Friday, September 19, 2008

ARTICLE #118) Mom relieved daughter’s DNA didn’t match body found in Texas

Monday, April 14, 2008
Mom relieved daughter’s DNA didn’t match body found in Texas
Vancouver Sun by Neal Hall

KAMLOOPS - A mother said today that her DNA sample provided to U.S. police did not match the DNA of a unidentified woman found dead in Texas in 2006, the same year the woman's daughter disappeared from Las Vegas.

"It is not Jessie, thank God," Glendene Grant said. "Nothing in my heart has ever told me she is dead."

The mother had sent a DNA swab to be used for comparison to the remains of the young woman discovered in Kilgore, Texas on Oct. 29, 2006.

The body was severely burned and can only be identified by DNA or dental records. Grant said it was good news from the Gregg County Sheriff's office in Texas.

The mother said she still believes her daughter is alive and is being held captive by a human trafficking ring in the U.S. Grant's daughter, Jessie Foster, went missing from Las Vegas on March 28, 2006.

Then 21, the former Kamloops resident had been working for an escort agency -- a fact her mother learned after her daughter. Grant hired a private detective in Las Vegas, who believes Foster is dead.

Foster twice travelled to the U.S. in 2005 after meeting a man at a party in Alberta who offered to pay for the trips.

Foster later phoned from Las Vegas and said she was moving in with her rich boyfriend, Peter Todd, who is believed to be the last person to see Foster before she disappeared.

The young woman maintained daily contact with friends and family before she disappeared.

Since she went missing, she has not used her cell phone, credit cards, or accessed her bank accounts.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information about Foster's disappearance on a website devoted to Grant's daughter:

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