Private detective assisting in the case of the missing person of Luke Joly-Durocher
The family of Luke Joly-Durocher said a private investigator is now helping to find more information about his disappearance.
Joly-Durocher disappeared on March 4, 2011. Originally from Temiscaming, Quebec, Joly-Durocher was last seen in North Bay, Ontario, where he was visiting friends.
Rob Joly, Luke’s father, said at the time that he tried to get hold of his son but was unsuccessful. His disappearance was reported to the police.
“I thought he had just met some friends and was out for the weekend because he left his cat in his apartment,” he said.
“So he said, you know, he’s gonna call me or he’s gonna text me and let me know where he is to pick him up or whatever.”
Joly has not heard from her son. Joly-Durocher’s cell phone, jacket and glasses were all found at the apartment where he was staying.
Joly said he was still looking for Luke.
“There have been times over the past few years when I felt like the case was going cold,” he said.
“And so I just took it upon myself that, you know, I have to keep the conscience here.”
The family now has the help of Ellen White, a private detective, to help them. She said a number of people have contacted her “claiming to have been there the night Luke disappeared”.
“They were very helpful,” she said.
“We also spent many hours in the North Bay community, really going door to door, talking with people.”
“Someone took advantage of it”
White said she also received calls on her inquiry line about the case. She said she believes Joly-Durocher was the victim of a criminal act.
“Certainly we rule everything out. It wasn’t a suicide. It wasn’t a person who left to start a whole new life somewhere else. We see no evidence of an accident and a missing body,” she said.
“But what we see, and we believe Luke was the victim of foul play the day he went missing.”
Joly said he always thought foul play could be a factor in his son’s case.
“You know, Luke is an individual who would give you the coat on your back. And obviously someone took advantage of his kindness,” he said.
“We’re just determined to talk to these people.”
North Bay police confirm to CBC Sudbury that the file is open.
“As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment on the status or any aspect of the investigation,” said David Woolley, corporate communications manager at the force.
“Anyone with information about the disappearance of Luke Joly-Durocher is urged to contact the North Bay Police Department.”
Fresh air18:31After 11 years, family of missing Northern Ontario man now hopes the case will be solved