Missing & Murdered: The Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls
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At 8 p.m. on Jan. 1, 1970, Geraldine Settee carried $1.30 in change to go to the local drugstore to buy some pop and potato chips.

The store wasn’t far from her home, which was located at 813 St. Mary’s Rd. in Winnipeg's St. Vital neighbourhood.

Her father, Leonard Settee, knew it took approximately seven or eight minutes to walk to the store. According to media reports, it was still daylight, so the father let Geraldine go.

He knew his daughter was sensible and did not take any risks, such as talking to strangers. The youngest in the family, Geraldine was described as being very smart.

Also, at the time, St. Vital was regarded as a really safe neighbourhood.

As she left the house, Geraldine was carrying a transistor radio draped over her shoulder. It was a Christmas gift from her father.

But when his daughter was gone for more than 25 minutes, Leonard grew worried. He called on another daughter to look for Geraldine.

That's when they realized the drugstore wasn’t even open, and something was terribly wrong.

At 11 a.m. the next day, a relative discovered the little girl’s partially frozen body in a vacant lot at Fermor Avenue and St. Mary’s Road.

An autopsy revealed that Geraldine had been stabbed six times in the back and chest with a spring-blade (a type of folding knife) that was 15 to 18 centimetres in length and about two centimetres wide.

According to media reports from the time, Geraldine was fully clothed. Three buttons had fallen off her jacket but were later found under her body in the snow.

Police would not say whether the weapon was located. Geraldine was not sexually assaulted, and it was not a robbery as she was still carrying her change. No witnesses came forward.

Leonard Settee told reporters that on the evening of Dec. 5, 1969, Geraldine had answered a mysterious phone call that left her feeling scared.

The next day, she fainted after the phone rang again, he said.

After Geraldine's death, a 14-year-old boy was interrogated by police but he later released because of a lack of evidence.

A year later, a $1,500 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Just two years after the death of Geraldine Settee, her father, Leonard, passed away.

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