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ARTICLE #56) Montel to air tragic story

Sunday, April 15, 2007
Montel to air tragic story
Calgary Sun by Tarina White

A year after a young Calgary woman vanished in Sin City, her mother is hoping spotlighting the disappearance on a U.S. talk show will bring her daughter home.

Glendene Grant is flying to New York City on Tuesday to tape an episode of The Montel Williams Show about women who get lured into the sex trade and wind up missing.

Jessica Foster, 21, disappeared in March 2006 after travelling to Las Vegas, where she wound up working as a prostitute and was, at one point, beaten so badly she was hospitalized.

Grant yesterday said her daughter's case needs major TV exposure to be solved, pointing to the media frenzy surrounding the disappearances of Laci Peterson and Elizabeth Smart.

"I need Jessie to be that recognized, I don't believe she deserves any less," she said, adding the episode is expected to air in a few weeks. "I still think she's alive and I think she's out there and needs to be found."

Family and friends in Calgary are hosting a fundraiser tonight to collect donations for the family's ongoing investigation.

The silent auction fundraiser will be held at Jameson's Irish Pub, 3575 20 Ave. N.E., at 6 p.m. Call 282-2979 for information.

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