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Missing

What stories lie behind those headlines about the countless number of Canadians who go missing every year — or worse — are presumed dead? In most cases, tales of loved ones gone missing lead to and from places of tremendous tragedy and deep sadness. Sometimes, though, their stories surprise us with twists and turns that even the closest of friends and relatives never imagined. In "Missing," the fifth estate presents three very unique stories about Canadians gone missing.

The Search for Owen Rooney

The Search for Owen Rooney

He was having the time of his life – a young Australian working at a British Colombia ski resort. But Owen Rooney's adventure became his close-knit family's nightmare. This is the story of a son's disappearance and a family's relentless search.

With his work visa about to expire, Rooney spent last summer in Kelowna hanging out with friends and his two sisters. A music festival in Salmo, B.C. was supposed to be his last blast before he went home. But a bad drug reaction put him in a medical tent for most of the weekend. When he missed a ride back to Kelowna, he found himself alone. Over the next couple of days Rooney embarked on a strange journey through the BC interior. For some unknown reason, on August 12, he stopped in the small hamlet of Christina Lake where, according to police, he was assaulted. Rooney then checked himself into a local hospital with head injuries. After staying overnight, sometime on the evening of August 14, Rooney walked out of the hospital and simply disappeared.

Having left their life behind in Australia, Owen Rooney's family have spent the last six months searching western Canada for their lost son – tracking down dozens of leads that have ultimately led them no closer to finding Owen.

“We're probably coming to that crunch time very shortly, we've done a lot of traveling, we've done a lot of canvassing, says Owen's mother Sharron. “We need to sort of sit down now and say where do we go from here and that's what we will do when our hearts tell us that that's what we need to do.”

The Curious Case of Madame Victoria

The Curious Case of Madame Victoria

In June of 2001, a nurse made a gruesome discovery. Lying behind her car in a parking lot in downtown Montreal was a mummified body that had lain undiscovered for two years. It was near the Royal Victoria Hospital, at the foot of Mount Royal, that city's biggest park.

The corpse was dressed in partially decomposed hospital scrubs. Investigators concluded that this was likely someone connected to the medical centre nearby. But they soon discovered that the Royal Victoria had no reports of anyone missing. Police were at a loss, left wondering who was this woman who they now called Madame Victoria?

The search was on to discover the identity of this mysterious missing person. The hunt for the true identity of Madame Victoria has spanned almost a decade. But now developments in forensic science have made it possible for researchers to determine where Madame Victoria lived, as well as her health and age at the time of her death. New information has led investigators to a place far from Montreal, to a family that could unravel the enigma of Madame Victoria.

Finding Julie Bureau

Finding Julie Bureau

Everyone knew who she was. She'd been missing for nearly three years and photo seemed to be everywhere. With her welcoming big smile and red hair tied back, Julie Bureau could have been anyone's best friend or daughter. At the age of 14 she'd vanished without a trace. One day she was at school and the next day she was gone, without any explanation. Her story captivated Quebecers for years — part mystery — part detective story. Julie's disappearance left her family and community to cope with the numbing unknown. Then suddenly, one day, she was spotted just an hour away from where she'd disappeared. Her parents soon learned their little girl had created a new life for herself and had a new name. She'd been living with a man old enough to be her father, who was hailed as a good Samaritan for taking the little girl in. But Julie's saga didn't end there. It's a story with twists and turns with an ending that is stranger than fiction. The recent arrest of the man Julie had been living with has raised troubling new questions what really happened to a little girl lost then found.

Your Comment (28)

May all those who are Missing be found &
may all those who have been found be happy always !!

In reply to a comment from -DAVE L

did i detect a hint of possible guilt in your message?

My brother Stephon Kiley Payne, went missing in October of 2002 from Edmonton Alberta. Where he was living with our mother. He was born in October 9, 1973. He is black, 5'9". He has a heart tattoo on his back. He has a scar on his lip. He also goes by the nicknames of "8 Ball" or "Skip". He was supposedly with his girlfriend at the time, but we have been given 3 different accounts of the evening he disappeared from her. Which we find odd. She has since moved away with his daughter who was born shortly after his disappearance. Because of his age and lifestyle, there was not much of an investigation. If anyone has any information please contact me at payne10@telus.net.

In reply to a comment from Irma Armstrong

Sadly, Jordan was found in the Kan River in Thunder Bay. The police, after a preliminary post mortem, announced death by drowning and deemed his death as "foul play not suspected" His family doesn't agree, nor do a lot of his community members. We also wonder, why it takes a death of a fifteen year old aboriginal boy to finally garner attention from the media south of Thunder Bay.

In reply to a comment from Anthony Sullivan

You might find it on YouTube.

Is there any way to watch this episode if you live in the US?

In reply to a comment from Cathy Elliott

They have searched the river again,after the ice left,and nothing again.They found a hat and a runner but nothing was said for sure if it is his.Was sent to TO for DNA.Sad case,but 2 yrs ago another boy was missing and was found in the River.Not the same one.These boys are sent here for school,Can you imagin being sent from their home and live with strangers,Some thing is wrong here.Reminds me of years ago when they were picked from their homes and went to the residental school,HAVE WE NOT LEARNT ANYTHING.

In reply to a comment from BJ

I don't know any details of tattoos (and presumably it could have been done after he went missing), so here is the website: http://www.find-owen.com/

In reply to a comment from Jessica

There was no DNA analysis done on Mme Victoria's hair.

I'm sure you've been getting a pile of letters from people who are missing their loved ones. I'm going to ask if you've had any about Jordan Wabasse, a 15 year old First Nations youth from Webequie Ontario, who'd been missing since February?

In reply to a comment from Lauren Mandelker

Here is the facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=104181069623948&ref=mf&v=info

My friend Abigail Andrews has been missing for nearly a year. We became friends when she moved to Montreal, but went missing when she moved back to Northern BC, where she grew up, and used to brag about being the only girl who could carry the hind quarters of a moose. She is 6 feet tall, strong, and was pregnant when she disappeared on the way to a friends house. I believe that somebody somewhere has to know something. Abigail's family and friends are thinking of her every day, and I hope that you can bring some attention to help further this case.

Any chance that Owen had a tattoo of a kangaroo on his arm. I was approached by a young Australian male- called himself an Aussie- looking for money on March 1 in Vancouver in the area of the convention center- he had a black and white outfit on. Appeared somewhat agitated, claimed he wasn't a "hobo" (his word), mentioned he needed another $24 to go to Whistler, and said something about missing his medication for a muscular disease he had. Didn't pay much attention but then thought about it when i saw the episode.

If I think i have spotted a possible person (Owen Rooney)WHAT PHONE # do I call?

I am writting this letter in regards to your segment on a missing lady. I hope and pray that it might be my mother, so that i might have some closer in this matter.Can you help me .

Thank you 5th Estate for airing Owens Story. We believe it is accurate and well put together. We would like to thank the crew who were very sensitive to our situation. We are very grateful. When a person goes missing action and reaction is too slow for a best outcome.

I sent my comments out earlier, but I was advised that they were not received. Check our Rhody Lake an 80 year old Sandyhook resident on google. She is still missing and the search included some locals (myself), trained people, dogs and helicopters.It would be worthwhile to investigate her case on your programme.

Rhodi Lake is a missing 80 year old woman from Sandyhook, B.C.
There was a wide search out for her from locals to professionals to trained and untrained dogs to helicopters. I helped search for her in the area where she was last seen and in other areas. You will find information about her if you google Rhodi Lake.

my brother Robert Furgiuele went missing in the mid nineties from squamish BC on an Indian Reserve. At the time he was living with his girlfriend Lori who was native and their daughter Sara. Robbie would call home every now and then and then no calls and we haven't heard from him to this day. Robert is known as Robbie to friends and family .He is from Sault Ste.Marie Ontario. His girlfriend never notified police of his disappearance,which we find quite odd. She has moved away to the States and is married now with two more children. Robbie's parents and sisters would like if you remember Robbie or have any information to please notify me at my email address. Robbie is loved very much and we just want to know what happened. Please notify me at maramcleod19@yahoo.com if you have any information. I thankyou so much.

In reply to a comment from Gary

I agree!!!!!

I always watch The Fifth Estate,however this episode was very dissapointing!In the case of Owen,no investigating was exposed,i would have thought the girlfriend,the men who beat him up and the police would of been interveiwed by your team,or at least your team would have attempted this. This episode was very poorly put together!!!!

How can they tell that Madame Victoria moved 7 times from her hair?? DNA I know but really???

A question was asked tonight, who would let a fourteen year old into their home without asking questions ? Twenty odd years ago I can say more men would accomodate a fourteen year old who has run away from home than most could ever imagine, and it would curtle your thoughts to know just how many of those men were well to do men that most would trust and their mainly interested in one thing. No one is safe when you run away from home at fourteen. The most trusted of authority figures will ask for one thing in exchange for a place to sleep. I tell kids today stay at home, milk your parents for all its worth and make them pay your university tuition fees if you need revenge. And yes when I ran away I was going to an exclusive boarding school as well. But who would let a fourteen year old into their home, millions, and I was able to hitch hike across Canada in a matter of days, truck drivers kept me safe, but most had a price. I could write a book about the extreme breach of trust...

May all those who are Missing be found &
may all those who have been found be happy always !!

This wasn't a very interesting episode, nor was it a good example of investigative journalism. In case #1, too many questions about Owen's girfriend went unaddressed, and there seemed to be no pursuit by The Fifth Estate to track her down and interview her. If she wouldn't speak to you, or if the police cleared her in any involvement in Owen's disappearance, this should have been mentioned.
In case #2 (Madame Victoria), too much time was spent probing the woman who thought it might be her mother when it was already known the DNA did not match. More time could have been spent on the forensics; the record contained in her hair was interesting until unnecessary parallels were drawn to the unrelated woman's mother.
Case #3 was solved several years ago and no longer qualifies as "missing". While her case is still of moderate interest, would it not have served a better function to showcase another Canadian who remains missing? To take advantage of this national forum and reach as many viewers as possible? Instead, you chose to include a closed case. Odd.
Finally, at the end of this episode, you did not recap the first two cases. There were most definitely scores of people who tuned in late, who never got to see the faces of Owen or Madame Victoria, but this opportunity was lost.
This was bad television, bad journalism, and I want that hour of my life back.
Thank you.

Last weekend my daughter was in North Bay with friends. One of them was turned away from the bar because his I.D. looked fake. He hasn't been seen since. His name is Luc Joly

The third story,thats got very wrong all over it.very wrong what she did to let her family worry like that.

please you folks need to do a show on a missing woman from ontario her name is shana carter i will send you a link to a video i made i dont know this woman but we need your help please contact me if you will do anything for this family and i will get in touch with them
thanks so much if anybody out there cares we know it is your show without any doubts
god bless
dave
i made this video on you tube for this woman please help us
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrixKzf6U5Y

 
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