Friday, September 19, 2008

ARTICLE #116) Keep holding on

Sunday, March 30, 2008
Keep holding on
Edmonton Sun by Renato Gandia

Two years after an Alberta woman – believed to be a victim of a human-trafficking ring – went missing in Las Vegas, her mom clings to the hope she will be found alive.

“We’ve never gone through a mourning process because, myself anyway, I don’t believe that Jessie is dead,” said Glendene Grant, who spoke with Sun Media from her residence in Kamloops, B.C.

Jessie Foster disappeared on March 28, 2005. Once a straight-A student, she travelled twice to the U.S. in the spring of 2005 with a man she met at a reggae party who promised to pay the way.

She wound up meeting another man a short time later and by June was already working as a prostitute in Sin City.

Grant said Sunday she was waiting for the results of a DNA test on the burned body of a white woman discovered in Texas close to a home owned by her daughter’s boyfriend – the last person to see her alive.

Following the case has been an emotional roller coaster for the worried mom, she said. “We’re kinda getting stronger now, instead of getting weaker every day.”+

She can talk more easily about her daughter’s disappearance now, she said, but not an hour passes she doesn’t think about her.

“I’ve been given the task to be Jessie’s mom and that meant I have to care of her,” she said. “Right now, my job as Jessie’s mom is to find her.”

Before Foster disappeared she called home every day and was planning on attending her stepsister’s wedding in Calgary.

She will turn 24 on May 27 and Grant hopes she gets some positive news by then.

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