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Friday, August 31, 2018

Search Ramps Up In Lisa Maas Cold Case

Annan | by Claire McCormack  

Two local men are bringing in reinforcements as they look to conclude a 30 year search.

Two local men are bringing in reinforcements as they continue to search for the remains of Lisa Maas, a 22 year old woman who went missing after a house party in the Woodford area in 1988.

Nick Oldrieve and Matthew Nopper are conducting a search and a dig on September 4th, 5th and 6th at a property in Annan that they have searched before.

The site, which has a well they looked at in the past, actually has four wells and other features Oldrieve and Nopper plan to search.

This time, a team of forensic anthropologists from the University of Toronto will join the search. The head of that team is Tracy Rogers who worked on the Robert Pickton case in Port Coquitlam BC in 2002-2003.

Oldrieve and Nopper are also bringing in a cadaver dog and some ground penetrating radar equipment which detects objects in the ground.

Oldrieve was also recently involved in finding the body of 55 year old Terry Schope in the Owen Sound Harbour. Schope had gone missing in June and was found in July.

Tips that were submitted to their website also helped locate the body of 20 year old Nolan Panchyshyn in the Dornoch area in March.

Web Tips Pour in for Lisa Maas Search

Oldrieve says people can submit tips anonymously, and he says they remain anonymous when or if they are passed on to police.

Please Bring Me Home has become an official not-for-profit organization. The work they have done has been in part, supported by donations of time and resources, like developer Barry Kruisselbrink loaning his digging machinery to the search.

This time around, much of the donations will go to accommodations for the experts who are donating their time to the search.  

As for why the two men, who are not police, spend their time searching for missing people, Oldrieve used to look for missing and runaway kids in Peterborough as a job, and says it's something he's good at and passionate about.

Nopper was involved in the search for Maas years ago, used to work at the Owen Sound Sun Times and has firsthand experience with how it feels to have a missing family member, "It's a horrible feeling and you don't know who to turn to outside of the police, and they do a great job, they helped locate my dad," says Nopper whose father was found deceased after being missing. Nopper says if his father hadn't been found he would still be looking today.

To listen to a 50 minute interview with Oldrieve and Nopper from this week on the Open Line on AM 560 CFOS click HERE

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