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A mother's anguish

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jessie_foster.gif I really wish I never had to interview Glendene Grant again.That's not a knock against this wonderful British Columbia woman. But the fact we still talk on a semi-regular basis is a tragic indicator that her missing daughter, Jessie, has yet to be found.If you don't know the story, here it is in a nutshell.Jessie Foster was just 21 years old when she vanished in March 2006, just four months after moving to Las Vegas.The Kamloops resident was apparently chasing her dreams in sin city - but it appears she found a nightmare instead.Jessie got caught up in the sex trade and apparently began working for a local pimp, who has been less than forthcoming about what may have happened to her.Police have run into numerous brick walls and their investigation grows colder by the day.Glendene and her family still cling to the hope Jessie is alive. They believe she may have been forced into the dark, mysterious world of human trafficking.In the meantime, Glendene is doing everything she can to keep her daughter's name in the public domain. She has been interviewed by talk shows across North America - including mine on several occassions - and has even managed to get Jessie's story on shows like Montel Williams, Geraldo Rivera and most recently in the pages of the National Enquirer.She truly believes that every new person who hears about Jessie's case brings her that much closer to finding her beloved daughter.Glendene sent a powerful note out earlier this week which I wanted to share with you - with her permission, of course. It captures perfectly the range of emotions a parent goes through when their child is missing.Please take a few moments to read it, visit this WEBSITE that's been set up for Jessie, and spread the word about her case.And don't forget that on the second Sunday of every month (7-9 p.m. CST), my "Crime and Punishment" show on the Corus and Rawlco radio networks features a new missing persons case in conjunction with the Missing Children's Society of Canada.Here is Glendene's message to the public.As I sat here tonight, thinking about the hard times I have been having in the last week or so...maybe 2 years, but specifically lately. It seems as if I have been getting overwhelmed by it all...again...and I had a 'meltdown' last week. I decided to try to - in as few words as possible - get it out of me. This is what came out and, yes...I do feel somewhat better (that is, if I will ever get 'better' before I find my Jessie). Thank you all for reading & sharing. Sincerely, not just Jessie's mom, but also, Crystal's, Katie's & Jennee's mom - and of course, my baby doodles Maddie's and baby-on-the-way's grandma, Glendene.The more I think about it, the harder it is for me to understand HOW DO I KEEP GOING AT ALL WHEN I HAVE A MISSING DAUGHTER. HOW?I mean, I do know that I still have a husband, 3 other daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson on the way. And they all need me - I know that. And I know that I am not always there for them, even though I do try very hard and I do the best I can for what I have to live with inside my head (and the pain inside my heart that I keep mostly to myself because I know this type of grief would overwhelm most people, my family included...so they do not usually know how much I hurt and cry). It goes on day-after-day, hour-after-hour, minute-after-minute...and sadly, it is now even year-after-year.BUT, HOW DO I DO IT? I do not have a clue. I do get strength from a lot of places. From parents who have lost a child to death...how do you go to your own child's funeral? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I could never do that. EVER. I would simply loose it. But then, others like my very best friend for over 20 years (since June 1987), BRENDA ROSE did what I could never do. She went to her son's funeral. JAMES ROBERT ROSE lived a lifetime in 16 short years, from July 22, 1986 to August 5, 2002. James was hit by a driver at the bottom of the family's driveway, right in front of her eyes. Brenda saw the soul of her son leave his body and go about 3 feet above her head...RIGHT INTO HEAVEN.Ever since then, Brenda has said, "at least I know what happened...that he didn't suffer...that I have a place to visit him" - since then she has said many times, the worst thing possible would be to NOT KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILD IS. Then, a few years later Jessie went missing...Brenda's worst fears came true to me. My worst fears came true to her. We comfort each other all the time.So, I guess the answer is, I go to bed at night, wake up in the morning, do what I can for my family and for Jessie's case, then I go to bed again that night...and so on, and so on, and so on.THAT IS HOW I MANAGE TO KEEP LIVING WITH A MISSING CHILD.I LOVE MY FAMILY SO MUCH. I HAVE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS. WE WOULD BE NO WHERE WITHOUT YOU ALL AND ALL OUR SUPPORTERS IN OUR SEARCH FOR MY BABY GIRL, JESSICA EDITH LOUISE FOSTER, born: May 27, 1984, missing: March 29, 2006 at age 21, age now: 24.Please help me find my Jessie.Glendene Grant.CONTACT INFO:Email (Jessie's Mom): jessiesmom@jessiefoster.caEmail (personal): glendene@telus.net

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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