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ARTICLE #8) Talk show host Geraldo picks up story on missing city woman

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Talk show host Geraldo picks up story on missing city woman
The Kamloops Daily News by Jason Hewlett

The case of a Kamloops woman missing in Las Vegas has attracted the attention of an infamous TV journalist.

FOX news correspondent Geraldo Rivera will spotlight Jessie Foster’s story on an upcoming episode of Geraldo at Large, with film crews travelling to Kamloops today or Wednesday to conduct interviews with family, Dwight Foster, Jessie’s dad, said Monday.

The show’s press secretary called Foster Friday to arrange the interview. He drove from Calgary to Kamloops on Monday night, he said.

“They were trying to get an interview set up with Glendene (Grant, Jessie’s mom) and I and they couldn’t send a crew to Kamloops and Calgary,” Foster said.

Foster hired Mike Kirkman, a private investigator with Las Vegas Detectives, to find his daughter. Kirkman said Rivera became interested in the missing woman after her story appeared in newspapers and on TV on both sides of the border.

Jessie, 21, disappeared three weeks ago after living in Las Vegas for about a year. Kirkman’s investigation revealed she started dating a man who may be a pimp shortly after moving to Las Vegas. His wife is a known prostitute who allegedly threatened Jessie on numerous occasions.

Kirkman said he believes the story will make for interesting television.

“A young, pretty girl from Canada comes down, meets the wrong guy, was arrested for prostitution and goes missing,” he said.

“It’s a awkward case because law enforcement looks at it as a missing person. It’s not a crime to be missing. Unless a crime is committed they don’t work it much.”

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