Lo­cal woman re­mem­bers cold case

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

When Stanstead’s Pat Jory heard from her sis­ter that the RCMP was re-open­ing the over fifty year-old case of lit­tle Edna Bette-Jean Masters who went miss­ing at 21 months of age while play­ing out­side of a friend’s home in the Kam­loops area of Bri­tish Colom­bia, she prob­a­bly got shiv­ers down her spine.

“We knew the fam­ily and had vis­ited the baby af­ter she was born,” said Mrs. Jory in an in­ter­view. “She had been play­ing when the other kids went in­side to get koolaid. She was left alone for just a few min­utes. The po­lice came out with a blood hound but it stopped sniff­ing at the end of the lane. Then vol­un­teers came from all around and peo­ple walked hand-to-hand, a mile wide. They thought they would at least find her shoes be­cause they used to fall off eas­ily,” added Mrs. Jory who was only twenty years old at the time with a few young chil­dren of her own. “I was so scared for my chil­dren af­ter that we would

al­ways have a fence around our prop­erty.”

The po­lice have de­cided to re-open the cold case of Edna Masters, who went miss­ing with­out a trace on July 3rd, 1960, now that they can use new tech­nol­ogy such as DNA ex­am­i­na­tion and com­puter soft­ware that can age the faces of young chil­dren, show­ing what they would look like as adults.

“That story al­ways in­trigued me. And you never know where some­one can end up,” said Mrs. Jory, ex­plain­ing why she brought the story to the at­ten­tion of the news­pa­per. “Look at me, I ended up out here all the way from Bri­tish Colom­bia.”

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