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Maisy and Shannon: Two Missing Girls

Background

On the evening of September 5, 2008, Maisy, 16, and Shannon, 17, travelled to Maniwaki Arena, where a number of their classmates attested to their attendance. Various sources claim it was a party, while others claim it was a school dance. Maisy spent the night at Shannon’s place after they left. Shannon walked Shannon’s father, Bryan Alexander, to the bus stop as Maisy slept in because he was going to Ottawa the following day to help his son paint his house.

Case

When Bryan returned home, he found the girls absent. All of their possessions, including their backpacks, Shannon’s medication, clothing, and wallets, were still there, which confused him. Unfortunately, no one could find the girls.

As instructed to do before departing for the dance, Maisy’s mother Laurie attempted to contact her, but was unsuccessful. The following day, Laurie visited Bryan at his apartment to exchange information as they worried about their daughters’ whereabouts. To learn anything about their recent whereabouts, Laurie started contacting their friends. The girls were reported missing on this day, according to some accounts, although others claim they were reported missing on May 9 and May 10. (Shannon).

The Disappearances of Shannon Alexander & Maisy Odjick – Stories of the  Unsolved
Pic: STU

Preliminary investigation

While Shannon’s case was handled by the Quebec Provincial PD, Maisy’s was handled by the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg PD because she resided on the local Native reserve. The families were not given case numbers, Bryan’s flat was not investigated, and their disappearances were not immediately reported to the media. Even the chief and council, Laurie remarked, “I mean, it felt like nobody cared at the time.” 2009 saw the official handover of Maisy’s case to the local police.

The families feel that because the Kitigan Zibi police initially claimed that the two girls had fled, the investigation has gotten delayed. Although the girls had previously departed without telling their relatives where they were going, their possessions had been left behind.

Laurie and Bryan called for their girls to return home at a press conference that the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation organised up on September 12. Regrettably, only the local newspaper and APTN (Indigenous Peoples news network) attended.

On September 23, 2008, volunteers came together to post missing persons posters and search the reserve’s riverbanks for the girls. Additionally, they conducted canvas searches in Gatineau and Ottawa (not sure what this entails) (part of Quebec directly across Ottawa).

Searches and sightings

In order to spread awareness about the girls’ disappearances, Maisy’s aunt, Maria Jacko, created a website specifically for the case. A few weeks later, over the 2008 Thanksgiving long weekend, an Ottawa-based search was organised following several reports of sightings in the city’s Vanier neighbourhood. The neighbourhood of Vanier is not the best; it has a reputation for prostitution, drug use, etc. One of my very first posts on this site was about a woman who was last seen in the neighbourhood and later discovered dead.

With December 2008, Search and Rescue Global One was requested to assist in the search. They carried out two searches, the first of which involved 100 members of the local community and the Ottawa Valley Search and Rescue Dog Association searching a 5 km radius around Bryan’s flat.

The Quebec police stated in March 2009 that there was the basis to suspect the girls could have fled, but they withheld any supporting documentation out of concern that it might impede their investigation. In May 2009, Search and Rescue conducted a second investigation, but none of them turned up any proof.

It’s probable that Shannon and Maisy had been spotted in a number of locations in Ontario’s eastern and southern regions, according to tips. Both girls have been listed as missing on the Ontario Provincial Police’s website. Unconfirmed sightings of the girls have been reported in Port Elgin, Kingston, Montreal, Ottawa, and Kingston, which is about two hours south of Ottawa (a port city 300 km west of Toronto). This map was made by me to display the locations of the various cities; it does not imply that the girls necessarily travelled in this direction.

Observations and fresh investigations

Authorities discovered in August 2011 that the two may have interacted with a local sex offender who committed suicide in Hull (Gatineau-Hull, a city quite close to Ottawa) in July 2011 while being detained there and left behind a suicide note.

Age-progression illustrations depicting what the girls could have looked like at 24 years old were published in December 2015.

In response to fresh information, a search of Pitobig Creek on the Kitigan Zibi reservation was conducted in July 2017. Authorities searched the water and the area around it with a small excavator, diving teams, an emergency unit, and a forensics team after being told that their bodies might be there. Unfortunately, nothing was discovered, and the shoreline had been altered because the location was close to a Speedway that had expanded since their disappearance. Then, 20 people were questioned.

Since Shannon’s disappearance has left them feeling so hopeless, Shannon’s family has been more private. As a cadet, Shannon cherished having a position of authority. According to Laurie, she is still getting calls from detectives.

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