Volume 94, Issue 38

Tuesday, November 18, 2000


Homeless get a vote

Hate crimes committee bolstered

Better youth turnout a goal for elections

York U. strike could be over soon

UPD urges students to call Foot Patrol

Campus Briefs

Quirks and Smirks

Ontario labour law questioned

Missing triplets spotted in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Planet Me

Missing triplets spotted in Halifax, Nova Scotia

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

Triplets who were abducted from their Stratford home Oct. 14 remain missing, but have been sighted near Halifax.

Sgt. Bill Price, head of the Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers unit, said last week, Crime Stoppers received a call from a man who said he had rented a cottage from Oct. 17 to 23 to a woman and three children. He explained the woman and children fit the description of Cariline Vandenelsen and her triplets, Gray, Olivia and Peter.

The sighting was in Queensland, Nova Scotia which is near Halifax, Price added.

The individual matching the description of Vandenelsen was also seen driving a 1989 blue Hyundai, which Vandenelsen was seen driving before she and the triplets disappeared, Price said. According to Price, the tipster also said the woman said she was going to Prince Edward Island after her stay in Nova Scotia.

Police services in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, along with Canada Customs have been notified of the sighting, he said.

"It's a question of wait and see," Price explained. "She will surface, it's just a matter of where and when."

Craig Merkley, father of the missing triplets, who were last seen with their mother during a regular visitation period three weeks ago, said he was cautiously optimistic about the sighting. "At least it's a tip. It's something to hold on to, but you're afraid to get your hopes up."

Merkely said he did not know of any acquaintances of Vandenelsen who lived on the East Coast, but added this might work in her favour. "I don't think she has any friends out there," he said. "Maybe that's the best place for her to be – somewhere nobody knows her."

Vandenelsen also collapsed bank accounts and joint registered retirement savings plans, containing large amounts of Merkley's money before disappearing, he said.

Close friend of Merkley, Teresa Hollingsworth, who works with Merkley at the Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority in London, said his friends and family have banded together to help Merkley and find the triplets. Hollingsworth said the group has established a trust fund to assist Merkley.

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