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and reported Jessie missing.

According to a North Las Vegas Police Department report, an officer went to Todd's house that day and asked him about Jessie. Todd told the officer Jessie had moved out on April 2. He also allowed the officer to look around the home.

About a week later, Todd and his ex-wife were questioned at the police department.

"When you're a detective and you interview people, you oftentimes might have a suspicion about this or that," said Tim Bedwell, a public information officer with the North Las Vegas Police Department. "The problem is, the law doesn't allow you to use mere suspicion to arrest people, to get a search warrant and things like that. I'm certainly not prepared to sit here and say there aren't things about this case that are suspicious, but we have to be cautious about what we say. The truth is we don't know what happened to Jessie. We can't even develop any sort of estimation."

CityLife was unable to reach Todd for comment. In police reports and newspaper stories, he has said he had nothing to do with Jessie's disappearance.

In mid-April, Grant and Foster hired private investigator Mike Kirkman. Kirkman found out Jessie had been arrested multiple times for prostitution, under the name Jessie Taylor. He also said Todd's ex-wife had been arrested for prostitution.

"It shocked me," said Grant. "But then I got over the shock and realized it doesn't really matter what Jessie was doing down here. She was missing and we needed to find her. I don't give a crap what anyone does for a living. They're still human. And I especially wasn't going to judge one of my kids."

Added Foster, "It sounds to me like there's irrefutable evidence that my daughter sold her body for money. I don't care what you call it. I hate the word 'prostitute.' I hate the word 'hooker.' Those things disgust me when I think of them, because that's what my daughter was. That, in itself, is so devastating."

Kirkman also told Grant and Foster he thought their daughter was dead.

Despite shocking revelations and theories, there was little physical evidence in Jessie's disappearance. The North Las Vegas Police Department closed the case pending further information. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Kamloops Police Department and the Canadian consulate never got involved, said Grant and Foster.

"And that's where the case has been ever since," said Grant. "The only people who have done any further investigation are Mike Kirkman and the family. It's very frustrating."

Said Foster, "The North Las Vegas Police Department doesn't even exist in my mind. They've done absolutely nothing. They've done nothing but open a case file. They've disillusioned us and given us great concern about whether any investigation is going to be initiated. They told us right away that they don't have the resources for this kind of case and Metro usually handles these cases and, well, Jessie lived in North Las Vegas. Sorry, but we have to take the case and we're just not set up for this kind of thing.

"Basically they said, 'It's our responsibility, but we can't do anything about it.'"

Jessie's disappearance has affected her family profoundly. Grant said she is a different person now. She doesn't even recognize herself. She was always the loudest, most boisterous person in the room. The one who had everyone laughing. Very outgoing. Now she doesn't even like to leave the house. She's withdrawn. Nothing is fun anymore, she said, now that Jessie's not around.

At one point, Grant was neglecting her three other children. Then Crystal told her not to forget about them. We need you, too, she said. And you need us.

"It wasn't a matter of not considering them or forgetting about them," said Grant, an Internet technician. "It's just that they were there. They were in front of me. They were in my house. They were all taken care of and I knew where they were, so all of my energy was focused on Jessie."

It's tough for Foster to describe what a father feels when his daughter disappears without a trace. He can only say he hasn't worked in 10 months. He doesn't do the things he used to like to do. When he tries to do them, he just goes through the motions. There's no passion. There's no energy. He's numb.

"You go through a period of deep, profound despair," said Foster, "and you live with a lump in your throat and you feel like your chest is going to explode and you feel like you're losing grasp of reality. It affected me in ways I never thought possible."

Time passes unnoticed, he said. The months of April, May and June felt like a week. They vanished, along with the good memories, which were replaced by total darkness. Without the e-mails he sent during those months, he wouldn't even have proof he was alive.

Then time slowed down, said Foster. To normal. Then to a crawl. The months of August, September and October felt like an eternity.

Jessie's disappearance gutted him, said Foster. It ripped him open. He bled.

And he will continue to bleed until she's found.

"All along, I hoped the system would work for us," said Foster. "I had faith that once people realized this is serious, this isn't some runaway taking off for a couple weeks, they would do something about it. But they haven't. I was filled with a sense of desperation. I realized that it was coming up on a year since my daughter had disappeared, and regardless of all the attempts I'd made to get my consulate and the local authorities to do something, they weren't taking us seriously. It wasn't changing anything. I felt like I had to be a physical presence down here for something to happen.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I had to take a shot at it."

January 17. 1:45 p.m. Grant and Foster sat in a sterile conference room, their reflections showing on the tabletop. Grant's left arm was wedged between the table and her chin. Foster's arms were folded. Mike Hope, director of Crime Stoppers of Nevada, looked at them blankly.

The small talk had ended. The details of Jessie's disappearance had been reviewed and analyzed. (Grant and Foster added that they thought the "friend" Jessie traveled to the United States with was actually a pimp.) The role of Crime Stoppers -- to generate tips and try to publicize them -- had been defined. The conversation turned to the reward, set at $5,000, and the possibility of the family increasing it.

"At what stage does a reward start to make a difference?" Foster asked Hope.

"It just depends," said Hope methodically. "We had a homicide a year ago where $100,000 brought in a lot of tips. Other times, you get tips for much less than that. There's no magic number. It's just whatever will make someone say, 'That's worth it to me to come forward.' What that number is, I really don't now."

"What do you see as our next move," continued Foster, "besides upping the reward?"

"That's about all you can do, as far as Crime Stoppers is concerned. You want to keep the media interested in the story and see if you can entice someone to come forward. There are a couple of advertising things I'm going to look into. I can't promise you anything, but I'll talk to some people about billboards and that kind of thing." Hope, who has two daughters, said he understood how they felt.

Foster leaned forward, placed his elbows on the table and locked his fingers.

"If we up the reward to $10,000, what will Crime Stoppers do?" he asked. "Another press release? TV? Newspapers?"

"What I do is type up the press release," said Hope, who has worked for Metro (with which Crime Stoppers is affiliated) for 27 years. "It goes through our public information office. They send it to the newspapers and television stations, but it's up to them whether they broadcast it or not. We don't have any control over that. They may pick it up, they may not. Hopefully it's a slow news day. If there's something big going on, it may get pushed to the bottom of the pile."

After meeting with Grant and Foster, Hope said that all Crime Stoppers -- which received more than 1,000 phone calls in December -- could do was try to spread the word that Jessie's still missing.

"I had back surgery a few years ago," said Hope. "I wanted the doctor to tell me everything's going to be all right, but he wouldn't. All he would say was, 'I'll do the best I can.' It's kind of the same thing here. You don't want to tell people everything's going to be all right, in case it isn't."

The following afternoon, Grant and Foster went to the North Las Vegas Police Department. They met with Detective Dave Molnar, who was assigned Jessie's case. Molnar, said Grant and Foster, shared some new information with them -- but said there were no solid leads. He also told them the police department has to wait seven years to consider turning a missing-person case into a murder case.

"Seven years was a bit of a shock to me," said Foster. "That was a real kick in the nuts."

While Grant and Foster met with Molnar, Bedwell took questions from CityLife and Canadian TV newscast Global National.

Is there more the department could do in this case?

"We can't follow leads that aren't there," said Bedwell. "We believe we've talked to everyone we know of that has any information, and there's no way for us to develop new leads unless somebody comes forward. There's really nowhere else to follow up."

Grant and Foster said they've given North Las Vegas police leads the department hasn't followed up on.

"Our investigation is about Jessie's disappearance. It's not about what made her decide to come to Las Vegas, although there may be some information in there that's helpful," Bedwell said. "The reality is this is not an investigation of why Jessie became a prostitute. I know her mother would like to have that question answered; we're never going to be able to answer it for her. The investigation we're conducting is about what happened to Jessie -- and we will follow every lead that has a possibility of helping us determine that."

Are there difficulties with the case because she worked as a prostitute?

"You can't look up the references at her last job interview," Bedwell said. "You can't talk to the people she worked with, because they aren't going to come forward. People who would've come into contact with her regularly -- taxi drivers, male contacts, girlfriends -- probably worked in the same trade and are not going to come forward. There are a number of barriers to finding people who had contact with Jessie.

"I've worked at three different police departments. I've worked with a number of federal agencies. I have 32 years of public service and I can tell you this department is pursuing this case as far as it possibly can. It's not my goal to convince anyone in the family of that, because they're not going to be satisfied until we bring them their daughter."

Grant and Foster entered the room. Grant's eyes were sunken and glazed over. Foster was flushed. There was silence.

Then Foster said there are suspects in this case and the police need to go after them.

"Whether you think there's enough evidence to indict someone, under U.S. law there's not," said Bedwell. "We need more."

"Then go get more!" said Foster.

"We have enough resources to investigate cases where we know a crime occurred -- and that's about it. There are a lot of cases out there where we think crimes occurred. But if we commit our resources to those cases, we've got to pull people off cases where we know crimes were committed. While that's never going to sit well with you, it's a fact."

"I'm not asking you to arrest anyone," Foster said. "Start with a block and then put another block on top of it and another and another. It seems to me you have too many rules to operate under and the criminals have all the rights. Goddammit! Where's the case being built? Where's the net being set? How many other girls are going to disappear? How many have disappeared already?"

After the meeting, Grant and Foster drove to Todd's house -- where Jessie last lived. A lockbox hung from the doorknob. The windows were dark. The blinds down.

Foster started up the walkway, looking down at the concrete.

"I just watched my daughter walk into the house," he said in amazement. "I could see her. I could see her walking up to the doors. I could see her pulling out her key and walking in and thinking, I'm home. She felt all this was worth what she did for a living. It makes me wonder: Did I instill some sort of value in her that made her think this is what you live for, do whatever it takes to have a nice home? It makes me wonder if I instilled the right values in her. Could I have done something to prevent this?"

Another smut publication? Another club promo? Another huckster trying to sell show tickets?

That's what tourists approaching Grant and Foster, who were handing out missing-person posters in front of the Tropicana hotel-casino, seemed to be thinking. Their heads dropped. They veered out of the way. They waved them off.

"Sometimes they don't really notice me until I'm right there," said Grant, holding a stack of posters. "Sometimes they just have to hear what I'm saying before they'll stop."

Added Foster, wearing a fleece jacket: "You get everything from absolute ice-cold rudeness to genuine concern. You see the whole range. But this morning, for the first time, I actually had somebody take my arm and physically move me out of the way. He knew what we were doing, too, that we weren't selling anything or trying to give him political dogma. It was about the coldest thing I could imagine a human doing."

During their stay, Grant and Foster gave out about 300 posters and 150 cards. They hoped to draw people to the websites -- www.jessiefoster.ca and www.FindJessieFoster.com -- and get them to contribute to their fund. They also, said Grant, just wanted to keep Jessie's face out there.

"Our foster child is a runaway and is missing, too," said Roberta Haight, who lives in the Minneapolis area. "My first reaction to the poster was: Oh my God, there are so many kids in the world who are missing and what are we doing to find them? The police don't do anything about these runaways. That's the sad thing. They just say, 'Well, if they show up, they show up.'"

The engines roared. The plane jerked down the runway. The nose tilted in the air and the wheels left the ground.

Looking out the window, at the kaleidoscope of the Strip, Grant felt hollow. She and Foster had accomplished a lot in Las Vegas -- met with Mike Hope of Crime Stoppers, with Dave Molnar and Tim Bedwell of the North Las Vegas Police Department, with private investigator Mike Kirkman -- but she felt she was leaving Jessie behind.

"It's a really big gap not having her," said Grant. "The huge hole it leaves is amazing, that one little girl can leave such a big gap in so many people's lives."

At the same time, Grant was glad she was going home. She needed to see her husband, children and friends. She needed to see familiar faces. She needed to see familiar places. She needed something sure.

Grant put her head back and thought about what else she could do for Jessie: a fundraiser at a neighborhood pub, update the websites, media interviews. Next thing she knew, the plane was beginning its descent into Calgary.

Sitting next to Grant, Foster was numb. He kept thinking about the meeting with the North Las Vegas Police Department. Bedwell didn't understand what we wanted, he thought. He thought we wanted a dragnet. He thought we wanted an arrest. All we want, thought Foster, is a calculated approach. One piece of the puzzle. Then another.

"Glendene and I barely said a word to each other the whole trip back," said Foster. "We looked like two people who had gone through a battle and were sitting back reflecting on it. It's the feeling you get when you've done the best you can and you still don't come away with a win."

But the trip wasn't a total loss, Foster conceded. He got a glimpse into the life of his daughter -- maybe into the final months of her life. He walked in her footsteps. He saw where she lived. He learned more about what she did for a living. It was not how we raised her, he thought. It was not how we lived. Who is Jessie Taylor?

"But most of my thoughts were about the wolves that exist in society," said Foster. "Who don't like the light. Who don't like the attention. And how freely they roam. These days, people look to the skies for terrorists. They think evil is going to drop from the heavens."

But evil walks among us, thought Foster. It's down there beneath all those lights.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Jessie Foster, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-1773.

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Jessica Edith Louise Foster

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Hazel

Height: 5'6" - 5'7"

Weight: 110 - 120 lbs

Age at Disappearance: 21 Current Age: 22

$5,000.00 Reward for Information

Jessie has perfectly straight, white teeth. They are very noticeable with her big beautiful smile.

Jessie has no known tattoos or scars, but has a pierced right eyebrow, and she sometimes wears a dainty nose ring. She also has several piercings in her ears.

Jessie has long blonde hair. She wears it long and straight, long and curly, and she wears her hair up.

Jessie's last confirmed location was at 1009 Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas with her boyfriend Peter Todd <Peter.html>, on a telephone call to her sister.

Jessie has always kept in close contact with her friends and family and hasn't been heard from since March 28, 2006. Jessie's bank card, credit cards and cell phone have not been used.

If you have seen this person or know of her whereabouts today please contact the family or the authorities listed on the website below. More information of Jessie's Story and pictures below.

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Name: Jessica Foster

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Alias / Nickname: Jessie, Jessica Taylor
Date of Birth: 1984-05-27
Date Missing: 2006-03-28
From City/State: North Las Vegas, NV
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 21
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 66 inches
Weight: 120 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde
Hair (Other): Could be dyed brown.
Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Medium
Identifying Characteristics: Two piercings in left ear, three piercings in right ear, piercing in left nostril, piercing in right eyebrow, caps on teeth. Hair may be dyed brown or have streaks in it and worn long and straight or curly.
Jewelry: Possibly wearing small earrings or small diamond princess cut earrings, ring with round diamond and a ring with a princess cut diamond.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Jessica was last contacted by a family member via phone while at her residence in the vicinity of the 1000 block of Cornerstone Pl. in North Las Vegas, NV.
Investigative Agency: North Las Vegas Police Department
Phone: (702) 633-1773
Investigative Case #: 06-9384
NCIC #: M-535642358

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Claudene Grant (left) and daughter Crystal with a photo of Jessie Foster. The now-22-year-old daughter of Claudene and sister of Crystal disappeared in Las Vegas a year ago today. The Kamloops family refuses to relinquish its search for the girl they call “Jessie Bessie.”


By Cassidy Olivier
Staff reporter
Mar 28 2007


Glendene Grant woke up this morning and thought about her daughter, Jessie Foster.

It was a year ago today that the 21-year-old (now 22) last spoke to her family before disappearing into the hot Las Vegas air.

Her sister Crystal, the last to speak with Jessie over the phone, had been planning a trip to Las Vegas for a visit.

She could hear Jessie’s boyfriend, Peter Todd, joking in the background about how he wasn’t looking forward to having a tourist in the house.

Crystal’s last words were: “I’ll talk to you soon. I love you.”

No one has heard from Jessie since.

“The time flew by, but flew by in a bad way,” Grant says while sitting on a couch in her living room this week.

The light from a warm March sun filters through the drawn blinds and slashes streaks across her tired, kind face.

“There is kind of a sadness there all the time.”

Initially, Grant had planned on marking the anniversary of Jessie’s disappearance by flying to Nevada, something she has down twice as part of her exhaustive search to locate her beloved “Jessie Bessie.”

On second thought, she changed her mind, choosing instead to remain at home to be close to her three remaining daughters and the computer where she spends most of her time working on Jessie’s case.

Ideally, she said, she would have preferred to sleep through this day.

But, like all days since Jessie’s disappearance, there is work to be done.

There are files to be added to the 45 binders documenting Jessie’s case over the past year.

There are additional e-mails to be added to the 2,100 Grant has sent out during the same period.

Funds still need to be raised to pay for the private investigator working on the case and the reward the family has posted.

Grant says she will continue to do all of this until Jessie returns home.

“It is huge,” she says.

“It covers everything that we do.”

Despite all the work the family has done over the past year — including organizing fundraisers, hiring private investigators and taking the story to television’s prime time — nothing has been learned about Jessie’s whereabouts, although some startling discoveries have been made.

While in Las Vegas, Foster was arrested four times for prostitution, leading to speculation that her boyfriend Todd, a Jamaican national, was actually a pimp and not the race-car driver/trust-fund baby Jessie’s family had been led to believe.

The discovery, coupled with additional information dug up by the private investigator, has led Grant to believe Jessie somehow became involved in a human-trafficking ring.

The case has since been transferred from the North Las Vegas Police to the Anti-Trafficking League Against Human Slavery and the Metro Las Vegas Police Department, giving Grant some optimism there will soon be a break in the case.

Still, she hasn’t heard much in the past few weeks and the stress has taken its toll on the family.

Grant has had trouble working as her mind has been “like a sieve.”

She has found it difficult to focus.

Similarly, Crystal has found it difficult to hold down a job as her mind frequently wanders to her departed sister.

Jim Hoflan, Jessie’s father, has long since mourned his daughter as dead, and has said as much to media from his home in Calgary.

However, despite the odds, Grant remains optimistic Jessie will turn up, and refuses move on or give up her search.

Additionally, both mother and daughter plan on going back to work after the anniversary passes.

Both have jobs lined up.

Both have hope.

“I honestly feel that I still have a connection with her,” Grant says.

“A mom has a little bit more of a connection to her kids — it is not anything that is explainable.

“I think that when that [Jessie’s death] happens, something in my heart will change.

“I haven’t come to that place in my heart.”

In the meantime, it is the small things the family continues to miss as they struggle to make do, like telling Jessie about upcoming weddings and additions to the family.

There is, they say, a lot to tell her.

This week, Crystal was awarded her learner’s driver’s licence, a small victory that was made incomplete by the absence of her younger sister.

“I could just see the look on her face,” Crystal says, mimicking how Jessie’s mouth would have cracked open in shock with the news.

Pausing, she continues.

“I wish I could have called her and told her.”

For more information on the case, visit www.jessiefoster.ca.

Lauran

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Woman missing a year
UPDATED: 2007-03-28 01:25:54 MST


By SARAH KENNEDY, SUN MEDIA


Glendene Grant said she believes her missing daughter is still alive, but after a year of searching, the heart-broken mother said she needs to start living again as well.

It was a year ago today the family last heard from 21-year-old Jessie Foster, who disappeared in Las Vegas.

In that time, Grant has spoken with psychics, bounty hunters, police officers, the FBI, prostitutes and private investigators.

"It's been a year and we've been through every milestone a family can have," she said. "But now I have to start concentrating on getting well again ... I think I've been putting off getting back to my life."

A fundraiser to collect reward money for Jessie will be held at Jameson's Irish Pub on April 15.

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April 4, 2007

Whenever Glendene Grant needs to hear her daughter's voice, she goes to her laptop and calls up an audio file she made a year ago. In it is a recording taken from Jessie Foster's cellphone.

Only one word in the message is spoken by the young woman from Kamloops, who disappeared in Las Vegas on March 28, 2006, but it is all Ms. Grant has to connect her with her daughter's physical presence.

First, a messaging-service voice tells her, "You have reached the voicemail of. . . ." And she hears her girl say her name: "Jessica."

Then the messaging-service voice returns, telling her to "speak after the beep."

For weeks after Ms. Foster went missing, her mother and the rest of the family followed those instructions, leaving increasingly frantic messages that were never returned. Eventually, Ms. Grant, a 49-year-old Internet technician, decided to download her daughter's voicemail before it, too, disappeared.

"Now I only have to go over to the computer," she said. "That's when I feel obsessive, when I hear her voice two, three, four times in a row."

If Ms. Foster is still alive, she will turn 23 next month. The second oldest of four sisters, Ms. Foster, a straight-A student in high school, worked at Boston Pizza in Kamloops and later lived with her father in Calgary before starting what was supposed to be a short tour of the United States. Her mother said she had planned to go to college on her return.

Instead, she moved to Las Vegas in May, 2005, telling her family she had met a rich man, 39-year-old Peter Todd, and fallen in love.

"She told us she liked it there and wanted to stay, and that he was living off a trust fund. We had no reason not to believe her," said Ms. Grant, although she added that she was concerned her daughter would be residing in the U.S. illegally.

For 10 months, Ms. Foster would e-mail, call or text message her mother or sisters almost daily, telling them stories of the glamour of the casinos and of seeing stars like Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake sitting at the next table in restaurants.

Then, nothing.

After her daughter vanished, Ms. Grant and her former husband Dwight Foster, Ms. Foster's father, reported her missing to the North Las Vegas Police Department and the RCMP. And they hired a private detective who, after a short search, gave them the devastating news that their daughter had been known as "Taylor," and had been prostituting herself through a Las Vegas escort service.

Ms. Foster, they learned, had been arrested twice and her boyfriend was not from a rich family, but had gained his apparent wealth from unknown means. He had an ex-wife who had been arrested for prostitution herself, and Mr. Todd had been arrested for spousal abuse, the private detective said. This was confirmed by North Las Vegas police.

After Ms. Foster's disappearance, Mr. Todd was twice interviewed by police, and said she had moved out several days after her last call home, North Las Vegas police said. No evidence has been discovered to show that she had either left town or met a violent end, they said. Mr. Todd is not considered a suspect in the case, and now refuses to speak to the media.

Officer Tim Bedwell of the North Las Vegas police described the case as "the most investigated non-crime our department has ever taken on." He explained that their jurisdiction does not cover "the Strip," where the main casinos are located and where Ms. Foster worked, but the suburban outskirts of the city where she resided with Mr. Todd.

"There's been nothing new in this case for a very long time. It is fundamentally a cold case. This is a missing adult and we have no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing," he said. "It's very frustrating for her family. From a police department perspective, it is frustrating that we can't offer them any help or closure."

As the investigation continued, Ms. Grant said it became apparent to her that missing prostitutes do not warrant the same attention as other missing people in the eyes of the police and the news media. She said she has been disappointed by the Las Vegas police response, and that of the FBI, which became involved in Ms. Foster's case last August.

"You are not what you do," she said angrily. "It was like she was to blame for what happened to her."

Officer Bill Castle, spokesman for Las Vegas police's metropolitan division, which covers the casinos, said no statistics are kept on how many prostitutes go missing each year.

"It's not a statistical database we make -- based on their occupation," he said. "There is a significant number of people who go missing involuntarily because something bad has happened to those who deal in criminal activity, whether it be prostitution or drugs. That lifestyle places people in jeopardy."

The life-changing experience of having a missing child has thrust Ms. Grant into a kinship with the families of other missing people throughout North America. She stays in touch with those she has befriended, and trades information where possible. With her Internet skills, she has created an impressive website and online newsletter that she monitors daily. Her understanding employers let her work when she feels able.

When asked why she has turned the search for her daughter into a nearly full-time occupation, she broke down. Through sobs, she said: "I just can't see doing anything else for one of my babies. I brought her into this world and I'll be damned if someone's going to take her out of this world without me knowing what the h**l happened.

"I look at it this way. If it wasn't for me every day spending all my moments looking for Jessie, I can honestly believe that nothing would be done on a daily basis. I feel that in the whole world I am the only person doing something every single day for over a year."

Mr. Foster, she said, has accepted that his daughter is dead and has moved on. Ms. Grant does not feel that way.

"From the second that her death is proven, I will have the rest of my life to mourn her. I am really, really, really close with my daughters, and I just think I would feel something in the depth of my heart if she was dead. I think she is being kept against her will," she said. "I get a strong feeling that she needs to be found and rescued."
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By SUN MEDIA

Mon, May 14, 2007

EDMONTON -- A dark cloud obscured Mother's Day for Glendene Grant, who has been on a year-long search for her daughter who she says was forced into the sex trade then disappeared.

"You can imagine why today is not the best day for me," said Grant.

More than a year ago her then-21-year-old daughter Jessie Foster from Calgary went to Las Vegas, where she became a prostitute, and has not been heard from since.

Carol-Lynn Strachan has been in Edmonton's sex trade for more than 25 years, and has become driven by Foster's disappearance.

Strachan has organized a fundraising event for Friday in Edmonton. Money raised will be used to post a reward for information leading to Foster's whereabouts.

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Sex Trade Workers of Canada
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Jessica Foster
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Missing Pieces – I Have A Missing Daughter
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By Mikelle Sasakamoose
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May 16 2007

Glendene Grant is in the winter of her life.

Unlike the Greek myth describing the abduction of Persephone, goddess of harvest, and her mother Demeter’s desperate sorrow and springful rejoicing upon her return — Grant’s daughter remains trapped in a dark underworld.

Jessie Foster has been missing since spring last year, leaving her mother’s life dark, cold and barren without her beloved little girl.

The then-21-year-old, whose birthday is on May 27, was living in Las Vegas and in regular contact with her family, when phone calls home suddenly stopped, and so began the nightmare that is now their life.

For more than a year, Grant has been searching for her daughter, dismissing suggestions her second-oldest child might be dead, believing instead Jessie has been abducted and forced into the frightening arena of human trafficking.

But the fare is not light and fundraising efforts to pay for a private investigator and to build a reward fund have been ongoing, and will continue until Jessie is found.

“Jessie doesn’t deserve any less. She deserves more because she deserves to be found,” said Grant.

“We have to find Jessie.”

The most recent efforts include two Canada-wide fundraisers footed by a handful of local artisans and craftspeople.

Longtime family friend and rock hound Dennis Blais donated a Mexican crystal opal he named the Jessie Stone, to be used in a custom-made necklace designed by local goldsmith Rob Clark of R&L Jewellers.

Valued at approximately $1,200, the necklace is a work of art that Grant said it is absolutely stunning.

Blais, who is also a roofer in Kamloops, has donated a new roof to one lucky winner, including materials and labour.

The prize is transferrable and can be exchanged for cash.

And some of the most generous business owners in the city, said Grant, are donating a complete car detailing job.

Melissa and Dave Miller of MD Detailing have offered the prize valued at $400.

“It’s really a community effort,” said Grant, “and it’s so overwhelming to me.”

Award-winning stained-glass artist Rosanna McDonnell has known Grant since they were children themselves.

She wanted to help her friend in a way that would make a big difference, and offered a custom-designed stained-glass piece valued at $1,500.

Called Finding Her Way Home, the piece is profoundly personal, said Grant.

“When we look at it, we just well up in tears,” she said.

McDonnell said Jessie’s disappearance reminds her of the Persephone story, and that is what she designed the piece around, including the darkness of the woman’s absence and the light of her return.

“These girls fall in between the dark cracks and people just forget, or believe they’re dead — I never once felt this was a memorial piece,” said McDonnell.

“In my heart I feel that Jessie is very much alive. She’s just in a very dark place. She’s lost and she needs to be found.”

Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.

The draw will be held Sept. 2.

For ticket purchasing information, visit www.jessiefoster.ca or e-mail jessiesmom@jessiefoster.ca.

Cash donations can be made to the Jessica Foster In Trust account at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, transit number 00050, account 28-27412. (NOTE: Glendene here...I am making a correction to our account # on behalf of KTW. The account # is: 98 (not 28) / 98-27412)

Grant is still waiting for a Montel William Show segment on her daughter’s disappearance to air.

She and a friend will travel to Las Vegas next week to meet with authorities, local media and organizations like ATLAS, a human-trafficking task force.







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Finding Her Way Home, an original stained-glass piece by award-winning artisan Rosanna McDonnell, will be raffled off as part of a fundraiser to help find Jessie Foster, a Kamloops woman who disappeared while living in Las Vegas in March 2006.

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This is from the Montel website / guest and info for Thursday, May 24, 2007 / the show is on Human Trafficking with Jessie Foster's story included.



· Sheriff Warren Evans: The Wayne County, Michigan Police Sheriff who is working the case against the mother who allegedly attempted to sell her 7-year-old daughter for sex



· Eva: A former prostitute who began selling herself when she was just 13



· Christine: She was lured into prostitution and was kept locked in a room by a couple who sold her for sex



· Glendene: Her daughter, Jessie is currently missing and she recently learned that she may have been lured into forced prostitution



· Andre: A former pimp who now works to help young women



· Tina Frundt: The Outreach Coordinator for the Polaris Project, a leading international organization combating human trafficking




CHILDREN FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION


Many of us think of human trafficking as a human rights issue beyond our borders. But viewers will be shocked to find out that our own youth are threatened right here in our own backyards. When this story made headlines, it shocked the nation- a mother arrested for trying to sell her own 7-year-old daughter for sex. Sheriff Warren Evans, who is in charge of the undercover investigation that nabbed this mom, will share the latest details to this case. Eva was a typical suburban girl who was changed forever when she accepted a ride home from school from a stranger. Years and years passed, her into a different person. She became seduced by the business of prostitution. Find out what happens when this former prostitute returns to that city and walks the streets with our cameras where she grew up so long ago. Christine was held captive and sexually exploited for five weeks, will be here to tell Eva about how she has been affected even years later. Glendene believes her daughter Jessie, who is currently missing, was lured into prostitution. Andre, a former pimp, now works to help girls on the street. He will provide us with information about how pimps are able to lure young girls. Tina, an expert who was a victim of child trafficking herself, will tell us how large an issue this is in the U.S. What she has to say will shock you!
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Tue, May 22, 2007

Fundraiser aids search
UPDATED: 2007-05-22 01:26:29 MST


By SUN MEDIA


EDMONTON -- A fundraiser to bump up a reward for tips that help solve the mystery of a missing Calgary woman brought in $2,140 Friday, the organizer said.

Jessica Foster, 21, vanished in March 2006 after going to Las Vegas, where she wound up working as a prostitute and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized.

Carol-Lynn Strachan, who's been working in Edmonton's sex trade for 25 years and organized Friday's fundraiser at Chrome lounge, hopes the money will convince people who know where Foster is to come forward.
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2007/0...198319-sun.html

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Family offering $10,000 in missing North Las Vegas woman case

June 8, 2007 01:02 PM CDT




The family of a missing North Las Vegas woman has posted a $10,000 reward through Crime Stoppers of Nevada for information about her disappearance. Officials say 23 year old Jessie Foster hasn't been heard from since a phoning her sister March 28th.

They say she didn't indicate anything was wrong, but that she usually keeps in contact with her family in Canada.

North Las Vegas police say a missing person report was filed, but investigators found no evidence of foul play. They say the woman's boyfriend reported she left him and took her belongings.

http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=6632182&nav=15MV
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Family of Missing Woman Increases Reward

June 8, 2007 02:43 PM EDT






The family of missing Jessie Foster of North Las Vegas has increased the reward they are offering for information about her whereabouts to $10,000. They are making the offer through Crime Stoppers of Nevada for information about her disappearance.

Officials say Foster, 23, hasn't been heard from since a phoning her sister March 28.

They say she didn't indicate anything was wrong -- but that she usually keeps in contact with her family in Canada.

North Las Vegas police say a missing person report was filed, but investigators found no evidence of foul play.

The family has learned since her disappearance that Jessie was associating with people involved with illegal activities and that she herself had been arrested in Las Vegas.

They say the woman's boyfriend reported she left him and took her belongings.

If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or North Las Vegas Police department at 633-9111.

The family has created a Web site with recent information and photographs at www.findjessiefoster.com.


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'She just left'Las Vegas man puzzled about what happened to missing Calgary woman

By SARAH KENNEDY, SUN MEDIA

CALGARY -- Jessica Foster didn't seem to be in any trouble in Las Vegas before she vanished, says a man who lived with her.

James Todd said Foster had been dating his twin brother Peter and lived with them in Las Vegas before she disappeared more than a month ago.

"It's pretty sad the way she just left and no one seems to know where she went," he said. "I've been asking myself since this started, where is she? And why hasn't she contacted anyone?"

James said he hasn't heard from Jessica in more than a month and as far as he knows, neither has his brother.

While living with Todd for almost a year, Foster, 21, had daily contact with her father Dwight in Calgary and her mother Glendene Grant, who lives in Kamloops, B.C.

But communication completely stopped in late March.

Foster's phone records show she's made no calls and there's been no money taken from her bank account.

Dwight and Grant hired private eye Mike Kirkman to hunt down the missing woman in Sin City.

He discovered the disturbing news that the once straight-A student from a loving family had been working as a prostitute in Vegas and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized.

James said when he moved in with the couple in order to save money to get his own place, he had no idea what Foster did for a living.

"My assumption was that she was a stripper," he said.

"I'm shocked but this seems to be a quick way to make a buck in Vegas and I'm not going to pass judgment on what she chose to do for a living."

James said he kept to himself while living with the tumultuous couple. "Jessica and Peter had a lot of arguments and that's not the environment I want to be in," he said.

Along with Kirkman, Las Vegas police are also investigating the situation.

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21-year-old Calgary woman feared dead

UPDATED: Mon, May 22, 2006
By SHAWN LOGAN, CALGARY SUN

The father of a 21-year-old Calgary woman who became ensnared in the seedy Las Vegas underworld now believes his daughter won’t be coming home alive.

Dwight Foster said Monday his life has been a haze since all contact with his daughter Jessica was abruptly halted on March 28 and as each day goes by, his hope for a reunion fades.

“Hope is a funny thing,” said Foster, who believes the Las Vegas police department have put the case on the back burner.

“I’ve had a gut feeling from the very beginning that something was seriously wrong.”

Jessica was a straight-A student who gradually became caught up in the high stakes world of prostitution in Sin City, finally losing touch with her loving family.

Foster said answers have been few and he believes only “a miracle” will bring his daughter home safe.

Mike Kirkman, a veteran Las Vegas private investigator hired by Foster and his ex-wife Glendene Grant of Kamloops, said his experience tells him this case won’t have a happy ending.

“This is a murder case,” Kirkman said.

“There’s no question in my mind this girl is not alive.”

He said many details of the story that suggest Jessica left the home of her boyfriend with all her possessions the day she went missing don’t add up.

“My belief is that he’s been untruthful with police,” Kirkman said, adding Jessica didn’t own a car and was ill-equipped to strike out on her own.

Kirkman said he was concerned that a pair of female bodies found Saturday morning in the desert in Henderson, Nevada, southeast of Las Vegas may bring the news he had been dreading.

But Det. Dave Molnar of Las Vegas Police said an autopsy has revealed neither of the bodies is that of Jessica.

He said police continue to pursue the case but he admitted the trail is quickly becoming cold.

“We will keep it as an open case but the leads are becoming less and less,” Molnar said, adding Vegas cops have a heavy workload but they treat every missing persons case seriously.

Meanwhile, Dwight Foster continues to carry on without the answers he so desperately wants.

“There’s nothing in my life that it hasn’t touched or crept into and ruined,” he said.

“She has fallen off the face of the earth.

“It’s almost like she didn’t exist.”

http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2006/05/22/1592405.html



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Missing woman's father thankful for help

UPDATED: 2006-06-25

Still holding out hope his missing daughter can be found, a Calgary man says he and his family have been overwhelmed by this community's support.

Dwight Foster, whose 21-year-old daughter Jessie got drawn into the Las Vegas sex trade and was last seen March 28, said he's been able to raise close to $3,000 over the past few months to pay a Nevada-based private investigator working on the search.

And the family is hoping that kind of giving continues during a two-day fundraiser, which wraps up today.

"That's just the generosity of Calgary coming out -- it's just amazing," Foster said, adding by noon yesterday the bake sale and silent auction had raised about $200.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, at 10431 Wapiti Dr. S.E.

Items up for sale in the silent auction include an autographed Jarome Iginla jersey and a Total Gym home-fitness system.

Foster said he'll be happy if they can match the $700 raised at a similar fundraiser last week.

"About 20 percent of that was money from people who'd read the poster about Jessie and felt compelled just to give us a donation," he said.

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FBI looks into disappearance

UPDATED: 2006-08-11 01:55:08 MST

By SARAH KENNEDY, CALGARY SUN

The FBI is now involved in the case of a young Calgary woman who mysteriously vanished in Sin City. Jessica Foster, 21, disappeared in March after travelling to Las Vegas, allegedly in search of adventure. FBI agent Robert Guerra said federal investigators have spoken with Jessica's mother Glendene Grant and are in the process of writing a report.

Although there is no guarantee they will be investigating the case, an agent will determine whether it falls within FBI jurisdiction, he said.

Having the FBI even consider the case brings relief to Grant, who says her life has been placed on painful hold as she waits desperately to hear any word from her missing daughter.

It was more than a year ago when Jessica told her parents she was travelling to the U.S. with a girlfriend.

Following a year of regular communication with Jessica by phone and e-mail, Glendene and her ex-husband Dwight Foster say all communication abruptly stopped in March.


With Vegas police providing little assistance, Jessica's parents hired a private investigator who found out the young woman, once a straight-A student, had been working as a prostitute and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized.

Pieces of the puzzle have slowly filtered through to Grant and Dwight, including the fact Jessica didn't travel to the U.S. with a girlfriend, but rather, a man she met at a reggae party who promised to pay for her trip.

FBI spokesman David Staretz said they usually get involved in cases where it's believed a person was carried from one state to another against their will for the purposes of having sex.

Their assistance can also be requested when a case has international ramifications, he said.

Despite the family's private eye warning the chances are grim of Jessica still being alive, Glendene's holding out hope.

"I don't think she's dead, I think she's being held somewhere against her will."
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Searching for the Missing Jessie Foster

BY MATT O'BRIEN

As the plane took off and banked to the south, the United States spread out before Glendene Grant. The Rocky Mountains of Montana. The Snake River and Yellowstone National Park in Idaho and Wyoming. The Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch Range and Bryce Canyon in Utah.

From her window seat, Grant looked down on it all -- a sheet of darkness -- and thought one thing: Where's Jessie?

Everyone and everything on the flight reminded her of Jessie. The man sitting next to her, whom she handed a card with Jessie's photo on it. The TV screen in the seat back, which aired footage of the recovery of two kidnapped boys in Kirkwood, Mo. Her carry-on bag, which contained a laptop, newspaper clippings and missing-person posters.

The plane began its descent into Las Vegas -- the bed of lights, the Monopoly houses, the neon river of the Strip.

Is Jessie beneath those lights, Grant wondered? Is she somewhere in the city? Is she alive? Is she dead?

As the plane taxied to the gate, a flight attendant announced a birthday and the passengers sang "Happy Birthday." Grant cringed. Jessie was missing on her own birthday. And on Mother's Day. And on Christmas.

So many days in a year. So many reminders.

"They come to Las Vegas to drink and gamble and have fun, and it kind of bothered me that they just assumed everybody else on the plane was there to have fun," said Grant. "I felt like standing up and saying, 'Excuse me, but I'm not really here to have fun.' I felt like saying, 'After singing 'Happy Birthday,' let's say a prayer for my daughter.'"

Added Jessie's father, Dwight Foster, who flew into Las Vegas a few days after Grant: "I saw how spread out the city was and how bright it was and the glitz and the glamour. Of course, the passengers flying in are very excited. Everyone on the plane was going there to have fun and make lots of money. I'm sitting there and all I'm feeling is apprehension and dread and hopelessness. Las Vegas just represents a totally different head space for me."

Grant didn't stand up and say anything to the passengers. She doesn't want to be too cynical, she said. She's just sad. Really sad.

She picked up her bag, shuffled off the plane and made her way through McCarran International Airport.

"I wish I thought that I was coming here to find Jessie," she said, her voice breaking. "But I know I'm not going to go home with her. I know that. Basically, I'm just here to remind people that she's missing and to let more people know she's missing. I just want to bring her picture to light. I just want to try to get some media attention and let the police know we're not giving up. We're not going to quit phoning them. We're not going to quit e-mailing them. We want some answers."

Jessica Edith Louise Foster was born on May 27, 1984, in Calgary, Alberta. She grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia, a city of about 90,000 people.

When she was 16 years old, Jessie moved to Calgary to live with her father -- who'd separated from her mother when Jessie was 1 1/2. She graduated from John G. Diefenbaker High School in 2002.

"I missed most of her formative years," said Foster, an occupational health and safety officer with the government of Alberta. "I missed her elementary school years. I missed her junior high school years. So when she moved to Calgary and I was able to sit down with her and help her with her homework that really helped us bond. We were very close."

In February 2005, Jessie moved back to Kamloops. A few months later, she traveled the United States -- Miami, New York City and Atlantic City -- with a friend. She ended up in Las Vegas in May of that year and decided to stay.

"I didn't like that she moved here," said Grant. "I even said to her, 'You're not moving to Las Vegas without me having the contact information for somebody else living there.' I literally said to her, 'What if something happens to you? What if you go missing and I don't know who to call?'"

Added Foster, "It was doomed from the beginning. First of all, she was an illegal alien. She was just visiting the United States. Then, shortly after moving here, she met this guy. She was talking about a long-term relationship with him, but she wasn't an American citizen. She wasn't going to be able to live down here with him.

"She didn't think any of this through. How was she expecting this to succeed?"

The "guy" was North Las Vegas resident Peter Todd. Jessie moved in with Todd shortly after she arrived in Las Vegas, said her mother and father.

In November 2005, Jessie flew home to Kamloops to visit. She also visited Calgary. On Christmas Day, the family drove her to the airport, where she caught the 3 p.m. flight back to Las Vegas.

"If I'd felt I had the right to," said Grant, "I would've stopped her from leaving. But she was 21 years old, so I couldn't tell her: 'You have to stay home. You can't go back there.' She was an adult and had been for three years."

It was the last time the family has seen Jessie.

On March 28, her older sister Crystal talked to her on the phone. No one in the family has talked to her since. Her cell phone hasn't been used. Her credit cards haven't been used. She hasn't made any transactions at the bank.

"I knew right away that something was wrong," said Foster. "There was no doubt in my mind. This was not something Jessie had ever done before. She always kept in touch with her family. I broke down, because I knew this was serious."

Finally, on April 9, Grant got in touch with Peter Todd. He told her Jessie had left him in early April and he hadn't seen or heard from her since. Grant called the North Las Vegas Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and reported Jessie missing.

According to a North Las Vegas Police Department report, an officer went to Todd's house that day and asked him about Jessie. Todd told the officer Jessie had moved out on April 2. He also allowed the officer to look around the home.

About a week later, Todd and his ex-wife were questioned at the police department.

"When you're a detective and you interview people, you oftentimes might have a suspicion about this or that," said Tim Bedwell, a public information officer with the North Las Vegas Police Department. "The problem is, the law doesn't allow you to use mere suspicion to arrest people, to get a search warrant and things like that. I'm certainly not prepared to sit here and say there aren't things about this case that are suspicious, but we have to be cautious about what we say. The truth is we don't know what happened to Jessie. We can't even develop any sort of estimation."

CityLife was unable to reach Todd for comment. In police reports and newspaper stories, he has said he had nothing to do with Jessie's disappearance.

In mid-April, Grant and Foster hired private investigator Mike Kirkman. Kirkman found out Jessie had been arrested multiple times for prostitution, under the name Jessie Taylor. He also said Todd's ex-wife had been arrested for prostitution.

"It shocked me," said Grant. "But then I got over the shock and realized it doesn't really matter what Jessie was doing down here. She was missing and we needed to find her. I don't give a crap what anyone does for a living. They're still human. And I especially wasn't going to judge one of my kids."

Added Foster, "It sounds to me like there's irrefutable evidence that my daughter sold her body for money. I don't care what you call it. I hate the word 'prostitute.' I hate the word 'hooker.' Those things disgust me when I think of them, because that's what my daughter was. That, in itself, is so devastating."

Kirkman also told Grant and Foster he thought their daughter was dead.

Despite shocking revelations and theories, there was little physical evidence in Jessie's disappearance. The North Las Vegas Police Department closed the case pending further information. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Kamloops Police Department and the Canadian consulate never got involved, said Grant and Foster.

"And that's where the case has been ever since," said Grant. "The only people who have done any further investigation are Mike Kirkman and the family. It's very frustrating."

Said Foster, "The North Las Vegas Police Department doesn't even exist in my mind. They've done absolutely nothing. They've done nothing but open a case file. They've disillusioned us and given us great concern about whether any investigation is going to be initiated. They told us right away that they don't have the resources for this kind of case and Metro usually handles these cases and, well, Jessie lived in North Las Vegas. Sorry, but we have to take the case and we're just not set up for this kind of thing.

"Basically they said, 'It's our responsibility, but we can't do anything about it.'"

Jessie's disappearance has affected her family profoundly. Grant said she is a different person now. She doesn't even recognize herself. She was always the loudest, most boisterous person in the room. The one who had everyone laughing. Very outgoing. Now she doesn't even like to leave the house. She's withdrawn. Nothing is fun anymore, she said, now that Jessie's not around.

At one point, Grant was neglecting her three other children. Then Crystal told her not to forget about them. We need you, too, she said. And you need us.

"It wasn't a matter of not considering them or forgetting about them," said Grant, an Internet technician. "It's just that they were there. They were in front of me. They were in my house. They were all taken care of and I knew where they were, so all of my energy was focused on Jessie."

It's tough for Foster to describe what a father feels when his daughter disappears without a trace. He can only say he hasn't worked in 10 months. He doesn't do the things he used to like to do. When he tries to do them, he just goes through the motions. There's no passion. There's no energy. He's numb.

"You go through a period of deep, profound despair," said Foster, "and you live with a lump in your throat and you feel like your chest is going to explode and you feel like you're losing grasp of reality. It affected me in ways I never thought possible."

Time passes unnoticed, he said. The months of April, May and June felt like a week. They vanished, along with the good memories, which were replaced by total darkness. Without the e-mails he sent during those months, he wouldn't even have proof he was alive.

Then time slowed down, said Foster. To normal. Then to a crawl. The months of August, September and October felt like an eternity.

Jessie's disappearance gutted him, said Foster. It ripped him open. He bled.

And he will continue to bleed until she's found.

"All along, I hoped the system would work for us," said Foster. "I had faith that once people realized this is serious, this isn't some runaway taking off for a couple weeks, they would do something about it. But they haven't. I was filled with a sense of desperation. I realized that it was coming up on a year since my daughter had disappeared, and regardless of all the attempts I'd made to get my consulate and the local authorities to do something, they weren't taking us seriously. It wasn't changing anything. I felt like I had to be a physical presence down here for something to happen.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I had to take a shot at it."

January 17. 1:45 p.m. Grant and Foster sat in a sterile conference room, their reflections showing on the tabletop. Grant's left arm was wedged between the table and her chin. Foster's arms were folded. Mike Hope, director of Crime Stoppers of Nevada, looked at them blankly.

The small talk had ended. The details of Jessie's disappearance had been reviewed and analyzed. (Grant and Foster added that they thought the "friend" Jessie traveled to the United States with was actually a pimp.) The role of Crime Stoppers -- to generate tips and try to publicize them -- had been defined. The conversation turned to the reward, set at $5,000, and the possibility of the family increasing it.

"At what stage does a reward start to make a difference?" Foster asked Hope.

"It just depends," said Hope methodically. "We had a homicide a year ago where $100,000 brought in a lot of tips. Other times, you get tips for much less than that. There's no magic number. It's just whatever will make someone say, 'That's worth it to me to come forward.' What that number is, I really don't now."

"What do you see as our next move," continued Foster, "besides upping the reward?"

"That's about all you can do, as far as Crime Stoppers is concerned. You want to keep the media interested in the story and see if you can entice someone to come forward. There are a couple of advertising things I'm going to look into. I can't promise you anything, but I'll talk to some people about billboards and that kind of thing." Hope, who has two daughters, said he understood how they felt.

Foster leaned forward, placed his elbows on the table and locked his fingers.

"If we up the reward to $10,000, what will Crime Stoppers do?" he asked. "Another press release? TV? Newspapers?"

"What I do is type up the press release," said Hope, who has worked for Metro (with which Crime Stoppers is affiliated) for 27 years. "It goes through our public information office. They send it to the newspapers and television stations, but it's up to them whether they broadcast it or not. We don't have any control over that. They may pick it up, they may not. Hopefully it's a slow news day. If there's something big going on, it may get pushed to the bottom of the pile."

After meeting with Grant and Foster, Hope said that all Crime Stoppers -- which received more than 1,000 phone calls in December -- could do was try to spread the word that Jessie's still missing.

"I had back surgery a few years ago," said Hope. "I wanted the doctor to tell me everything's going to be all right, but he wouldn't. All he would say was, 'I'll do the best I can.' It's kind of the same thing here. You don't want to tell people everything's going to be all right, in case it isn't."

The following afternoon, Grant and Foster went to the North Las Vegas Police Department. They met with Detective Dave Molnar, who was assigned Jessie's case. Molnar, said Grant and Foster, shared some new information with them -- but said there were no solid leads. He also told them the police department has to wait seven years to consider turning a missing-person case into a murder case.

"Seven years was a bit of a shock to me," said Foster. "That was a real kick in the nuts."

While Grant and Foster met with Molnar, Bedwell took questions from CityLife and Canadian TV newscast Global National.

Is there more the department could do in this case?

"We can't follow leads that aren't there," said Bedwell. "We believe we've talked to everyone we know of that has any information, and there's no way for us to develop new leads unless somebody comes forward. There's really nowhere else to follow up."

Grant and Foster said they've given North Las Vegas police leads the department hasn't followed up on.

"Our investigation is about Jessie's disappearance. It's not about what made her decide to come to Las Vegas, although there may be some information in there that's helpful," Bedwell said. "The reality is this is not an investigation of why Jessie became a prostitute. I know her mother would like to have that question answered; we're never going to be able to answer it for her. The investigation we're conducting is about what happened to Jessie -- and we will follow every lead that has a possibility of helping us determine that."

Are there difficulties with the case because she worked as a prostitute?

"You can't look up the references at her last job interview," Bedwell said. "You can't talk to the people she worked with, because they aren't going to come forward. People who would've come into contact with her regularly -- taxi drivers, male contacts, girlfriends -- probably worked in the same trade and are not going to come forward. There are a number of barriers to finding people who had contact with Jessie.

"I've worked at three different police departments. I've worked with a number of federal agencies. I have 32 years of public service and I can tell you this department is pursuing this case as far as it possibly can. It's not my goal to convince anyone in the family of that, because they're not going to be satisfied until we bring them their daughter."

Grant and Foster entered the room. Grant's eyes were sunken and glazed over. Foster was flushed. There was silence.

Then Foster said there are suspects in this case and the police need to go after them.

"Whether you think there's enough evidence to indict someone, under U.S. law there's not," said Bedwell. "We need more."

"Then go get more!" said Foster.

"We have enough resources to investigate cases where we know a crime occurred -- and that's about it. There are a lot of cases out there where we think crimes occurred. But if we commit our resources to those cases, we've got to pull people off cases where we know crimes were committed. While that's never going to sit well with you, it's a fact."

"I'm not asking you to arrest anyone," Foster said. "Start with a block and then put another block on top of it and another and another. It seems to me you have too many rules to operate under and the criminals have all the rights. Goddammit! Where's the case being built? Where's the net being set? How many other girls are going to disappear? How many have disappeared already?"

After the meeting, Grant and Foster drove to Todd's house -- where Jessie last lived. A lockbox hung from the doorknob. The windows were dark. The blinds down.

Foster started up the walkway, looking down at the concrete.

"I just watched my daughter walk into the house," he said in amazement. "I could see her. I could see her walking up to the doors. I could see her pulling out her key and walking in and thinking, I'm home. She felt all this was worth what she did for a living. It makes me wonder: Did I instill some sort of value in her that made her think this is what you live for, do whatever it takes to have a nice home? It makes me wonder if I instilled the right values in her. Could I have done something to prevent this?"

Another smut publication? Another club promo? Another huckster trying to sell show tickets?

That's what tourists approaching Grant and Foster, who were handing out missing-person posters in front of the Tropicana hotel-casino, seemed to be thinking. Their heads dropped. They veered out of the way. They waved them off.

"Sometimes they don't really notice me until I'm right there," said Grant, holding a stack of posters. "Sometimes they just have to hear what I'm saying before they'll stop."

Added Foster, wearing a fleece jacket: "You get everything from absolute ice-cold rudeness to genuine concern. You see the whole range. But this morning, for the first time, I actually had somebody take my arm and physically move me out of the way. He knew what we were doing, too, that we weren't selling anything or trying to give him political dogma. It was about the coldest thing I could imagine a human doing."

During their stay, Grant and Foster gave out about 300 posters and 150 cards. They hoped to draw people to the websites -- www.jessiefoster.ca and www.FindJessieFoster.com -- and get them to contribute to their fund. They also, said Grant, just wanted to keep Jessie's face out there.

"Our foster child is a runaway and is missing, too," said Roberta Haight, who lives in the Minneapolis area. "My first reaction to the poster was: Oh my God, there are so many kids in the world who are missing and what are we doing to find them? The police don't do anything about these runaways. That's the sad thing. They just say, 'Well, if they show up, they show up.'"

The engines roared. The plane jerked down the runway. The nose tilted in the air and the wheels left the ground.

Looking out the window, at the kaleidoscope of the Strip, Grant felt hollow. She and Foster had accomplished a lot in Las Vegas -- met with Mike Hope of Crime Stoppers, with Dave Molnar and Tim Bedwell of the North Las Vegas Police Department, with private investigator Mike Kirkman -- but she felt she was leaving Jessie behind.

"It's a really big gap not having her," said Grant. "The huge hole it leaves is amazing, that one little girl can leave such a big gap in so many people's lives."

At the same time, Grant was glad she was going home. She needed to see her husband, children and friends. She needed to see familiar faces. She needed to see familiar places. She needed something sure.

Grant put her head back and thought about what else she could do for Jessie: a fundraiser at a neighborhood pub, update the websites, media interviews. Next thing she knew, the plane was beginning its descent into Calgary.

Sitting next to Grant, Foster was numb. He kept thinking about the meeting with the North Las Vegas Police Department. Bedwell didn't understand what we wanted, he thought. He thought we wanted a dragnet. He thought we wanted an arrest. All we want, thought Foster, is a calculated approach. One piece of the puzzle. Then another.

"Glendene and I barely said a word to each other the whole trip back," said Foster. "We looked like two people who had gone through a battle and were sitting back reflecting on it. It's the feeling you get when you've done the best you can and you still don't come away with a win."

But the trip wasn't a total loss, Foster conceded. He got a glimpse into the life of his daughter -- maybe into the final months of her life. He walked in her footsteps. He saw where she lived. He learned more about what she did for a living. It was not how we raised her, he thought. It was not how we lived. Who is Jessie Taylor?

"But most of my thoughts were about the wolves that exist in society," said Foster. "Who don't like the light. Who don't like the attention. And how freely they roam. These days, people look to the skies for terrorists. They think evil is going to drop from the heavens."

But evil walks among us, thought Foster. It's down there beneath all those lights.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Jessie Foster, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-1773.



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Woman missing a year after Las Vegas trip

By SARAH KENNEDY, SUN MEDIA

CALGARY (Sun Media) - Glendene Grant said she believes her missing daughter is still alive, but after a year of searching, the heart-broken mother said she needs to start living again as well.

It was a year ago today the family last heard from 21-year-old Jessie Foster, who disappeared in Las Vegas.

In that time, Grant has spoken with psychics, bounty hunters, police officers, the FBI, prostitutes and private investigators.

"It's been a year and we've been through every milestone a family can have," she said. "But now I have to start concentrating on getting well again ... I think I've been putting off getting back to my life."

A fundraiser to collect reward money for Jessie will be held at Jameson's Irish Pub on April 15.

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Jessica Edith Louise Foster

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: March 28, 2006 from North Las Vegas, Nevada
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: May 27, 1984
Age: 21 years old
Height and Weight: 5'6, 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Foster's hair may be dyed brown and may have streaks in it. Her right eyebrow and left nostril are pierced, her left ear is pierced twice, and her right ear is pierced three times. She has caps on her teeth, which are straight. Foster's nickname is Jessie and she may use the last name Taylor.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: Possibly small earrings which may have princess-cut diamonds, a ring with a round diamond, and a ring with a princess-cut diamond.
Medical Conditions: Foster may have been taking prescription pain medication at the time of her disappearance, as she had recently had a wisdom tooth extracted.

Details of Disappearance

Foster was last contacted by a family member by telephone while at her residence in the vicinity of the 1000 block of Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas, Nevada on March 28, 2006. Her live-in boyfriend, Peter Todd stated she left him on April 3 and took all of her belongings with the exception of her makeup and hair dryer. Foster's loved ones stated it would be uncharacteristic of her to leave those items behind.

Authorities believe Foster was working as a prostitute at the time of her disappearance; she was convicted of prostitution multiple times in Las Vegas. Her family had been unaware of this aspect of her lifestyle until after she disappeared. Foster's loved ones stated Todd beat her and threatened her life. He maintains his innocence in her disappearance and stated he never abused her. Just prior to her disappearance, Foster told her sister she planned to leave Todd.

Foster is originally from Canada and her family still lives there. She was living in the United States illegally in 2006. She kept in daily contact with her relatives at home, but they have not heard from her since her disappearance. She had planned to attend her stepsister's wedding reception in late April 2006, but never showed up. She has also not used her credit cards, bank account or cellular phone since March 28. Her loved ones fear for her safety. Both American and Canadian police are investigating her case.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
North Las Vegas Police Department
702-633-1773
OR
Kamloops, British Columbia Police Department
250-828-3293

Source Information
The National Center For Missing Adults
Missing Person: Jessica Edith Louise Foster
Jessie Foster: Missing Person Alert
Las Vegas CityLife

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She vanished a year ago today

By Cassidy Olivier
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Mar 28 2007

Glendene Grant woke up this morning and thought about her daughter, Jessie Foster.

It was a year ago today that the 21-year-old (now 22) last spoke to her family before disappearing into the hot Las Vegas air.

Her sister Crystal, the last to speak with Jessie over the phone, had been planning a trip to Las Vegas for a visit.

She could hear Jessie’s boyfriend, Peter Todd, joking in the background about how he wasn’t looking forward to having a tourist in the house.

Crystal’s last words were: “I’ll talk to you soon. I love you.”

No one has heard from Jessie since.

“The time flew by, but flew by in a bad way,” Grant says while sitting on a couch in her living room this week.

The light from a warm March sun filters through the drawn blinds and slashes streaks across her tired, kind face.

“There is kind of a sadness there all the time.”

Initially, Grant had planned on marking the anniversary of Jessie’s disappearance by flying to Nevada, something she has down twice as part of her exhaustive search to locate her beloved “Jessie Bessie.”

On second thought, she changed her mind, choosing instead to remain at home to be close to her three remaining daughters and the computer where she spends most of her time working on Jessie’s case.

Ideally, she said, she would have preferred to sleep through this day.

But, like all days since Jessie’s disappearance, there is work to be done.

There are files to be added to the 45 binders documenting Jessie’s case over the past year.

There are additional e-mails to be added to the 2,100 Grant has sent out during the same period.

Funds still need to be raised to pay for the private investigator working on the case and the reward the family has posted.

Grant says she will continue to do all of this until Jessie returns home.

“It is huge,” she says.

“It covers everything that we do.”

Despite all the work the family has done over the past year — including organizing fundraisers, hiring private investigators and taking the story to television’s prime time — nothing has been learned about Jessie’s whereabouts, although some startling discoveries have been made.

While in Las Vegas, Foster was arrested four times for prostitution, leading to speculation that her boyfriend Todd, a Jamaican national, was actually a pimp and not the race-car driver/trust-fund baby Jessie’s family had been led to believe.

The discovery, coupled with additional information dug up by the private investigator, has led Grant to believe Jessie somehow became involved in a human-trafficking ring.

The case has since been transferred from the North Las Vegas Police to the Anti-Trafficking League Against Human Slavery and the Metro Las Vegas Police Department, giving Grant some optimism there will soon be a break in the case.

Still, she hasn’t heard much in the past few weeks and the stress has taken its toll on the family.

Grant has had trouble working as her mind has been “like a sieve.”

She has found it difficult to focus.

Similarly, Crystal has found it difficult to hold down a job as her mind frequently wanders to her departed sister.

Jim Hoflan, Jessie’s father, has long since mourned his daughter as dead, and has said as much to media from his home in Calgary.

However, despite the odds, Grant remains optimistic Jessie will turn up, and refuses move on or give up her search.

Additionally, both mother and daughter plan on going back to work after the anniversary passes.

Both have jobs lined up.

Both have hope.

“I honestly feel that I still have a connection with her,” Grant says.

“A mom has a little bit more of a connection to her kids — it is not anything that is explainable.

“I think that when that [Jessie’s death] happens, something in my heart will change.

“I haven’t come to that place in my heart.”

In the meantime, it is the small things the family continues to miss as they struggle to make do, like telling Jessie about upcoming weddings and additions to the family.

There is, they say, a lot to tell her.

This week, Crystal was awarded her learner’s driver’s licence, a small victory that was made incomplete by the absence of her younger sister.

“I could just see the look on her face,” Crystal says, mimicking how Jessie’s mouth would have cracked open in shock with the news.

Pausing, she continues.

“I wish I could have called her and told her.”
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Mom won't give up hope for daughter

By SUN MEDIA

CALGARY -- A year after a young Calgary woman mysteriously vanished in Sin City, her mother is hoping that spotlighting the disappearance on a U.S. talk show will bring her daughter home.

Glendene Grant is flying to New York City on Tuesday to tape an episode of the Montel Williams Show about women who get lured into the sex trade and wind up missing.

Jessica Foster, 21, disappeared in March 2006 after travelling to Las Vegas, where she wound up working as a prostitute and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized.

Grant yesterday said her daughter's case needs major television exposure to be solved, pointing to the media frenzy surrounding the disappearances of Laci Peterson and Elizabeth Smart.

"I need Jessie to be that recognized, I don't believe she deserves any less," she said, adding the episode is expected to air in a few weeks.

"I still think she's alive and I think she's out there and needs to be found."

Frustrated with the authorities, Grant and ex-husband Dwight Foster hired a private investigator who found out the young woman, once a straight-A student, had travelled to the U.S. with a man she met at a reggae party who promised to pay for her trip.

Meanwhile, family and friends in Calgary are hosting a fundraiser tonight to collect donations for the family's ongoing investigation.

Foster said the money will help offset the cost of the private investigator and be used as a reward for information to encourage people to open up about his daughter's disappearance.

"We've tried appealing from a moral perspective ... and it just seems to me that you're going to have to dangle a carrot for certain people to come forward," he said about those who work in Las Vegas' seedy underbelly.

"It's the dark side of humanity that we're appealing to - money motivates these people," Foster said.


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Montel to air tragic story

UPDATED: 2007-04-15 01:58:09 MST
By TARINA WHITE, SUN MEDIA

A year after a young Calgary woman vanished in Sin City, her mother is hoping spotlighting the disappearance on a U.S. talk show will bring her daughter home.

Glendene Grant is flying to New York City on Tuesday to tape an episode of The Montel Williams Show about women who get lured into the sex trade and wind up missing.

Jessica Foster, 21, disappeared in March 2006 after travelling to Las Vegas, where she wound up working as a prostitute and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized.

Grant yesterday said her daughter's case needs major TV exposure to be solved, pointing to the media frenzy surrounding the disappearances of Laci Peterson and Elizabeth Smart.

"I need Jessie to be that recognized, I don't believe she deserves any less," she said, adding the episode is expected to air in a few weeks. "I still think she's alive and I think she's out there and needs to be found."

Family and friends in Calgary are hosting a fundraiser tonight to collect donations for the family's ongoing investigation.

The silent auction fundraiser will be held at Jameson's Irish Pub, 3575 20 Ave. N.E., at 6 p.m. Call 282-2979 for information.



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Mom of missing daughter denied U.S. entry

Lena Sin, CanWest News Service
Published: Sunday, June 03, 2007

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Glendene Grant should have been in Las Vegas last week meeting with investigators about her missing daughter, 23, who she fears fell prey to human traffickers.

Instead, she's at home in Kamloops, B.C., after being denied entry to the U.S. over a 21-year-old drug conviction.

"I have to get back down there," Grant said through tears.

Since Grant's daughter, Jessie Foster, went missing in Las Vegas more than a year ago, Grant has made three trips to the city to search for her daughter, who reportedly worked for an escort agency.

Grant never had any problems until last Tuesday, when U.S. customs officers at Vancouver International Airport barred her entry over a 1986 conviction for possession of marijuana and cocaine.

Grant said she wasn't a user, and the drugs belonged to a visiting friend. She said she was convicted after police came looking for her friend and found drugs in his belongings inside her home.

The 49-year-old mother pleaded with officials to allow her into the U.S., explaining that she had meetings scheduled with police -- including an event arranged by CrimeStoppers to speak to local media about her missing daughter.



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Hunt for daughter blocked at border
Mother's trip stopped over old conviction

Lena Sin, The Province
Published: Sunday, June 03, 2007

Glendene Grant should have been in Las Vegas last week, meeting with investigators about her missing daughter, whom she fears fell prey to human traffickers.

Instead, she's at home in Kamloops after being denied entry to the U.S. over a 21-year-old drug conviction.

"I haven't unpacked my bags. I have to get back down there," Grant said through tears on Friday.

Since Grant's daughter, Jessie Foster, went missing in Las Vegas more than a year ago, the Kamloops mother has made three trips to the city to search for her daughter.

Grant never had any problems until Tuesday, when U.S. customs officers at Vancouver airport barred her entry over a 1986 conviction for possession of marijuana and cocaine.

Grant said she wasn't a user, and the drugs belonged to a visiting friend. She said she was convicted after police came looking for her friend and found drugs in his belongings inside her home.

Tuesday, the 49-year-old mother pleaded with officials to allow her into the U.S., explaining that she had meetings scheduled with police, including an event arranged by CrimeStoppers to speak to local media about her missing daughter.

Grant says she spoke with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Chief Patricia Lundy, to no avail.

She says Lundy told her that her daughter went to Las Vegas by choice, and that when Grant asked to file a complaint about being barred, she was told to leave the building.

When she insisted on filing a complaint, Lundy called the RCMP, she says. Before she left the airport, she says, another U.S. customs officer told her she was being denied entry because she was going to the U.S. to work.

Lundy did not return a call from The Province.

Cherise Miles, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman in Chicago, said she was looking into the case but still had no answers by deadline. Miles confirmed that a criminal conviction -- no matter how old -- is grounds to bar entry.

But she said that Grant's case sounded more complex, considering she'd been travelling to the U.S. without problems in recent months.

Grant says she has been told her only hope is to apply for a waiver -- a time-consuming process that would cost a minimum of hundreds of dollars and require a letter from the RCMP about her criminal background and submission of her fingerprints.

Foster has been missing since March 28, 2006.

The 23-year-old former Boston Pizza waitress arrived in Las Vegas in May 2005 after travelling with a friend. She phoned home to say she liked the city and was staying.

It wasn't long before Foster also told her family she'd fallen in love with a rich man, 39-year-old Peter Todd, and was moving in with him.

Grant said she only discovered her daughter had been working as a prostitute for an escort agency after she went missing.

Todd has been interviewed twice by North Las Vegas police. He denies any knowledge of Foster's disappearance, Grant said.

After North Las Vegas police declared the case cold, a U.S. reporter called Grant and suggested she get in contact with the newly-formed Anti-Trafficking League Against Slavery, which came into full operation in February.

ATLAS investigators are now looking into the case to see if they can take it over.

Terri Miller, ATLAS program director, said she suspects Foster was sold as a sex slave because the case has "many human-trafficking indicators."


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More Border Blues--Canadian Mom Searching for Missing Daughter Denied Entry

Article Posted in Chronicle Blog by Phillip Smith on Tue, 06/05/2007 - 3:48pm

Just two weeks ago, in an article titled Border Blues, we wrote about how both the Canadian and the US governments can and do deny entry to people who admit to past drug use or have a drug conviction. Last week, a particularly egregious example of the abuse of this provision occurred.

In a sad tale first picked up by the Vancouver daily the Province, "Mother's Hunt for Missing Daughter Blocked at Border", Kamloops, BC, mother Glendene Grant related how she was turned away from the US as she headed for Las Vegas to search for her young adult daughter, Jessie Foster, who went missing a little more than a year ago.

Although Grant had made several previous trips to Las Vegas in an effort to find her daughter and even though she was scheduled to meet local law enforcement and appear at a Crimestoppers event about Jessie's disappearance, she was turned away a week ago today. Why? The 49-year-old mother was arrested in 1986 on marijuana and cocaine possession charges.

We are looking into this. Right now, I have emailed Ms. Grant to set up an interview, and I have calls in to US Customs and Border Protection and an anti-human trafficking unit in the Las Vegas Police Department. There is apparently some suspicion that Jessie Foster was the victim of sex slavers.

But who cares about that, right? Customs and Border Protection appears more interested in protecting us from a harmless woman who got busted on penny ante drug possession charges more than two decades ago than helping her spur an investigation with possible international implications.

My understanding that the decision to deny entry to people with old drug convictions is not mandatory (I'll be checking with CBP on this) but discretionary. In the case of Glendene Grant, the denial of entry looks to be an abuse of discretion, not to mention just downright mean, inhumane, and cold-hearted. Is there more to the story? Stay tuned.


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Past conviction halts search
UPDATED: 2007-06-10 01:40:23 MST

U.S. security guards stop mother from looking for daughter in Las Vegas

By SARAH KENNEDY, SUN MEDIA


Having her daughter vanish into the underworld of Las Vegas was horrifying for one mother, but being told she can no longer go and look for her is almost too much to bear.

After searching 14 months for her daughter Jessie Foster, Glendene Grant was turned away at the Vancouver airport May 20 by U.S. border security officers for a minor criminal conviction, stemming from 20 years ago.

"I told them I'm not going to Vegas for a holiday -- I'm going because my daughter is missing," she said.

Grant, who has been the No. 1 investigator in the disappearance of her 22-year-old daughter -- who moved to Vegas almost two years ago but got involved in the sex trade -- has twice gone to the city to meet with investigators and U.S. media.

Jessie had daily contact with her family until 14 months ago when all communication stopped.

It's because of her previous clearances that Grant, who has a minor drug conviction from 1986, is suspicious of suddenly being denied access to the U.S.

Grant believes her daughter was a victim of human trafficking.


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Feature: Canadian Mom Searching for Missing Daughter Denied Entry to US Over 21-Year-Old Drug Conviction
Printer Friendly Version Email this Articlefrom Drug War Chronicle, Issue #489, 6/8/07
Glendene Grant, a 49-year-old resident of Kamloops, British Columbia, never had any interest in visiting the United States. That changed a little more than a year ago, when her daughter, then 21-year-old Jessie Foster went missing in Las Vegas in March 2006. Since then, she has made three trips to the US to talk with investigators and publicize her daughter's case on TV talk shows.

Jessie Foster traveled to Las Vegas in 2005, and became a prostitute working for an escort service -- a fact her mother did not know until she began investigating her disappearance. For more than a year, there has been no sign of her. Her case had been declared "cold" by the North Las Vegas Police Department, but on the suggestion of a US journalist, Grant contacted a new unit in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department dedicated to human trafficking cases, the ATLAS (Anti-Trafficking League Against Slavery). ATLAS agreed to take on the Foster case, saying it had the earmarks of a sex slavery case.



Jessie FosterGrant was set to travel to Las Vegas again last week to meet with investigators and local media about the case, but this time she was turned back by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Vancouver airport. The reason? She had a 1986 conviction for marijuana and cocaine possession.

As Drug War Chronicle reported just two weeks ago, both the US and Canada bar people who admit past drug use or have drug convictions from entering the country. Glendene Grant found that out the hard way, and she can't believe her ancient conviction even matters.

"I was supposed to fly last Monday night, but when I got to the airport, they told me to come back the next day," Grant told Drug War Chronicle. "I went early and spent three hours talking to one of the agents, and he finally said I would be denied and that I would have to get a waiver -- the same form they had given me the night before. I asked to speak to CBP supervisor Patricia Lundy, but I could tell she was not going to listen to anything I had to say. She asked if my daughter had chosen to go to Las Vegas, and when I said yes, she said 'Then I guess she made her own choices, didn't she?' When I asked 'Are you telling me my daughter chose to be kidnapped?' she threw me out of the office and called the RCMP to escort me away. It was the most unprofessional behavior I've seen in my life."

"They tried to say I couldn't cross because of that old drug conviction," Grant said. "I have never hid it, I had a valid passport, then, for some reason, it became an issue."

It was always an issue, according to the CBP. "She is automatically inadmissible for life because of the drug conviction," said CBP spokeswoman Cherise Miles. "We let her in before because it was an extreme circumstance. If she was coming on vacation, she would have been denied admission," she told the Chronicle.

Grant's only recourse is to seek a waiver allowing her to enter the US, said Miles. "A waiver is not automatic, but perhaps her circumstances would help turn it in her favor." The waiver fee is a non-refundable $265. The process takes "perhaps four to six weeks, maybe longer," said Miles.

"I don't have $265," Grant protested. "We have to fundraise for everything we do. I can't work very much, we can't afford to keep going, but we do. But I don't have $265." [Ed: There is a donation form at the Jessie Foster web site linked to above.]

CBP's Miles said that Grant had been allowed in on a humanitarian "parole," but that she had been warned she would have to apply for a waiver. Grant said that the first she heard about a waiver was when CBP officers at the Vancouver airport refused her entry and handed her a waiver form.

Now, Grant is pondering her options. "I don't know what to do," she said. "I've contacted my Canadian representatives, but it doesn't look like there is any way around this. Maybe the provincial governor can give me a pardon."

In the meantime, Jessie Foster remains missing and a harsh and unyielding US immigration law is keeping her mother from trying to find her. "I just sit here and think about it," she said. "What happens if they do find Jessie or her body and I can't go get her?"

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/489/ca...drug_conviction
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"If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth." The late, great Roberto Clemente.


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