Disappearance of Jessie Foster

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Jessie Foster
Born Jessica Edith Louise Foster
(1984-05-27) May 27, 1984 (age 33)
Disappeared April 2006 (aged 21)
Las Vegas
Status Missing for 11 years, 8 months and 15 days
Residence Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, USA
Nationality Canadian
Citizenship Canadian
Occupation possible forced prostitute[1]
Years active 2005-2006
Parent(s) Dwight Foster
Glendene Grant

Jessica Edith Louise (Jessie) Foster (born May 27, 1984),[2][3] is a Canadian woman who disappeared in the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada, United States, in 2006.[citation needed] Her parents are Glendene Grant and Dwight Foster.[4] Jessie had spent some time living in Calgary, Alberta.[5] In 2005, Jessie and a friend of hers visited Florida together, and then stopped by Las Vegas on the way back in May[6] where Jessie decided to stay.[7] Before disappearing the following year, Jessie became involved in prostitution, was arrested once for solicitation, and was the victim of battery on several occasions.[8]

Investigation[edit]

Jessie is one of four prostitutes who disappeared in Las Vegas between 2003 and 2006. The bodies of the other three have been found. The Las Vegas Police Department launched an investigation of a person in question, bringing in a forensic scientist to spray luminol onto surfaces at crime scenes to detect invisible blood stains; but found nothing at his property, nor has he been interrogated on her disappearance. [9] Benjamin Perrin of Vancouver, British Columbia, received a George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature nomination for having written Invisible Chains, a book that prominently deals with human trafficking, and includes the disappearance of Jessie Foster.[10] The documentary "Trafficked No More", features her story and led to some tips to her whereabouts.[11]

On July 26, 2015, the Calgary Sun reported police are investigating if a man killed on July 18, 2015 in Charleston, West Virginia may be responsible for the four Las Vegas killings, including Foster.[12]

Aftermath[edit]

Her mother, Glendene Grant (born 1957) founded Mothers Against Trafficking in Humans following her daughter's disappearance.[13] She hosts an internet radio show on BlogTalkRadio through Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, and has hosted such guests as Member of Parliament Joy Smith and Bobby Brown of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame.[14] She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.[15] She had a common-law marriage with Dwight Foster, but they separated.[4] The last time that Grant saw her daughter was Christmas 2005.[16] Grant believes that Jessie became an unwilling victim of human trafficking,[17] and that Jessie thereby became a sexual slave.[18] Grant therefore created almost a dozen websites advertising the disappearance of her daughter.[19] In an effort to find her daughter, Grant has gotten in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bounty hunters, prostitutes, police officers, psychics, and private investigators.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brian Nordli (February 21, 2014). "THE CASE OF JESSIE FOSTER: After eight years, hope remains alive — even if a missing daughter isn't". Las Vegas Sun. 
  2. ^ Abigail Goldman (October 26, 2006). "Families fret about girls lost in Sin City". The Union Democrat. p. 11A. 
  3. ^ "Jessica Edith Louise Foster". America's Most Wanted. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Cary Castagna (December 24, 2007). "Reward for missing woman raised: Missing woman's father puts house up as equity". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Richard Liebrecht (October 23, 2010). "Alberta urged to lead fight against erotic ads". Calgary Sun. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Donna Brandigal (February 6, 2007). "Family takes search for daughter to Sin City". DigitalJournal.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Matt O'Brien (February 1, 2007). "Searching for the Missing Jessie Foster". Las Vegas CityLife. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "America's Most Wanted could profile missing woman's case". The Province. November 5, 2008. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Quentin Parker; Paula Munier; Susan Reynold (2011). The Sordid Secrets of Las Vegas: Over 500 Seedy, Sleazy, and Scandalous Mysteries of Sin City. F+W Media. p. 129. ISBN 1440510164. 
  10. ^ "Local authors up for Ryga award". Kamloops This Week. August 4, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ "After eight years, hope remains alive — even if a missing daughter isn't". lasvegassun.com. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  12. ^ Passifiume, Bryan (26 July 2015). "Death of man in West Virginia could break case of missing Calgary woman". Calgary, Alta.: Postmedia Network. Calgary Sun. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "'She Has A Name' Production". New Life Church. September 10, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ Mike Youds (December 30, 2011). "Bondsman Bobby Brown to guest on blog show about human trafficking". Kamloops Daily News. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mother's hunt for missing daughter blocked at border". The Province. June 3, 2007. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Residents come through for mom". Kamloops Daily News. December 24, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Captive victims' cries go unheard". The Vancouver Sun. October 31, 2008. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  18. ^ "$40,000 boost in reward raises hopes of missing woman's mom". The Province. December 27, 2007. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ Sherri Zickefoose (October 24, 2009). "'The most well-known, unknown missing person'". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  20. ^ Sarah Kennedy (March 28, 2007). "Woman missing a year after Las Vegas trip". Calgary Sun. Retrieved October 16, 2012.