2004-PURCELL, Leonette M-12/16/2004

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2004-PURCELL, Leonette M-12/16/2004

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14 Oct 2006, 15:05 #1

Lee’s family has lost all hope

By MICHAEL LIGHTSTONE Staff Reporter

The mystery of a Nova Scotia woman who vanished without a trace in December 2004 has taken a sad turn with her family filing a court application to have her declared legally dead.

Brian Purcell made the move with respect to his wife, Leonette, last month, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court document says, and the matter is to be heard before a judge in Halifax on Tuesday.

In affidavits filed by Mr. Purcell, his son and an RCMP officer, the strange case of what happened to the Grand Lake resident is referred to in plain language. The court documents say "a massive police investigation" failed to turn up Mrs. Purcell, who is "suspected of having met with foul play."

The Purcell family has lost all hope of finding their loved one alive but as far as the police are concerned, the case remains open.

"It’s still ongoing," Cpl. Joe Taplin told The Chronicle Herald this week. "It’s still a missing person’s case to us."

Mr. Purcell’s affidavit, sworn in Halifax on June 30, says he and his wife have been together for more than 30 years. It says the man has no hope of seeing his wife alive.

"On the morning of Dec. 16 . . . my wife went missing, apparently after going out to the mailbox," the affidavit says. "I last saw her earlier that morning before leaving for work."

Cpl. Patrick Moran, the lead officer on the case, says in a court document his probe found that items in the Purcells’ home "were discovered to be out of place or disturbed contrary to normal routine and appeared to be of a suspicious nature."

It says an extensive ground, air and water search (in Grand Lake) over several days failed to reveal clues about the woman’s whereabouts.

The police officer’s affidavit, sworn in Halifax on July 19, also says "Ms. Purcell’s personal banking and communications devices have not been accessed since her disappearance."

Another court document, filed this month on behalf of the Purcells’ adult son, Steven, supports his father’s presumption-of-death application.

"I have not heard any news about my mother and to the best of my knowledge no other person has heard from her either," it says. "I have no reason to believe that she may still be alive."

Brian Purcell’s lawyer, Scott Lytle, declined comment Friday. In a court document, Mr. Lytle says "there are reasonable grounds to show that Mrs. Purcell, is . . . dead." It says her date of death should be Dec. 16, 2004.

Mrs. Purcell was 56 at the time of her disappearance.

She is described as five-foot-two, about 135 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

The family home is situated at 5560 Highway 2, a few kilometres from Halifax International Airport.

Investigators are interested in learning the identities of two men seen at the Irving Big Stop in Enfield at about 10 a.m. the day she went missing.

One of those men used one of the seven pay phones at the gas station to call the Purcell residence at that time. That call lasted up to four minutes.

The two men were spotted on a video surveillance tape obtained from the Irving station. They’re seen in the convenience store section of the gas station but "the video image is not of sufficient quality to permit investigators to identify the men," Cpl. Moran’s affidavit says.

Police also want to hear from anyone who saw Mrs. Purcell the day she vanished, perhaps as she went to her mailbox. Anyone with information about the missing woman is asked to call RCMP at 902-864-6000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

( mlightstone@herald.ca)


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Nova Scotia government adds missing person case to rewards program
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HALIFAX, N.S. — The Nova Scotia Justice Department is adding a missing person case to the province's rewards for major unsolved crimes program.

Cash rewards of up to $150,000 are available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people in the case of Leonette Marie Purcell of Grand Lake.

The 60-year-old homemaker has not been seen or heard from since she disappeared Dec. 16, 2004, from her home on Highway 2, near the Halifax airport.

An extensive search of the Grand Lake area was unsuccessful.

Authorities want to identify two males who were seen on a security camera at the Enfield Irving Big Stop - one was seen calling her home the day she disappeared.

People with information can call toll-free at 1-888-710-9090.
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21 Dec 2008, 23:03 #4

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story...ell-reward.html

Nova Scotia offers reward to close 4-year-old case of missing woman
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | 10:41 AM AT Comments2Recommend31CBC News
RCMP say a man called the Purcell home from a gas station the morning Leonette vanished. (RCMP)The unsolved case of a Leonette Purcell, a missing woman from Grand Lake, has been added to Nova Scotia's $150,000 cash reward program.

Purcell was 56 when she was last seen at her home on Dec. 16, 2004. There has been no sign of her since then and her bank account hasn't been touched.

Investigators are still hoping to identify two men who were spotted on a security camera at the Irving Big Stop in Enfield, one of whom called the Purcell home the morning Leonette vanished.

Brian Purcell reported his wife missing after he returned home the evening of Dec. 16.

He told police the lights were off and the car was still in the driveway. His wife's purse and a floral-print, queen-sized bedspread were the only items gone from the house.

RCMP said there was no evidence of a struggle in the home or any signs of foul play.

Under the province's cash reward program, anyone who provides information leading to a conviction is eligible to receive $150,000. Those who come forward are required to give their name and contact information, and may be called to testify in court.

There are now more than 50 unsolved homicide and missing-persons cases listed in the reward program. Some go back to the 1950s.

The cash reward was $50,000 until September, when Justice Minister Cecil Clarke said that amount had to be tripled to encourage people to come forward.

At the time, the department said it had received several tips since the reward program was launched in October 2006, though none had led to an arrest.
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21 Dec 2008, 23:05 #5

http://www.nampn.org/cases/purcell_leonette_m.html
Leonette Marie Purcell


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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance



Missing Since: December 16, 2004 form Grand Lake, Nova Scotia
Classification: Missing
Date Of Birth: circa 1948
Age: 56
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 135 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Race: White
Gender: Female
AKA: Leonette Marie Lee


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Details of Disappearance
Leonette Purcell, a 56-year-old homemaker has not been seen or heard from since she disappeared from her Grand Lake home near Fall River on the morning of December 16, 2004. The family home is situated at 5560 Highway 2, a few kilometres from Halifax International Airport. Items in the Purcells' home "were discovered to be out of place or disturbed contrary to normal routine and appeared to be of a suspicious nature". Police believe she has met with foul play and are keeping the file open. An extensive ground, air and water search, in Grand Lake, over several days failed to reveal clues about her whereabouts. Her personal banking and communications devices have not been accessed since her disappearance." Investigators are interested in identifying two unidentified males who were seen at about 10 am on a security camera at the Enfield Irving Big Stop, one of whom the camera caught calling the Purcell home on the morning Mrs. Purcell disappeared. That call lasted up to four minutes. Her husband saw the security video and didn't recognize either of the men. Her family is filing a court application to have her declared legally dead.



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Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
RCMP
(902) 864-6000




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21 Dec 2008, 23:08 #6

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1096398.html
150,000 reward to crack Purcell case
Purcell, 56, vanished in 2004
By AMY SMITH Provincial Reporter
Wed. Dec 17 - 5:20 AM
It’s been four years since Leonette (Lee) Marie Purcell disappeared from her Grand Lake home.

Now the Justice Department is hoping a $150,000 reward will help police crack the case of the missing woman, who was 56 when she vanished from her home on Highway 2 near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Dec. 16, 2004.

The province launched rewards under the Major Unsolved Crimes Program in 2006 and now up to $150,000 is being offered for information leading to a conviction in each of more than 50 cases.

Mrs. Purcell’s case was added Tuesday.

"The more that we can get out there the better because so many of these crimes have gone for so long and the loved ones are looking for closure," said Mary Jane Webber, a Justice Department spokeswoman.

"It’s another one that the RCMP is hoping someone will remember something about."

So far, no rewards have been paid out, she said.

Cpl. Joe Taplin, an RCMP spokesman, said police did an extensive ground search in the area where Mrs. Purcell’s disappeared, with no luck.

He said investigators want to learn the identities of two men who were seen at the Irving Big Stop in Enfield at about 10 a.m. the day Mrs. Purcell went missing. One of those men used a payphone at the gas station to call the Purcell residence. The call lasted up to four minutes.

The men have both been described as white, about 30 years old, with average builds and standing about five-foot-nine.

"We’re hoping with the increase in the reward, somebody will come forward with information that could assist us in locating where Lee Purcell is," Cpl. Taplin said. "It’s still a missing person’s case, but a very suspicious missing person (case) because nothing has ever been touched since she left. That means her bank accounts or anything."

In an interview in 2005, Brian Purcell said he knew something was wrong "right off the bat" when he arrived home on Dec. 16, 2004, at about 4:30 p.m. and his wife of 33 years wasn’t home.

He said the door of their house was unlocked, the cleaning supplies his wife had been using weren’t put away and the phone was unplugged. Mrs. Purcell’s keys and her winter coat were still there and the car was in the driveway, but her purse was missing.

Mr. Purcell said he started calling his wife’s friends and by 6 p.m. he called 911 to report his wife was missing. Mrs. Purcell, who was 56 at the time of her disappearance, is described as five-foot-two and 135 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She wore glasses. He said his wife was well-liked with no enemies and would never have left willingly without letting someone know what she planned.

"In my mind, I feel the two people who made the call were responsible or know something," Mr. Purcell said in the interview.

Also missing from the home was a queen-sized bedspread. Mr. Purcell said he noticed the bedspread was missing, but he assumed police had taken it and it was only after speaking with officers that he realized it must have disappeared along with his wife.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call 1-888-710-9090.
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21 Dec 2013, 14:18 #7

http://www.trurodaily.com/News/Local/2013-...nette-Purcell/1

Police continue to investigate the disappearance of Leonette Purcell
Published on December 16, 2013

GRAND LAKE - Monday marks nine years since the disappearance of Leonette Purcell.

Purcell, 56 years old, has not been seen or heard from since she disappeared on Dec. 16, 2004, from her Grand Lake home.

Items in the Purcell's home appeared out of place or disturbed contrary to normal routine. An extensive search in the area of Grand Lake failed to reveal her whereabouts.

Police feel that the disappearance is suspicious.

Anyone with information regarding Purcell’s disappearance are encouraged to call any RCMP office, Halifax Regional Police or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, texting TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for the disappearance of Purcell can also call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.
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