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ARTICLE #14) Barbecue fundraiser to assist in finding local woman
Friday, May 5, 2006
Barbecue fundraiser to assist in finding local woman
The Kamloops Daily News by Jason Hewlett
The search for a missing Kamloops woman continued Thursday as did fundraising efforts to keep the investigation into her disappearance going.
Glendene Grant has organized a backyard barbecue for May 13 as a way of raising money to finance a Las Vegas private eye’s ongoing investigation into the disappearance of her daughter, Jessie Foster.
“The main thing is the PI but…it’s all going to find Jessie,” she said.
The barbecue kicks off at 4 p.m. at Grant’s house at 834 Dominion St. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. The meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables. There will be hamburgers and smokies for the kids.
Cooper’s Foods is supplying the fixings with Save-On-Foods donating a big barbecue, Grant said.
She chose the date because it’s the day before Mother’s Day and two weeks before Jessie’s 22nd birthday.
“I’ll probably be a basket case after that,” she said.
Dwight Foster, Jessie’s dad, hired Las Vegas Detectives investigator Mike Kirkman to find his daughter three weeks ago. Jessie disappeared in late March after living in Las Vegas for almost a year.
So far Kirkman’s investigation has revealed Jessie started dating a man who may be a pimp shortly after moving to Las Vegas. The man’s wife is a known prostitute who allegedly threatened Jessie on numerous occasions.
“We’ve had no positive progress,” Kirkman said in a phone interview Thursday.
“We’ve had some leads but they didn’t turn out to be anything.”
Kirkman promised to continue his investigation until Jessie is found or the trail turns cold.
For more information on the barbecue call Grant at 374-6137. To learn more about the search for Jessie go online to http://www.jessiefoster.ca.