Two years ago, my cousin, Ashley Marie Simpson, 32, disappeared without a trace from her home in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. She had been living there with her boyfriend, Derek Favell, and they had a fight. She took off with a pink suitcase and the clothes on her back.
Sadly, Ashley has not been seen since. To add insult to injury, four other women disappeared within weeks and months of each other.
As of this writing, no one has been charged, and the bodies have not been found.
I have been writing about Ashley in my blog. You can read it here.
You can also read an excellent series by the St. Catharines Standard, the newspaper in Ashley’s hometown which gives you all the details.
Ashley’s story is not new. Every week, we hear about the disappearance of men, women and children in Canada. Still, the disappearance of these four women has galvanized the community of Salmon Arm/Enderby and drawn interest from people not just from Canada, but around the world.
Much of the credit for all of the attention must go to Ashley’s family, her father John and mother Cindy, as well as her big extended family. John has made it his life’s mission to bring Ashley home, and to raise awareness about the plight of those who are missing and murdered in Canada.
His motto is Never Give Up!
The Simpsons have travelled across the country three times in their search for their missing daughter. They have joined forces with the indigenous community in the area where she disappeared. They have raised funds to pay for drones that will continue to help in search and rescue efforts, thereby benefiting many communities where rescue efforts are challenged by geography.
I am pleased to be part of the team at The Missing.ca and I would be happy to help any families who want to tell their stories. Not all of us are writers, but we do share a common purpose and that is to bring our loved ones home and prevent other tragedies.
No parent, spouse, child or friend should lose their loved one in this manner. Help us find the missing. Help us track down the culprits. Help us share information. Sometimes it’s all we have.
I can be contacted at Rosalita54@gmail.com. Please reach out.
And by the way, this is a safe place. Trolls will be sent back to live under the bridges where they belong.
Thanks for reading.