Missing Persons

The Hamilton Police Missing Persons Unit currently oversees over 1,700 cases each year. The majority of missing persons are located within three days and most are located within 24 hours of being reported missing. However, some investigations can go on for months, even years. As each day passes, a missing person cold case grows a little colder. The Hamilton Police Service is reaching out to the community in an effort to keep the memories of these individuals alive by providing information on unsolved missing persons. Below are brief profiles of unsolved missing persons dating back to 1972. If you have any information about any of these missing people, you are asked to contact the investigators below.

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2018

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February
2018
William Bokstein left his residence on February 23, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. to take his daughter to school. After dropping her off, it is believed that Mr. Bokstein travelled to Niagara Falls. On February 25, 2018, Mr Bokstein was captured on video near

2014

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September
2014
Ivica Batusic left Fifty Point Marina in his sailboat at approximately 5:00 p.m. on September 6, 2014. He was due to return to the Marina by 8 p.m. but he never arrived. His wife called Trenton Marine Rescue and a search by air, sea and shoreline

2011

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October
2011
Othman Marif was reported missing to the Hamilton Police Service on October 27, 2011. Marif was last seen by his wife on October 19, 2011 between 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. at his Hamilton residence. Marif is believed to have left his residence on

2010

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June
2010
Jocelyn Lacroix was reported missing by a friend who had not seen him in over a month. Mr. Lacroix was last seen on June 24, 2010 when he was dropped off by a friend to pick up a prescription at a medical clinic. The clinic reports that Mr. Lacroix

2009

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September
2009
Michael Steven Gagich departed his residence around 8:00 a.m. on September 6, 2009, and left a note for his parents indicating that he was leaving for the weekend. Mr. Gagich's vehicle was located on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at approximately
05
September
2009
Jeffrey Dekleyn was last seen by his parents on Saturday, September 5, 2009, when he went to bed. His parents woke up the next morning to find a note saying he was gone for the weekend and has never been seen or heard from again. Mr. Dekleyn is

2006

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June
2006
John Saulitis left his family home on June 22, 2006, and has never been heard from or seen since. John was an outdoorsman and would often leave for weeks at a time without notice to his family. The family did not report him missing until August 2006

2004

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April
2004
Roy (George) Taylor was last seen in the evening at his residence on Friday, April 2, 2004. His residence is adjacent to the Bruce Trail in Stoney Creek. Roy was immediately reported missing to police by his wife. While Roy has no known medical

2002

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October
2002
Diane has been missing from the family home since October 28, 2002. Ms. Yates struggled with debilitating mental health issues for most of her adult life. On October 28, 2002, a tourist located Ms. Yates glasses and purse by the edge of the Niagara
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February
2002
Susan Yvonne Gourley was last seen in early November 2001 in the area of Barton St. and Stirton Ave, Hamilton. Ms. Gourley’s mother reported her missing on February 28, 2002, after not hearing from her for a longer than normal period of time. Ms.

1999

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October
1999
Mark Edmonson was last seen on October 3, 1999, around 9:30 p.m. at his sister’s home in Hamilton. Mr. Edmonson may have left to ‘go on the road’ as he has been heard saying in the past. Mr. Edmonson is described as a white male, 5’8 (173 cm),
30
August
1999
Dana Zelic disappeared from her residence on August 30, 1999. Ms. Zelic has not returned and has not contacted any of her family members since that time. Her whereabouts are unknown, although she has had connections to the Greater Toronto and

1998

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October
1998
Phillip Mullen was last seen leaving his family home at 1:45 p.m. on October 4, 1998. Mr. Mullen drove to Niagara Falls and parked his vehicle in a Niagara Parks Authority parking lot. Mr. Mullen suffers from Parkinson’s disease and has been without

1997

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January
1997
Darcy Puddicomb was last seen on January 7, 1997 at 7:15 a.m. Mr. Puddicomb left his Mountain residence and started to walk to work. Based on information, Mr. Puddicomb was at the 7-Eleven store located at Main Street East and Ashford Street at

1994

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February
1994
William Ruthven was an employee of Peninsula Air and considered an experienced pilot. On February 24, 1994, Mr. Ruthven rented a single engine Piper Cherokee 140 airplane with call sign #CGX GC to take aerial photos. The aircraft left Mount Hope’s

1990

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December
1990
John Paul Cordeiro has been missing since December 15, 1990. Mr. Cordeiro was last seen wearing a blue polo sweatshirt and blue jeans. Mr. Cordeiro is believed to have been abducted from his home by a stranger. Mr Cordeiro is described as a white

1981

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December
1981
Walter G. Wilson was reported missing by his brother Harold Wilson on December 30, 1981. Mr. Wilson last spoke to his daughter on December 23, 1981, when she asked him to stay with her over the holidays but he declined. When she went to check on her