Jessie Foster, missing & endangered
JESSIE FOSTER - missing person, an ENDANGERED since March 29, 2006 when she mysteriously went Missing from her home in N. Las Vegas, NV.
Jessica Foster, age 23, was last seen on the evening of March 29, 2006 in the 1000 block of Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Jessica has multiple ear piercings and two facial piercings . She has caps on her teeth as well. Her hair may be dyed brown or have streaks in it and worn long and straight or curly. It is not known what Jessica was last wearing.
LATEST NEWS ARTICLE ON MISSING JESSIE FOSTER
November 11, 2009
Family, friends still searching for missing woman
November 11, 2009
By: Sarah Junkin
A Cochrane woman whose friend abruptly vanished almost four years ago is anxiously waiting to learn the identity of a recently found body.
When Jessie Foster, 21, first went missing in March 2006, friends and family members back in Canada were immediately alarmed, and her Cochrane friend Shannon Koyata said she was stunned to learn that she had simply vanished.
Foster had been living in Las Vegas, but kept in touch with her mom and sister in Kamloops so frequently that loved ones knew immediately that something was wrong.
In addition, the man she’d been living with, Peter Todd, claimed she’d simply moved out — something her mother Glendene Grant says is ridiculous, in part because she’d left her cosmetics and hair paraphernalia on the bathroom counter.
Her cell phone ceased being used as did her credit and bank cards.
Jessie FosterThe family hired a private investigator, who uncovered the disturbing fact that Foster had been working as a prostitute in the Nevada town, and that she’d once been so badly beaten she’d been hospitalized.
“I do believe Peter knows more than he has told us,” said Grant.
She spends virtually all of her time trying to track down new leads to keep her daughter’s memory alive and bring awareness about human trafficking to the front of people’s minds.
“I’m so absorbed in it I can’t remember what it’s like not to have a missing daughter,” she said.
“When she first went missing I realized then I would never again be the mom I was before.”
Shortly after Foster’s disappearance, her friend Koyata and Foster’s sister Crystal organized a fundraiser at the Texas Gate to help raise funds to pay for further investigative work.
But that seems like a long time ago, said Koyata, who has gradually moved on with her life.
“There’s a lot of wondering still if she’s ever going to come back,” she said.
“I hope she is but at the same time I’ve sort of gotten used to the fact she’s gone. It’s scary.”
Over the years, when a body turns up in the Vegas area, Foster’s family holds its collective breath until the identity is known.
“I don’t feel she’s dead,” said Grant. “I feel very much that she’s alive.”
She added she can’t imagine the point at which she’ll end the search for her daughter, once a straight-A student.
“I’ll never give up,” she said.
“I can’t stop because it hurts so much in the worst way. If I ever gave up it’s be like I’d given her up.”
But for Koyata, the silence has been discouraging.
“That’s the hardest part is the not knowing,” she said with a sigh.
“And now another DNA test. I don’t know how long that will take or what it will tell us.”
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JESSIE IS MISSED DEARLY BY HER FAMILY AND THEY WILL NOT STOP UNTIL JESSIE IS FOUND...
I and countless others will Not Stop until JESSIE FOSTER is found and returned to her Family and Loved ones.
Mother refuses to give up search
By Sherri Zickefoose, Calgary HeraldOctober 24, 2009
Glendene Grant discusses her search for her missing daughter, Jessica Foster, who is pictured in the website www.jessiefoster.ca and in photos in the background. Jessica had been living in Las Vegas when she went missing near the end of March 2006. Glendene suspects her daughter may have been a victim of human trafficking.
Photograph by: Bart Cummins, Canwest News Service
Glendene Grant's days begin around 3:30 a.m. by typing her daughter's name into search engines and monitoring dozens of websites devoted to missing women.
Jessie Foster may have vanished in the underbelly of Las Vegas in 2006, but her presence on the Internet is inescapable.
"She's to me the most well-known, unknown missing person in the world," said Grant, who has created nearly a dozen websites in her daughter's name. She adds Foster's photo and story to every missing persons list and forum she can find.
Calgary-born Foster was 21 when she disappeared in March 2006, four months after moving to Las Vegas.
Grant believes her daughter is caught up in a human trafficking ring, lured to glamorous Las Vegas by a recruiter who helped turn Foster into a sex slave.
Before her abrupt disappearance, Foster painted a picture of happiness to her parents. She told them she was engaged to a wealthy man, Peter Todd, who drove fast cars and lived in a fancy house in north Vegas.
She phoned often and came back to Canada for visits.
Grant eventually learned her daughter's so-called fiance was a pimp with a prior conviction for spousal assault, and that Foster was working as a prostitute for an escort agency. Foster had twice been arrested for solicitation in 2005.
Prior to her disappearance, Foster travelled to Nevada, New York and Florida with high school friend Donald Vaz.
She called home and said he asked her to earn funds turning tricks because he gambled his money away.
Despite her work in the prostitution trade, Foster kept in touch with family unfailingly, Grant says.
In March 2006, Foster called home to announce she was coming to Kamloops for a visit in a few days and on to Calgary for her stepsister's wedding.
She never arrived.
March 28, 2006, was the last day Foster was seen alive. Since then, Foster's credit cards and bank accounts haven't been touched.
Her frequently used cellphone hasn't been used.
All of these clues are leading Grant to the same horrible conclusion and she is doing everything she can to keep Foster's story alive.
"I want her to be Canada's poster child for human trafficking. It's a symbol of the whole thing. Human trafficking needs to take on a face so people will remember," says Grant.
"Whether she's back or still missing, whether she's alive or not alive, she's already helped a lot of other people start talking about this."
Her website, http://www.jessiefoster.ca/ ,and YouTube montages offer a $50,000 reward for information about Foster's whereabouts. She spends hours every day trying to track down leads.
"We're slowly getting Jessie's case saturated around the world. I write enough stories and tag her enough that her name is alive out there."
Grant says she doesn't want to think about her daughter's death because she wants to focus on finding her alive.
"I think the absolute worst is knowing you're never going to see your child again, but I think I will see Jessie again. I know I will."
Calgary detectives have an average caseload of 3,200 missing person reports each year, but "99 per cent of those people are found or find their way home," says Det. John Hebert of the Calgary Police Service major crimes unit.
Calgary simply doesn't have a number of unsolved, high-profile cases of local women disappearing under sinister circumstances.
"We're certainly not seeing them. In terms of missing persons, we're seeing resolutions of the vast majority of cases as opposed to having a great number of outstanding ones," says Hebert
"The vast majority of our outstanding missing persons that are reported are resolved in one way or another in a reasonably timely manner."
In the past decade, there are two outstanding cases of women who disappeared under questionable circumstances.
Marie Rosa Ciciolla, 35, was last seen July 20, 2006, getting into a vehicle on the corner of one of the city's most notorious sex trade strolls, 19th Avenue and 44th Street S.E.
Since April, there have been five more reports of missing women, but no indications of foul play, police say.
"In a comparison to what I've seen in the '90s in Vancouver to what you see here is vastly different," says Hebert.
"You can say that about a number of port cities, blue collar versus white collar, it really depends on the vibe of the city."