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ARTICLE #12) U.S. search more grim each day: PI hopes Geraldo show will lead to tips in search for Calgary woman
Friday April 28, 2006
U.S. search more grim each day: PI hopes Geraldo show will lead to tips in search for Calgary woman
Calgary Sun by Sarah Kennedy
The chances of finding Jessica Foster alive in the Las Vegas underworld are less likely as time passes, said the private eye hired to find her.
Mike Kirkman is on the hunt in Sin City for the 21-year-old Calgarian who, after almost a year of daily contact with her family back home, hasn't been heard from in a month.
"Each day that passes, the prognosis is grimmer," said Kirkman, a 25-year PI. "I'm trying to resolve the case to give the family answers but we're not getting any co-operation from the person she lived with."
Phone records show no calls have been made from Jessica's phone in about a month and she hasn't taken any money out of her back account, said Kirkman.
Foster's parents, Dwight Foster, a Calgary resident, and Glendene Grant, of Kamloops, called Kirkman to find answers.
Through his investigation, he discovered Foster, formerly a straight-A student who avoided trouble, was sucked into the city's seedy sex trade. Hospital records show she was badly beaten at one point.
The PI said he's hoping tonight's broadcast of the case on Geraldo Rivera's news show will help generate tips.
"When these things break, you've got to follow every lead and it just takes one good one," he said.
Det. Dave Molnar of the Las Vegas police department said they are still actively investigating the case.
Foster went to the U.S. last year with a friend to do some travelling and eventually ended up in Las Vegas.
A trust fund called Jessica Foster in Trust has been set up at the CIBC bank in Kamloops to help cover the cost of the private investigator.
Anyone with information can call Kirkman at 702-897-6820.