Posts in Halton Region Woman
An Eerie Similarity

Today as the details of Rose Mary Friday's disappearance were being entered onto the site we were struck by an eerie similarity between her and the found, unidentified Halton Region Woman.

Friday went missing in June of 1974, though was not reported missing until October when her husband remarried and his new wife grew suspicious of Rose Mary's sudden absence (we haven't yet determined how he was remarried without a divorce or death certificate for Friday, but we will find out).

Four years after her disappearance, a woman's skeleton was found 30 minutes away from Brampton (Friday's city). 

It's important to note that the likelihood of there being a positive match is very low. Having said that, here are the similarities/differences:

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Halton Woman's news coverage, 1978

The original article about the still-unidentified woman found in Halton gives some extra detail to the case. Two key facts mentioned in the story that aren't in later police missing persons listings are: a) that the Halton Woman was found badly decomposed (which means she may have been there for a long time), b) that no foul play was suspected (this may have changed in the pathologist's report, but it is unavailable).

Once these files are attained it will be interesting to see what the pathologist ruled as time and cause of death. It could help in finding her friends and loved ones with a more precise timeline. 

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Ideal next steps for the Halton Region Woman, found 1978

The more I look at the file on this found, unidentified woman, the more I am convinced that this project needs to exist. The RCMP listing gives a single, almost indistinguishable, black and white photograph of a scrap of clothing to help the public identify this woman. Keep in mind that they list some very unique clothing, such as a "green, yellow...pink and orange floral pattern" homemade jacket. 

Given the volume of evidence found, the ideal next steps would be to take photographs of her clothing. The RCMP report also mentions some very distinguishing features such as missing teeth and "severe osteoarthritis [in her] lower thoracic and lumbar" areas, resulting in high levels of pain. Moreover, (and especially considering there are some talented artists on the internet already doing this in their spare time), confirm whether an artist rendering could be done of her face to approximate her appearance.

After that, it would be a matter of distribution. Social media may not be the best way to go since she was found so long ago (1978) (her relatives and loved ones may not be the Twitter and Facebook types), but perhaps newspaper coverage could really help disseminate some new information about her.

I'll be contacting the RCMP, and will let you know how it unfolds.

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