1982 Gregory, Theresa Ann June 20 1982

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1982 Gregory, Theresa Ann June 20 1982

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17 Nov 2009, 17:33 #1

Family seeks remains in 1982 disappearance
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | 10:54 AM AT Comments8Recommend39.
CBC News
No one has heard from Theresa Ann Gregory since 1982. (Family photo)RCMP are asking the public to help solve the case of woman who disappeared 27 years ago, and who the family believes was murdered.

Theresa Ann Gregory has been missing since 1982. Her family thinks her body lies in an unmarked grave somewhere on P.E.I.

Cheryl Doherty last spoke to her sister on Sunday, June 20, 1982. The next day the 31-year-old Gregory disappeared from her home near Morell, seemingly without a trace. Doherty told CBC News on Monday the last person to see Gregory before she vanished was her husband. He has since died.

"We are appealing to Crime Stoppers in hopes that somebody knows something," said Doherty.

"It's our belief that she's not alive and the goal here is to find her remains, to properly bury her. This is a difficult thing to wake up every day knowing she's possibly buried somewhere in an unmarked grave and we can't leave her there. We have to try to find her."

'We can't leave her there. We have to try to find her.'
— Cheryl DohertyGregory left behind a 16-year-old daughter, and an 11-year-old son.

RCMP said they have exhausted all avenues in finding her — her bank accounts have never been used, her social insurance number has never shown up again — and so they have turned to the public for help in solving the cold case.

Not about 'who did it'
Doherty said any tip may be one that helps the family give Gregory a proper burial.

"Maybe somebody heard a rumour, maybe someone believes she's buried in a particular place," she said.

"Maybe somebody knows something and they're afraid to talk about it, Maybe they're afraid because they waited too long to get the information out. This isn't about how it happened, who did it, it's about finding her remains and anyone that can come up with information to bring us closer to that would be greatly appreciated by the family."

Police are asking anyone with any information to call Crimestoppers or the Montague detachment of the RCMP.

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17 Nov 2009, 17:38 #3

Family issues appeal in case of woman missing since 1982
The Journal Pioneer

BANGOR, P.E.I. — Family members of Theresa Ann Gregory (Byrne) are requesting the help of the public with any information surrounding her June 21, 1982 disappearance from her home in Bangor, near Morell.

The appeal was issued Monday through P.E.I. CrimeStoppers.

There has been no contact with her children or her family for 27 years and all avenues in finding her have been exhausted by the police and family members.

The last person to see Gregory was her husband who has since died. She also left behind two children who were 16 and 11 years old at the time.

The family believes that foul play led to her disappearance and wish to find her remains for proper burial. A family spokeperson says they believe that Gregory was murdered and buried in an unmarked grave.

Paul Stetson, co-ordinator for P.E.I. Crime Stoppers, is asking anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers or Kings District RCMP at 1 902 838-9300
with any information.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime in P.E.I. is asked
to call Crime Stoppers at: 1-800-222-TIPS
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OR text message your tips to CRIMES (274637) with Tip162 in the SMS.

Your tip is completely anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest you
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22 Nov 2009, 03:24 #4

Husband 'only suspect' in '80s disappearance
Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2009 | 8:57 AM AT Comments34Recommend70.
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The RCMP say Theresa Ann Gregory, who disappeared from her P.E.I. home in 1982, was probably killed by her husband, Kenny Gregory, who committed suicide 10 years later.

RCMP Sgt. Denis Morin said police chased several tips about Gregory's whereabouts in the early years of the case. (CBC)
No one has seen Ann Gregory since she disappeared from her home in Bangor, northeast of Charlottetown, in June of that year.

Police called for people to come forward with information about the disappearance this week, and her family hopes to find her remains so that they can give her a proper burial.

"We have nothing to go on," RCMP Sgt. Denis Morin told CBC News on Wednesday.

"She just disappeared on that day."

For years, police treated it as a missing person case. In a 1992 documentary by CBC's The Fifth Estate, RCMP officers said they believed Gregory drove away from her house that day and didn't return.

"There was several sightings everywhere on Mrs. Gregory; that threw us off the lead," said Morin.

"We pursued those leads one by one. Each time we ran into a dead end."

Officially it's still a missing person case because no body has been found. But both police and Gregory's family now believe she is dead. RCMP acknowledge it is probable she was killed by her husband.

"If we happen to find the body of Ann Gregory, I think we can say that Kenny Gregory would have been the main suspect in this case, and the only suspect," Morin said.

Theresa Ann Gregory's husband Kenny had a history of violence against her. (CBC)
Kenny Gregory had a reputation of drinking and violence against Ann Gregory. Police tried to get him to take a polygraph test, but it never occurred. Kenny Gregory killed himself in 1992, taking whatever secrets he'd kept about his wife to his grave.

There are five hectares of swamp and woods near the Gregory home. Police searched the area with a dog and ground-penetrating radar, but found only the remains of a small animal.

Patricia MacKinnon, Ann Gregory's daughter, said the family suspects her remains are on a property in the Morell area. She declined to give further details or reveal what led her family to that spot.

Gregory's sister, Cheryl Doherty, said the family is prepared to hire a crew to search the area if the police will not do so.

"If we have to go with shovels and dig for graves ourselves, we're prepared to do that," she said.

MacKinnon and Doherty said they believe someone may have information that will narrow their search, and are appealing for that person to come forward.

"They have no idea how much peace they would give us. It's not going to hurt us to know the truth. It's hurting us because we don't know the truth," said Doherty.

"We're ready to hear whatever it is we have to hear."

Morin said RCMP have checked into plenty of rumours over the years. What they are hoping for now is concrete leads into what happened, information people may have been too afraid to reveal before.

"There was a lot of people afraid of him at that time. He seemed to have a temper, and a drinking problem, too," he said.

People with information are being asked to call RCMP or Crimestoppers. The family says they're not so much interested in finding out who's responsible as in finding her remains, so they can put both her and this piece of their family history to rest.

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10 Dec 2009, 05:07 #5

Police get new tips in 1982 disappearance
New investigators, new forensic tools
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | 11:05 PM AT Comments0Recommend1.
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RCMP say they have received 11 new tips related to the Theresa Ann Gregory case in the last three weeks.

The Bangor, P.E.I., woman disappeared from her home in June 1982. Police have said they believe she is dead and that it is probable she was killed by her husband, who committed suicide 10 years after she was last seen.

Last month, RCMP called for people to come forward with information about Gregory's disappearance, with the hope that her body could be found and given a proper burial by her family.

Sgt. Denis Morin said three of the 11 tips came to Crime Stoppers while eight went directly to the Montague RCMP.

He refused to give details about the tips.

"Obviously it is a case that dates back to 1982, so only a few people will be in the know of exactly what happened back then," he said. "Any new information that can be brought to us that maybe was never disclosed before is very welcome."

Morin added that old information can be helpful because there are new investigators looking at Gregory's file and they have new tools at their disposal, such as DNA testing.

"If it can be investigated maybe now in a different light with today's skills that we have and techniques we can use … that's something that we can add to the file now."

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17 Nov 2010, 12:05 #6


Police tear down house in search for clues to 28-year-old P.E.I. cold case
Published On Tue Nov 16 2010

BANGOR, P.E.I.—Police seeking clues in the disappearance of a Prince Edward Island woman almost three decades ago have begun tearing down her former home.

Theresa Ann Gregory, who lived in the Bangor area, has not been seen since June 1982 and police say they have no suspects in the case.

RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar said in an interview the methodical demolition of the dilapidated, two-storey house — which has been empty for years — began Tuesday morning.

He said once officers have carefully gone through the structure, the clay basement will be excavated, likely to a depth of several metres. Police expect the process will take several days.

Blackadar said the decision to rip the house apart is not based on any tips about possible evidence or human remains inside. He said police just want to make sure nothing on the property — including possible remains — has been missed.

“Just see if there’s any sign of Ann Gregory, if there’s anything that she may have hidden in the house,” said Blackadar.

“See if there’s anything that anybody else has hidden in the house that may help us locate Ann Gregory or her remains.”

Gregory was living with her husband Kenny Gregory and their two children when she disappeared at the age of 31. Her husband committed suicide in 1992.

Blackadar said the current homeowner, who is not related to the missing woman, gave the RCMP permission to demolish the place.

The police officer added that because it is so rundown, the roof may have collapsed under the weight of another winter’s worth of snow.

“So we just felt it was prudent to get in there before the onset of winter,” said Blackadar. “To have everything excavated while we can still see it, while the ground is still soft, and make sure that we don’t lose any evidence that may be in the house.”

Blackadar said he has been asked why police waited for 28 years to take this step in the investigation.

“If we don’t locate Ann Gregory or her remains, let’s say in the next couple of years, we don’t want somebody to come to us . . . and say, ‘Oh, you missed a certain item that was actually in the house,’ “ said Blackadar.

“We want to make sure that as of this week, everything that could be gotten from the house has been gotten from the house.”

Last year, the woman’s family told police they had dug up clothing and other items in a nearby farmer’s field that they believed were Gregory’s.

Police later said the clothing, footwear and personal items were determined to be from the 1970s or 1980s, but forensic investigators were unable to get a DNA profile.

Bones have also been recovered from the same area as the clothing, but a forensic anthropologist determined they were from an animal.

Last November, RCMP turned to the public for help in solving the case. As a result, investigators have said they received numerous tips.

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17 Nov 2010, 12:07 #7


Mystery tears home apart
Joe O'Connor, National Post · Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

The white house on a secluded stretch of Bangor Road is falling apart. Doors are broken. Doors are missing. Windows are smashed. No one has lived in the old place for years. It is bordered by trees, and sits there forgotten -- but not this week.

Cars are parked in the driveway and a team of RCMP investigators is working away inside, tearing apart what is left of the dilapidated house: Wall by wall, board by board, piece by piece.

Cheryl Doherty waits outside, all the while quietly watching as the police do their work. Keeping a lonely vigil, keeping her fingers crossed that the answer to a painful mystery that has haunted her family for the past 28 years is close at hand.

She was 15 when her older sister, Ann Gregory, disappeared on June 21, 1982. Ann disappearing was not unusual. Ann married a mean drunk, Kenny Gregory, and when Kenny was on a bender his temper would explode. He was abusive, a bully, and when things got really bad Ann would pack up the kids, Patricia and Donnie, and leave the house on Bangor Road in Bangor, P.E.I.

"When I heard the news that she was gone I thought she had left him again," Ms. Doherty says. "That we would hear from her that night or the next day when she got a new apartment somewhere and settled in, because that was Ann's routine."

Only something was different. Ann did not take the kids with her, and the phone call her family was expecting never came. Long days of waiting turned into longer months, months turned into years, and still there was nothing.

The RCMP believed they were dealing with the case of a battered woman who did not want to be found. The family believed Kenny Gregory had murdered their Ann, the prettiest girl you ever saw. She adored her kids. Loved her animals. Loved her garden and playing the guitar.

"She was such a beautiful singer," Ms. Doherty says. "I asked the RCMP to question him, to go into that house and to check his car. But it was easier for them to believe Ann was a runaway than it was for them to go looking for a body."

P.E.I. is a small island. Tips occasionally trickled in to police. There were sightings of Ann, rumours she was alive and living somewhere else in Canada, rumours that she was dead.

People talked.

But Kenny Gregory never did. In 1992, he parked his car on a road not far from the white house, re-routed the exhaust and committed suicide. Some fishermen found the body.

Louis Byrne, Ann's father, died six years later. He left a letter for his surviving children to be opened upon his death.

"He asked me to never stop looking for Ann," says Ms. Doherty. "He never asked me to promise that I would find her -- and he asked me not to let it destroy my life -- but to please bring her home and properly bury her beside my mother and him.

"That is what drove me. That is what keeps me going. She was my sister. She deserved better. I can accept death, and I can accept losing people, but you don't take somebody and put them in a hole in the ground. I can't change what happened. I just want to bring Ann home."

Ms. Doherty kept pushing for the police to do more, kept looking for her sister, for answers. Last November, following up on a tip she says she provided to the authorities about 15 years ago, she went to the house on Bangor Road with a shovel in hand and Ann's daughter, Patricia, in tow.

Not far from the front door, in a tangle of roots and earth, she spotted a green garbage bag, and she began to dig. There were more bags. Some were tied with pantyhose. All were filled with clothes: sweaters, shirts, pants and a red belt that Ms. Doherty knew belonged to her sister.

"She wore it with her jeans," she says.

There were hair curlers, and a gold hair clip Patricia recognized, purses and shoes and more.

It was enough to reignite the RCMP's interest in a cold case. Enough to get them where they are this week, ripping apart a white house, piece by piece.

They do not know what they are looking for, don't know if there is a body inside, but they should know one thing: Ann Gregory's younger sister will be outside watching, waiting with her fingers crossed.

"Finding Ann, oh my goodness, it would give us such a sense of peace," Ms. Doherty says. "It would be such a great gift to have given my parents, to have been able to take her to our cemetery and bury her beside them."