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Clayton Miller's case to be reviewed 24 years after his death: Nova Scotia Justice Minister

The story of one family's quest to understand what happened back in 1990 to their son, Clayton Miller, found dead in the woods in New Waterford, Cape Breton.
For years, Gervase Miller was shunned, even ridiculed, a lone figure with a sign on the streets of New Waterford looking for answers into the death of his 17 year old son. But his persistence has led to questions the authorities cannot ignore.

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Many came out in support of the Miller family in Cape Breton yesterday, in a demonstration one thousand strong. Clayton Miller's father, Gervaise Miller, has walked Plummer Avenue, almost daily, for the past 24 years with a sign that says his son Clayton was murdered . (Hal Higgins/CBC)


There's nothing we can do to bring Clayton back. We know that. What makes everything so different now is the public, the public is seeing what we've had all these years and had nothing being done about it.Maureen Miller, mother of Clayton Miller

People in the community of New Waterford, Cape Breton, are accustomed to seeing a man walking down the main street carrying a photo of his son. Gervaise Miller has made the rounds with that picture for 24 years. That's how long it's been since Clayton Miller was found dead in a nearby woods.

The death was ruled accidental. But his parents never believed it. And now, Nova Scotia's justice minister has ordered another look at the case.

The CBC's Wendy Martin has followed Clayton Miller's story from the beginning. She joined us from our studio in Sydney.


We made a request for a comment from the RCMP, but we were declined.


This segment was produced by Halifax Network Producer, Mary Lynk.

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