Volume 93, Issue 95

Wednesday, March 29, 2000


Computers stolen from SSC offices

Research gets $18.5M boost

Western student still missing

Alcohol consumptions leads to - less sex?

Multiple arrests made at T.O. rave

Biotechnological food explained in magazine

Settlers have hard time finding jobs


Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

Western student still missing

By Tola Afolabi
Gazette Staff

Contrary to local reports, Western student Joel Tayler is still missing.

"The news is wrong," said Mary Tayler, mother of the second-year economics student who disappeared without a trace on March 13. "We have not heard anything. Nobody can find him."

Yesterday, local news reported that Joel had been found in North Carolina, however his mother confirmed the information was incorrect and said these false reports may have stemmed in part from his connection to the American state. "He has a friend in North Carolina," she said. "There's not been any definite location."

Still, Mary said she was not dismissing North Carolina as the possible location of her son. "I don't know where he is – there's a good chance that is where he is, but we don't know until we have proof," she said.

However, one of Joel's friends may have been in contact with him last week, Mary said. "A boy Joel knows in Toronto was talking [with him] in a chat room," she said.

Despite this update, London Police Const. Tracey Frizell said police have not received any further leads in the case. "It's not been confirmed that he's located yet," she said.

She added North Carolina police were also working on the case and the alleged internet contact had yet to be confirmed. "We haven't confirmed that it's him or not," she said and would not discuss any further details.

Although the circumstances of Joel's disappearance remain unclear, Barbara Snider, the Eastern Canada case director for the Missing Children Society, said most runaways were adolescents. "Most cases of runaways are usually between the ages of 12 to 15 years old," she said.

Snider said stress was a major reason which caused a runaway to leave. "Pressures build up, they feel they can't cope anymore and they leave," she said.

She added most runaways neglected to contact family, causing loved ones to fear the worst. "They don't tend to think about family," she said, adding if family was notified, it was not until several weeks later and usually indirectly, through a friend of the runaway.

Snider said most runaways are planned and clothing and money are usually taken. "If it's planned, they know they're going to have to survive out there for a little while," she said.

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