CBC investigative podcast series The Pit uncovers the story of a woman's mysterious disappearance
The Pit is back with new episodes & trial coverage in September.
The Pit returns just as Sheree's Fertuck's accused killer's trial was adjourned at the last minute.
Sheree's estranged husband Greg Fertuck was scheduled to go to court on March 29 in Saskatoon to argue that he did not kill his wife and that an earlier confession he made to undercover police is false. The trial — which will be presided over by a judge alone and no jury — has been adjourned by a judge to Sept. 7 due to a spike in COVID-19 variant cases in the Regina area and the public health recommendation to avoid travel.
It was anticipated that a dozen or more witnesses from Regina would be testifying in the trial, which was scheduled to take place over five weeks.
Sheree Fertuck, who has been missing since Dec. 7, 2015, is believed to be dead but her body has not been found.
In Episode 8, the first in our trial coverage, Greg's lawyer Morris Bodnar explains why he is representing Greg despite saying he does not trust or believe him. We explore the biggest factors in the outcome of the case. With Sheree's body still missing, her sisters ponder what they want from the trial.
On September 2, 2021 the team hosted a special live event on YouTube to set up the upcoming trial.
It's winter in Saskatchewan and Sheree Fertuck is hard at work hauling gravel in her semi-truck. She has lunch with her mom but doesn't come back for supper. The next day, her semi is found abandoned in a gravel pit. Sheree is nowhere to be seen.
The search for Sheree Fertuck is underway. Police are digging, questioning, and looking for suspects. Suspicions about what might have happened to Sheree begin to emerge. A neighbour says he remembers hearing a loud noise.
Sheree gets married. Soon, cracks in their relationship begin to form. Court documents reveal troubles in Sheree's private life. There's a death threat, weapons, and the police get involved.
Police announce a major breakthrough in Sheree's case. They've put someone behind bars. A former roommate of the suspect remembers a troubling conversation about Sheree, and the family of the accused protest his innocence.
A letter to the Saskatoon jail nets our reporters a meeting with the suspect. We hear from him for the first time.
Police have Sheree's alleged killer behind bars, but the suspect says he was scared into a confession. Our reporters investigate the controversial police technique that led to his arrest. Meanwhile, people close to Sheree break their silence.
A close relative thinks Sheree was dumped somewhere near the gravel pit. Police and volunteers searched the area when she disappeared, and again after the arrest. Could the searchers have overlooked her remains?
And how does that affect the police case when there's no body?
Greg Fertuck appeared in court for a two-week preliminary hearing in January 2020. The goal was to decide if he should be tried for murder.
This short update explains what happened.
With the trial about to begin, Greg's lawyer explains what he thinks will be the biggest factors deciding the verdict. With Sheree still missing, her sisters explain what they hope to learn from the trial.
A last minute decision puts the trial on hold for another six months due to a regional outbreak of COVID-19. Sheree Fertuck's family is shocked and disappointed, Greg Fertuck is still in jail. But why would Greg's lawyers want their client in jail longer, and why couldn't this case go ahead when others have? Court documents reveal some answers. Meanwhile someone close to Sheree finally speaks up.
Take a look around this gravel pit — the last known whereabouts of Sheree Fertuck — in this 360° video experience.
In 2015, Saskatchewan police found Sheree Fertuck's abandoned truck at a small-town gravel pit. She's never been found but police have established a theory of murder.
ABOUT THE SERIES
CBC Saskatoon has been working to uncover the story of Sheree Fertuck.
Fertuck was last seen driving away from her family farm in a gravel truck near Kenaston, Sask., 80 kilometres south of Saskatoon, on Dec. 7, 2015.
While the truck was found near the pit, Sheree was nowhere to be found.
Police search the area tirelessly but ultimately believe 51-year-old Sheree Fertuck is dead.
Recently her estranged husband, Greg Fertuck was charged with 1st-degree murder, causing indignity to a body.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Victoria Dinh and Alicia Bridges, are the co-creators of "The Pit." They've travelled around western Canada to interview people who might have clues about what happened to Sheree Fertuck in December 2015. Kendall Latimer joined the podcast team in 2021
Alicia Bridges, co-host, writer and producer of "The Pit," is a journalist with CBC Saskatoon.
Alicia has international experience and is known for her long-form news features. She is a passionate storyteller with interest in investigative genres. Her most recent work with CBC includes stories about the rise of meth in Saskatchewan and bullying in small government.
Alicia currently lives in Perth, Australia.
Kendall Latimer puts her heart into journalism, with an extra bit of emphasis on human-interest and investigative stories. Kendall has a passion for long-form storytelling using words, sound and visuals.
Her latest documentary takes a closer look at Saskatchewan's swelling overdose crisis — and one man's push to make a difference — for CBC's national program The Doc Project. In 2020, Kendall collaborated on a series of investigative stories that sparked an unprecedented #MeToo movement in Saskatchewan's capital city.
She joined The Pit team in 2021.
Victoria Dinh, co-host, writer and producer of "The Pit," is a former journalist with CBC Saskatoon.
Victoria is known for her audio rich storytelling. She's passionate about working towards enterprise journalism and connecting with voices of those who are rarely heard from. Although she dabbles in quirky news, her interest lies in the true crime and investigative genres.
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