News Release For Immediate Release
June 9, 2003
Fear had already gripped this blue-collar Co-op community in Toronto after the abduction and murder of 10-year-old Holly Jones one month ago. After leaving a friends house on foot, Holly was within three blocks of home when she vanished. Sadly, her dismembered body was found floating in bags in Lake Ontario.
Now, a brazen child abductor has struck again in the same housing Co-op neighborhood – not once, but twice in one week.
Whether this is the same fiend that kidnapped and murdered Holly Jones remains to be determined by authorities. Nevertheless, in both of these latest incidences, this thief of childhood didn’t have a chance of getting away with his intended victims.
In one occurrence, a man was attempting to nab a young boy from the nearby grocery store. The abductor fled when the boy’s mother began screaming.
The most recent foiled abduction can also be attributed to the bravery of a mother. On the same street where Holly Jones was last seen alive, a mother and her eight-year-old daughter were walking home from shopping. A man jumped out from an alcove and grabbed the little girl by her wrist. The mother pulled her daughter away and told her to run. The mother also made a run for it, and the abductor took off through the children’s playground and disappeared along nearby railroad tracks.
A Toronto police dragnet, which also includes homicide detectives from the Holly Jones Task Force, is underway in search of the assailant. Described to the police by the mother, the attacker is a white male with grey-hair, 6-feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds.
In light of the recent murder of Holly Jones and the attempted abductions of two other children, all in the same neighborhood, frightened parents are keeping a close eye on their children and trying their best to further ensure the children’s safety through a community watch program.
If anyone has any information about these three incidences, they should call the Holly Jones Task Force at 416-808-8390 or Crime Stoppers, 800-222-8477.