Clues sought in Ni­ram Shouldice case, oth­ers

Wiarton Echo - - NEWS - ROB GOWAN

A lo­cal man who started a group that looks into area cold cases is tak­ing on some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent, as well as two new miss­ing per­sons cases.

Nick Oldrieve of Owen Sound, who is be­hind the please­bring­me­home.com web­site, is now work­ing on the case of Bruce Penin­sula man Ni­ram Shouldice.

Oldrieve has fo­cused on miss­ing peo­ple, but Shouldice’s re­mains were found on the penin­sula on June 27, 2017, al­most four months af­ter he was last seen alive.

“This is very dif­fer­ent be­cause our kind of mis­sion state­ment is to bring peo­ple home,” Oldrieve said Fri­day. “Ni­ram has been brought home, but the an­swer has not been brought home.”

Shouldice’s body was found in a bush area along Lake­wood Coun­try Lane, west of Fern­dale, just east of West Lit­tle Lake. Shouldice, 30, lived ap­prox­i­mately two kilo­me­tres south of Lion’s Head on Bruce Road 9, in a house he rented from his fa­ther. He was re­port­edly last seen at the UPI gas sta­tion in Fern­dale on March 5, 2017.

Po­lice have said lit­tle about Shouldice’s case, but Oldrieve said he has learned from fam­ily that his phone, wal­let, coat and boots haven’t been found.

“It sug­gests to us that there is a pos­si­bil­ity he passed away in­doors some­where and then was moved to that lo­ca­tion af­ter­wards,” said Oldrieve.

“It was about a two-hour walk from where he lived to that wooded area, and he didn’t drive, so how did he get there?”

Oldrieve, who has stayed in con­tact with Shouldice’s fam­ily since he went miss­ing, said some­thing Shouldice’s fa­ther told him res­onated with him.

“Whether you lose a child whether in a car ac­ci­dent or any kind of ac­ci­dent and it is sud­den, they passed away, that loss is there, you have that an­swer of why, you have the an­swer of how it hap­pened and that helps with the clo­sure process,” said Oldrieve. “He said we don’t have that for Ni­ram be­cause we don’t know what hap­pened.”

Oldrieve said he has spo­ken to po­lice to let them know that they are go­ing to be ac­cept­ing tips and reach­ing out to lo­cal me­dia ask­ing for in­for­ma­tion. Fam­ily and friends have also set up a Face­book page, What Hap­pened to Ni­ram Shouldice?

Oldrieve said they are telling peo­ple to con­tact po­lice, es­pe­cially if they be­lieve Shouldice’s body was placed where it was found. Peo­ple who aren’t com­fort­able with con­tact­ing po­lice are urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers, and if that isn’t a pos­si­bil­ity, they should use Please Bring Me Home as a last re­sort.

“We are a safe, proven method, as is Crime Stop­pers, if you want to re­main anony­mous,” said Oldrieve. “We are just try­ing to do ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly can to reach those peo­ple who may be leery about giv­ing in­for­ma­tion.”

Oldrieve is also look­ing into a cou­ple of other cases in­volv­ing peo­ple miss­ing from Grey and Bruce.

One case in­volves friends Shawn Jones, 14, and Les­lie Jones, 15, of Cape Cro­ker, who were last seen in late Oc­to­ber 1993.

Oldrieve said he un­der­stands the boys smashed up a car be­long­ing to Shawn’s grand­mother in Lion’s Head. There were re­ports the boys had been seen in Wiar­ton and then Owen Sound right af­ter they went miss­ing, and then in Toronto in 1996. There have also been pos­si­ble sight­ings of the boys over the years from as far away as Bri­tish Columbia.

Oldrieve is also look­ing into the case of Kristina Rhodes of Hanover. It’s one that lit­tle is known about.

Oldrieve said Rhodes had a daugh­ter in 1991, but went miss­ing a short time af­ter giv­ing up the child. The baby’s fa­ther, who was in prison at the time, tried to make con­tact with Rhodes but wasn’t able to and made a miss­ing per­son re­port through the prison, but Oldrieve can’t find any in­for­ma­tion on what hap­pened af­ter that.

Fast for­ward 27 years and Rhodes’ daugh­ter, who has asked to re­main anony­mous, con­tacted Oldrieve in a search for her bi­o­log­i­cal mother.

Oldrieve said he has con­tacted Rhodes’ birth fam­ily, adopted fam­ily and her for­mer boyfriend, all of whom haven’t heard from Rhodes since.

Oldrieve has also con­tacted Hanover po­lice, who he said as­sured him that they are go­ing to be look­ing into the case.

“It is just an in­ter­est­ing case be­cause no­body has heard about it,” said Oldrieve. “From what I un­der­stand Kristina was one of those in­di­vid­u­als who would kind of go away for a pe­riod of time, so it might not have seemed out of the or­di­nary for the Hanover po­lice or the fam­ily at first, but now def­i­nitely it is a big red flag.”

In both miss­ing per­sons cases, Oldrieve and his team are plan­ning to reach out to the pub­lic for in­for­ma­tion. They plan to meet with Cape Cro­ker po­lice in the new year and have been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Hanover po­lice. They haven’t posted any in­for­ma­tion about the cases to their web­site yet, but plan to shortly.

“We have spo­ken to the fam­i­lies in both cases and got kind of the gist of the story in both cases,” said Oldrieve. “We have ba­si­cally their per­mis­sion or bless­ing to look into these cases and ac­cept tips that are com­ing in.”

Oldrieve be­came in­volved in lo­cal cold cases about three years ago when he learned about the case of Lisa Maas of An­nan, who went miss­ing in July 1988.

He has since been joined by oth­ers and has con­ducted a num­ber of searches for Maas’ body in the Owen Sound and An­nan ar­eas based on tips he has re­ceived. While he has been un­able to find the woman’s re­mains, he con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

He is also look­ing into the dis­ap­pear­ance of oth­ers in the area, in­clud­ing Lois Hanna, Neil McDougall and Joe Moore.

In early July, Oldrieve found the body of Owen Sound man Terry Schope along the city’s east shore­line. Schope went miss­ing in mid-June.

Oldrieve’s web­site has also been cred­ited for a tip that led to the dis­cov­ery of the body of 20-yearold Nolan Panchyshyn of Southamp­ton in the spring af­ter he dis­ap­peared in De­cem­ber 2017. Two men face sec­ond-de­gree mur­der charges in that case.

Oldrieve said their goal is to get ev­ery cold case miss­ing per­son in Grey-Bruce on their web­site.

“It just takes time be­cause we want to make sure we have all the proper con­ver­sa­tions and are putting the right in­for­ma­tion out to the pub­lic re­gard­ing these cases,” said Oldrieve.

Tips on any of the cases Oldrieve and his team are look­ing into can be sub­mit­ted anony­mously at www.please­bring­me­home.com, PO Box 74, Owen Sound, Ont., N4K 5P1 or at please­bring­me­[email protected]­look.com.

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Ni­ram Shouldice

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