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North Bay cold case: Search continues for Luke Joly-Durocher

North Bay, Ont. is a small, quiet city with a shoreline nestled alongside the northeastern a part of Lake Nipissing. But W5 reporter Genevieve Beauchemin, W5 Producer Eric Szeto and W5 Director of Photography Jerry Vienneau spent their first days there wriggling by means of a darkish, damp and soiled crawlspace. They had been trying for proof, 11 years after Luke Joly-Durocher vanished.

Beauchemin, Szeto and Vienneau met non-public investigator Ellen White and Luke’s dad, Rob Joly, within the multi-unit residential constructing the place Luke deliberate to stick with buddies the night time he went lacking.

While it’s nonetheless not identified what occurred to Luke, tipsters who White spoke to consider he was a sufferer of foul play. They additionally consider Luke’s physique could have been taken to this constructing.

With flashlights in hand, they squirmed by means of the crawlspace and wiped away spider webs and dirt within the hopes of discovering key proof left behind: a blanket, Luke’s bag and Luke’s distinctive purple belt.

W5 Producer Eric Szeto and Director of Photography Jerry Vienneau accompany Rob Joly in a crawlspace in North Bay, the place he and personal investigator Ellen White searched for clues within the disappearance of Luke Joly-Durocher.

They peered by means of the darkish, shined flashlights into crevasses and examined stains on the partitions. It was Rob’s first time within the constructing since his son went lacking.

Joly and White’s unlikely partnership started in 2020, when Rob attended certainly one of Ellen White’s lacking individuals occasions.

“Rob came to meet us, complete with a poster board with all of the stories about Luke, and he shared with us some of the things he had done to try to find his son,” Ellen instructed W5. “And they were above and beyond… Rob really touched our hearts when he talked about hiring a tracking dog and walking down the streets of North Bay himself, trying to pick up a trace of his missing son.”

Rob says the 2 teamed up simply because the case was getting cold.

“I think everything happens for a reason. And for Ellen to come into the picture was a tremendous help to us. She was a godsend… I just said you know what? I’m going to open up to you and I’m going to tell you my story,” he instructed W5.

Luke Joly-Durocher has been lacking for greater than a decade. His father, Rob Joly, and Private Investigator Ellen White, search by means of a crawlspace in North Bay in an try to search out key proof left behind.

Together, they’re fearless. W5 adopted them as they knocked on doorways by means of North Bay’s downtown — an space that White describes as “turbulent” and even “unsafe.” After quite a few failed makes an attempt, they situated a tipster they’ve been hoping to speak to for months.

They’ve logged a number of hundred hours of visits, interviews and communication with potential tipsters in Luke’s case.

“We’ve done a couple of foot searches and we’re planning more. Ellen is just so street smart and knowledgeable when it comes to situations like this,” Rob mentioned.

White’s investigative course of started with a tip line.

“We maintain a 24/7 line …. We will interview people by Zoom, by telephone and in this case, we interview people at their doors, in their homes. Sometimes they expect us. Most of the time they don’t.”

Although Ellen has greater than a decade of expertise as a PI, she’s fast to level out that Rob has a knack for this as effectively.

“When we started on the investigation, we started to get tips very quickly; we went to some sketchy areas and at the beginning we had Rob stand aside while I would knock at the door. He is one of the more remarkable human beings I’ve ever met and would actually console the people we interviewed and be compassionate with them. He’s been like a co-worker during this experience.”

Ellen says Rob creates an atmosphere the place insiders are keen to talk brazenly as a result of he by no means passes judgment on them.

“People have said to us, ‘I’m comfortable speaking with you. But I’m not comfortable in speaking with police.’ We’ve said ‘okay, would you like to speak with the father?’ And in a lot of cases, they’ve done so… Once they’ve seen that there is no judgment there, there is compassion.”

Through their work, Rob and Ellen have heard many occasions that Luke could have been killed close to the residence he was staying. Over the years, a lot has been mentioned in regards to the case, making it more and more tough to parse out truth from hearsay.

Luke Joly-Durocher seemingly vanished in 2011. More than a decade later, his father, Rob Joly, and personal investigator Ellen White, proceed to look for solutions. They searched by means of a darkish, damp crawlspace in North Bay trying for objects belonging to Luke.

In truth, in 2011, one particular tip had a serious damaging impression on the investigation, with lasting results. Someone got here ahead claiming Luke had been killed and his physique had been dumped close to his hometown of Temiscaming in Quebec. The tip turned out to be false. That identical particular person was ultimately charged and sentenced to jail time for deceptive police in 2013.

Rob learn a sufferer impression assertion to the courtroom, crammed with heartbreak.

“If your child went missing, how would you feel, let alone having to deal with these endless lies and to see the extensive searches conducted… what valuable time wasted and no closure, “ it reads.

He insists that despite the emotional turmoil he’s experienced, he’ll never stop looking for Luke.

“This was my son. This is my son that I love dearly. And I’m here to forgive. But I want to know what happened to my son …. Our family has suffered long enough and we’re still suffering to this day.”

Watch CTV W5’s documentary ‘Vanished’ on Saturday at 7 p.m.



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