Finding Cleo

About Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

About the podcast

Where is Cleo?

It's a mystery her family has been trying to unravel for decades after the young Cree girl was apprehended by child welfare workers in Saskatchewan in the 1970's. Her siblings say she was stolen, and then raped and murdered while trying to hitchhike back home, her body left at the side of the road somewhere in the United States. They have no idea where she is, whether her name was changed, or if anyone has been charged in her murder. 

Like many Indigenous children, Cleo's brothers and sisters were taken from their community, displayed in advertisements, and sent to live with white adoptive families across North America, through a controversial program called "Adopt Indian and Metis." They've reconnected as adults and are determined to find their missing sister and penetrate the secrets shrouding the truth about Cleo.

CBC's Connie Walker joins in their search, uncovering disturbing new details about how and why Cleo was taken, where she wound up, and how she died. 

About the Host:

Connie Walker is a senior investigative reporter whose most recent work focuses on unsolved cases and root causes of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

She was nominated 'Best Host in a Web Program or Series' by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television in 2018 for her work on Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?, and in 2017 received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. 

Walker's work on the first season of Missing & Murdered was also nominated for a 2017 Webby Award for best podcast, and received the RTDNA's Adrienne Clarkson Award. 

Walker is Cree, from the Okanese First Nation, in Saskatchewan. She lives with her family in Toronto.


Host & Writer:  Connie Walker

Producers:  Marnie Luke & Jennifer Fowler 

Audio Producer:  Mieke Anderson

Senior Producer:  Heather Evans

Digital Producer:  Bria John

Video Producers:  Brenda Witmer & Evan Aagaard

Additional Technical Production:  Dave MacIntosh, Don Somers, Ousama Farag, Yasmine Mathurin

Transcripts:  Yasmine Hassan, Julia Naves, Jacqueline Koka, Nicole Rogers

Special thanks to:  Solomon Ratt, Tulu Peter, Shannon Lee Wolf, Tom Coulton, Clara McIver, Bob Demarais, Danielle Howard Mason, Anita Elash, Dave Downey, David Common, Loreto Cisterna, Trevor Grant, Arif Noorani, Cesil Fernandes, Ben Shannon, Ian Cauthery, Paul  Hambleton, Raj Ahluwalia, Zach Dubinsky, Lori Ward, Tim Lorimer, Fiona Fairbairn, Michelle Kataquapit, Stephen Abbott, Shannon Petrolito, Sarah Neville, Mary Weins, David Freeman, Jesse Todd, Jeff Douglas, Gary Hoffman, Margie Lowden, Earl Nighttraveller, Ravena Semaganis, Lisa Long, Paddy Tutty, Mary Ellen Schnitzler, Allyson Stevenson, Dawn Tuckanow, Eleanore Sunchild, Chief Marcia Brown Martel, and all of the Sixties Scoop survivors whose voices were heard throughout the series.

Music credits:

Kai Engel, Somnolence (2016)

The Who, Who Are You? (1978)

(Peter Townshend, Towser Tunes BMI; Spirit Music Group)

Universal Music Group

Bruce Springsteen, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1975)

(Fred J Coots / Haven Gillespie, EMI Feist Catalogue ASCAP)

Sony Music Group