Friday, September 19, 2008

ARTICLE #24) Friends and family of Jessica Foster hold garage sale to finance search for her in U.S.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Friends and family of Jessica Foster hold garage sale to finance search for her in U.S.
CityNews by Staff

Friends and family of a missing Calgary woman held a fundraiser over the weekend to help pay the cost of their search for her. All day Saturday and Sunday, they sold used and donated items laid out on the front lawn of a home on Wapiti Drive Southeast, with photos and newspaper clippings about 21-year-old Jessica Foster on display to remind everyone about what the sale was for.

Foster came to live with her father in Calgary when she was 16, after her parents separated. She graduated from high school here as a Grade A student, and then made a trip to Las Vegas, where she decided to stay on. She remained in touch with her family, who didn’t know her real situation there. It wasn’t until they lost contact with her in March and apparently disappeared, that they hired a private investigator to find her. That was when they learned that Foster had ended up in the Las Vegas sex trade.

There has been no word on her whereabouts since then, and as each day goes by, her father’s fears grow that something terrible has happened to her. The weekend garage sale raised money to continue the private search for her.

“The family is not giving up,” said Dwight Foster, Jesicca’s dad. “We are doing all we can to keep Jessie in the thoughts and hearts of everybody out there, and keeping her on the radar, so to speak.”

Among the items for sale on Sunday was a game jersey autographed and donated by Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla. It was expected to garner more than $200 for the family, which raised about $1,500 dollars over the weekend to continue their search.

If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the Jessica Foster Trust Fund at any branch of the CIBC bank.

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