41,035 missing person reports were filed in Canada in 2013 of adults who had gone missing. 85% of those cases were solved within a week. The families of those who have remained missing over the years reached out to the fifth estate after we launched the Finding Emma campaign. Here are some of their stories:
Missing: LORRAINE ROACH
Date reported missing: May 13, 2013
Location: Peterborough, Ontario
Contact to report tips: Peterborough County OPP 705-742-0401
It was a call to wish her mom a happy Mother’s Day that alerted Jennifer Debernardi to the fact that her mother was missing. Lorraine Roach never returned her call.
Roach had suffered from depression her whole life but was on medication. Her minivan was found at the side of Lily Lake Rd., west of the city. It was an area she would commonly use to go back and forth from the city to her home.
On October 14, 2014 Peterborough County OPP did a ground search of an area in Selwyn Township, prompted by a tip. They didn't find anything and won't comment on whether foul play is suspected but acknowledge that Roach's disappearance is now a criminal investigation.