NV JESSIE FOSTER: Missing from North Las Vegas, NV - 28 March 2006 - Age 21

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Jessica ''Jessie'' Foster last spoke to her sister by telephone on March 28, 2006 from her residence at the 1000 block of Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas, NV which she shared with her live-in boyfriend Peter Bertrand Todd. Jessie is a Canadian citizen who was lured to Las Vegas in 2005.

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Details of Disappearance
Foster was last contacted by a family member by telephone while at her residence in the vicinity of the 1000 block of Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas, Nevada on March 28, 2006. They never heard from her again.

Her live-in boyfriend, Peter B. Todd, stated she left him on April 3. He stated she left to a go to a dentist appointment and when he returned to the apartment after being out for awhile, she wasn't there and all her belongings were missing, with the exception of her makeup and hair dryer. Foster's loved ones stated it would be uncharacteristic of her to leave those items behind.

After Foster's disappearance, her family learned she had been sex trafficked from Canada, to Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Las Vegas by Donald Vaz, a man she had met in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She thought of him as a friend, in April 2005, he invited her on a trip to New Jersey. From there, they traveled to Nevada.

It was supposed to be just a short trip, and Jessie had two jobs waiting for her back in Canada, but she wound up staying in Nevada. Her family didn't realize that she had gotten involved in prostitution. She kept putting off her return home, and said she'd met a man, Peter Todd, and was moving in with him. Then she said they'd gotten engaged. A photo of Todd is posted with this case summary.

Foster was arrested for prostitution-related offenses in Nevada in June and in September 2005; Todd was her pimp. He had also beaten her, breaking her jaw and sending her to the hospital, the same month as her first arrest. One of the employees at the escort agency Foster worked for noticed she regularly had bruises on her, and believed she was being abused.

Foster did come and visit her family in Canada for the Christmas holidays in 2005, but on Christmas morning, right after everyone had opened their presents, she went to the airport and caught an afternoon flight back to Las Vegas. This is the last time her family saw her, but she continued to keep in touch with them by phone. A few months later, just before she went missing, she told her sister she wanted to leave Todd. He maintains his innocence in her disappearance.

Foster is originally from Canada and grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia before moving to Calgary to live with her father and finish her last two years of high school. After high school, she stayed in Calgary and worked, and planned to eventually attend university. Her family still lives in Canada.

She kept in daily contact with her relatives in Canada and planned to attend her sister's wedding reception in April, but they have not heard from her since her disappearance. She has also not used her credit cards, bank account or cellular phone since March 28. She also left behind $20,000 in the bank, money she'd gotten from a car accident settlement and planned to spend on her education.

Her loved ones fear for her safety. Both American and Canadian police are investigating her case.

Investigating Agency
  • North Las Vegas Police Department 702-633-1773
  • Kamloops, British Columbia Police Department 250-828-3293
 
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Feature: Canadian Mom Searching for Missing Daughter Denied Entry to US Over 21-Year-Old Drug Conviction
from Drug War Chronicle, Issue #489, 6/8/07

Glendene Grant, a 49-year-old resident of Kamloops, British Columbia, never had any interest in visiting the United States. That changed a little more than a year ago, when her daughter, then 21-year-old Jessie Foster went missing in Las Vegas in March 2006. Since then, she has made three trips to the US to talk with investigators and publicize her daughter’s case on TV talk shows.

Jessie Foster traveled to Las Vegas in 2005, and became a prostitute working for an escort service — a fact her mother did not know until she began investigating her disappearance. For more than a year, there has been no sign of her. Her case had been declared “cold” by the North Las Vegas Police Department, but on the suggestion of a US journalist, Grant contacted a new unit in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department dedicated to human trafficking cases, the ATLAS (Anti-Trafficking League Against Slavery). ATLAS agreed to take on the Foster case, saying it had the earmarks of a sex slavery case.

Grant was set to travel to Las Vegas again last week to meet with investigators and local media about the case, but this time she was turned back by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Vancouver airport. The reason? She had a 1986 conviction for marijuana and cocaine possession.

As Drug War Chronicle reported just two weeks ago, both the US and Canada bar people who admit past drug use or have drug convictions from entering the country. Glendene Grant found that out the hard way, and she can’t believe her ancient conviction even matters.

“I was supposed to fly last Monday night, but when I got to the airport, they told me to come back the next day,” Grant told Drug War Chronicle. “I went early and spent three hours talking to one of the agents, and he finally said I would be denied and that I would have to get a waiver — the same form they had given me the night before. I asked to speak to CBP supervisor Patricia Lundy, but I could tell she was not going to listen to anything I had to say. She asked if my daughter had chosen to go to Las Vegas, and when I said yes, she said ‘Then I guess she made her own choices, didn’t she?’ When I asked ‘Are you telling me my daughter chose to be kidnapped?’ she threw me out of the office and called the RCMP to escort me away. It was the most unprofessional behavior I’ve seen in my life.”

“They tried to say I couldn’t cross because of that old drug conviction,” Grant said. “I have never hid it, I had a valid passport, then, for some reason, it became an issue.”
 

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"Anniversaries to me are a happy thing and, to me, this is far from a happy thing," Grant said.

But when her oldest daughter Crystal suggested they name a star for the missing sister and daughter, the permanence of the idea appealed to Grant.

"It was forever," she said. "Jessie could come home tomorrow and have a star named after her or she never gets found and we have our own star."

Tuesday at 6 p.m., Grant and her family will hold a star-naming ceremony and candlelight vigil at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park to share stories and study the night sky where a star now bears the name Missing Jessie Foster.

Jessie, then 21, was last seen on March 29, 2006. She'd been living in Las Vegas for 10 months at the time with a boyfriend who Grant believes lured her to the city to eventually force her into prostitution.

Though police have suggested over the years her daughter may have been killed by a client -- most recently last summer when Jessie's disappearance was linked to the murder of three other women by Neal Falls, who was himself killed by an escort he was attempting to strangle in West Virginia.

But Grant maintains her daughter was likely taken from her home, as her clothing and suitcase were missing, but not her makeup or hair dryer.

"I know my kid better than anyone. She did everyone's hair and she did everyone's makeup and she did her own makeup so well that it looked professional," Grant said. "You're not going to tell me at 21 years old she's going to leave those things behind."

The Falls connection appears not to have panned out.

In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, North Las Vegas Police Officer Aaron Patty told the paper "that angle is not the focus of our investigation."

In the decade since Jessie went missing, Grant has become a speaker and activist on human-trafficking issues, founding the group Mothers Against Human Trafficking and appearing in national and international media.

She said she hopes that work helps other women recognize warning signs before they end up in similar situations.
"They can make a choice that Jessie didn't have," she said.

Grant still believes Jessie is alive. "I would never think that Jessie is dead or believe she is dead unless my heart told me that because I always think, what if she comes home and I have to tell her that I thought she was dead, tell her I stopped looking for her because I didn't think I would ever find her," Grant said.

"Those are things you can never say to a child."
 

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Article from 2017.


North Las Vegas Police ignore pain of human trafficking victim’s mother
by Rolando Larraz
March 29, 2017

Eleven years ago young Jessie Foster spoke over the telephone with her parents in Canada and she sounded normal, upbeat and full of hope and dreams like any other young lady coming to Las Vegas might feel.

On March 24, 2006 Foster spoke with her family in Canada for what was to be the last time she would speak with them; ten days later when she was with her boyfriend — known to Clark County law enforcement as a violent pimp named Peter Todd — she disappeared. It seems that as soon as police in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas learned the name of Jessie Foster’s alleged boyfriend, they dropped the case like a hot potato and seemed to be afraid of that Peter Todd person. Peter Todd, who is also known as Peter Bertrand Todd, apparently scares the Nevada authorities, who say they want nothing to do with him; and according to one police source, they are “afraid of Peter” and will never touch him.

Recently, Jessie Foster’s mother called the North Las Vegas Police to check on the supposed ongoing investigation of her missing daughter and was shocked when the new investigator in Jessie’s case told her that her daughter’s missing case means nothing to her, and she should get over it; she then unsuccessfully tried to contact the Chief of the North Las Vegas Police. The story of Jessie Foster is very similar to many others. A man by the name of Donald Vaz from Calgary, AB, Canada met Jessie Foster, a straight A student, while she was still in high school. In the spring of 2005, he invited Jessie to go on a trip to Florida. Jessie’s mother, Glendene Grant, was not happy about the trip, since it meant Jessie would be going to another country, but Jessie went anyway.

Jessie ended up in Las Vegas and living with Peter Bertrand Todd at 1009 Cornerstone Place in North Las Vegas, where she disappeared on March 29, 2006, without a trace.
Jessie was hospitalized with a broken jaw because of a brutal beating she received from Peter Todd, and then all of a sudden, she disappeared. Las Vegas Tribune has learned that Peter Bernard Todd is involved in human trafficking — which is a polite way to describe what pimps do — something that police so often brag about working to stop with their sting operations, but which produce few arrests and even fewer convictions.

There was no investigation, no search of the home where she was living — as if she was nobody; she was insignificant to every member of the North Las Vegas Police Department and the Las Vegas Metro Police. Perly Viasmensky, Las Vegas Tribune’s General Manager, who has maintained contact with Foster’s family in Canada, wrote a year ago, March 28, 2016 “How can you tell a mother to forget about the disappearance of her daughter, whether she’s been gone for ten years or only a day? A mother can never forget and neither can any of us, who have been following Jessica Foster’s case for ten long years.

“I wrote about her case many times before and I am still puzzled that the authorities of North Las Vegas, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and even the Attorney General’s office never launched an investigation into her disappearance when they have so many people to investigate. They even allowed the persons involved to walk away without even an interview,” said Viasmensky. Recently Jessie’s mother tried to call the North Las Vegas Police Department to ask if there was any progress in the supposed ongoing investigation of her missing daughter; they hung up on her twice; in an email to the Las Vegas Tribune, Ms. Grant wrote the following: “The last time I contacted the NLV PD, they hung up on me and when I called back, I was basically laughed at, and hung up on again. I am still dumbfounded that it happened, as it showed nothing but utter disrespect from the police. And that is not the way to handle anyone, let alone the mother of a woman missing for years.”

Lack of compassion seems to be the trademark of Clark County (North Las Vegas is in Clark County) when they cannot do their job. We asked where Attorney General Catherine Cortes Masto was when one needed her after she won the election for US Senator, bragging about her dedicated involvement in stopping human trafficking.
 

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Jessie Foster was full of life and full of love, according to her mother Glendene Grant. One of four sisters, Jessie was a “popular and absolutely gorgeous” teenager, according to her mother. The girls grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia, a small city in Canada about 300 miles north of Seattle, Washington.

In early 2005, when she was 20, Jessie went on vacation to the United States to spend time in Florida, New York City, and Atlantic City, New Jersey. And then she called her mother from a surprising location: Las Vegas, Nevada. According to Glendene, Jessie called to say she had flown to Las Vegas using some of the savings in her bank account and planned to stay there with a few new friends until her 21st birthday.

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Jessie’s 21st birthday came and went. Days, weeks, and then months passed, and Jessie didn’t return home. Glendene says she and Jessie did stay in constant contact but, with each phone call, Glendene says her daughter came up with a new excuse to delay her return to Canada.

“The next excuse she gave us was, ‘Oh, I met a guy. Oh, I love him. Oh, I’m going to live with him. Oh, he’s wonderful. Oh, we’re engaged! He’s everything,” Glendene said. The man of note was Peter Todd, Jessie’s mother learned, and Jessie said the two were a couple.

In December of 2005 – six months after her 21st birthday, Jessie finally flew back to her family’s house in Canada for a visit. But on Christmas morning, Jessie told her mother that she wanted to go back to her new life in Las Vegas as soon as possible. “I said, ‘What do you mean? It’s Christmas morning!’ She said, ‘No, I want to go back. I really want to see Peter. I really miss him,’” Glendene recalled. “We couldn’t figure it out, but it didn’t matter what we said. She was adamant.”

At 2:00 pm on Christmas Day, the Fosters took Jessie to the airport. “She walked through security,” Glendene said. “And we have never laid eyes on her since.”

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The family did get phone calls from Jessie – but only for a few months. The last time Jessie called anyone in the family was on March 29, 2006, and calls to her phone went unanswered. On April 9, 11 days after Jessie’s last call, Glendene reported her daughter missing to the North Las Vegas Police Department (NVLPD). According to NLVPD Detective Carey McCloud, Sergeant Tom Glazier immediately drove out to see Peter Todd, Jessie’s boyfriend at the time.

Peter reportedly told investigators “he had tried” to report Jessie missing a few days earlier. “[Peter] advised Sgt. Glazier that [Jessie] had moved out of the residence,” Det. McCloud told Dateline. “He showed Sgt. Glazier that all of [Jessie’s] clothes had been removed from the residence.”

Sgt. Glazier reported that he saw no evidence of a crime. He returned to the police station and said that according to Peter, Jessie had left the house with a bundle of clothes and little else. Her car, keys and toiletries were left behind, Sgt. Glazier reported.

After Sgt. Glazier’s visit to the residence, investigators brought Peter in for an interview. According to Det. McCloud, Peter talked in circles, but offered few leads and no incriminating statements.

“He was actually very cooperative,” Det. McCloud told Dateline. “Until [Jessie’s] mom called, he said he didn’t think anything serious was going on. He said, ‘Maybe she just went to someone else.’”

Dateline was unable to locate Peter Todd for comment. Det. McCloud did confirm to Dateline that they do not consider him to be a suspect in Jessie’s disappearance. “At this point in time, there are no open leads for me to follow,” Det. McCloud said. “If one does come in, it’ll come to me. Unfortunately, there are no new leads for me to follow up on. But I certainly would.”

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Jessie Foster would be 35 years old today. She is described as being about 5’6” and weighing about 115 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes. If you know where Jessie is, or have any information on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance, please call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111 and ask for Detective McCloud.
 

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The search for Jessie Foster, a woman who vanished in Las Vegas in 2006

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — "Hilarious, smart, beautiful, absolutely gorgeous, and fun-loving." Those are just a few of the words Glendene Grant uses to describe her daughter, Jessie Foster.

"She was 21 when she went missing," Grant said. "Now, she's 35." However, nobody has seen or heard from Foster since the end of March in 2006.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been that long," Grant said. "And yet, on the other hand, it feels like it’s been forever.”

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Grant believes her daughter was lured to Las Vegas and forced to become a sex worker, who was eventually taken into the underground world of human trafficking. "Jessie's case is greatly suspected to be one of human trafficking," she said.

Even though no one has heard from Foster, or seen her, since 2006, Grant doesn't think she is dead. Searches for her body or remains have led to dead ends, and new leads haven't panned out, according to Grant.

However, she thinks Foster is no longer in the Las Vegas valley.

"We've had tips from Indianapolis, from other countries, other continents," she said. Grant explained they have flyers up throughout the world, in case someone has seen her.

"Obviously it's been a long time, so she's changed," she said. "But, keep your eye out. If you know anything, please come forward." In case Jessie was to see this or read this, Grant wants to share this message with her daughter:

"Jessie, you need to come home," she said. "We've never given up looking for you, we've never stopped loving you."

If you recognize her, or know anything that may be able to help out with the investigation, you're urged to contact the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-1773, or the Kamloops, British Columbia Police Department, at (250) 828-3293.
 

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From Jessie's mother's Glendene:

At 3:00 A.M., March 29th, it will be exactly 14 years since I believe Jessie went missing.

It was at that time that I received a strange phone call from a number with a 702 ... Las Vegas ... area code that sounded like something was wrong. It ended up the call was coming from my other daughter Crystal, using someone else's phone, but I didn't know that.

It sounded like muffled screams coming from the other end. Like somebody screaming out for help. I couldn't hear Crystal saying, "no Mom, it's not Jessie it's me". But Crystal could sure hear me screaming out to Jessie to "call 911 for help".

I kept saying I didn't know what I could do to help her, and I didn't know why she kept calling me back and not the police. There were 3 calls in total, each sounding more intense and more panicked than the last.

It was surreal ... but it really happened. Even my husband, Jim, heard my panicked screaming into the phone.

In my heart, what I believed happened , was that at that exact moment that my daughter Crystal used a Las Vegas cell phone to call me, her sister ... my other daughter, Jessie ... was being kidnapped in Las Vegas. Somehow our connection to each other's hearts & souls, connected us.

NO ONE WILL EVER CONVINCE ME THAT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED.
 

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Still looking for Jessie Foster
By Perly Viasmensky
Las Vegas Tribune

As we’ve done every year for the last 14 years, around the 29th of March, the date Jessica Edith Louise Foster, known by family, friends, and all those who love her as Jessie, disappeared from Las Vegas back in 2006, we rewrite the story to keep her name and face in the news until the date she returns home.

Jessie is a beautiful, blonde Canadian girl who came to Las Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday, she disappeared from where she was living in North Las Vegas at 1009 Cornerstone Place, with an individual by the name of Peter Bertrand Todd, who in Jessie’s naive mind she thought was her fiancé.

The story of Jessie, who was born on May 27, 1984, started in her own country of Canada. While still in high school Jessie met Donald Vaz from Calgary, AB, Canada. In the spring of 2005, he invited Jessie to go on a trip to Florida to visit his mother (a mother who has never left Canada and never lived in Florida).

The brainwashing started with that trip to Ft. Lauderdale and Key West, boating and parasailing on the Atlantic Ocean. After introducing Jessie to the glamour of places like Manhattan, New York and Atlantic City, New Jersey, Las Vegas was the ultimate place — The Entertainment Capital of the World.

Jessie was left in Las Vegas in the company of Richard Barrington Walcott and Ivonne Hebrechten, better known as “Angel,” a well-known prostitute and human traffic recruiter to authorities in Clark County from Merced, California. They then left Jessie in the company of Peter Bertrand Todd who became her boyfriend. Little did her family know that Peter Todd forced her to prostitute herself. Jessie disappeared without a trace and the investigation by the North Las Vegas Police Department was never done properly from the beginning.

After years of suffering by Jessie’s mother, Glendene Grant, and her sisters, Jessie’s cold case was finally aired by Dateline on national TV. Dateline was very lucky to be able to speak with one detective of the North Las Vegas Police Department, Detective McCloud, because the Las Vegas Tribune had tried for years to get some input from the NLVPD without success.

The detective told Dateline that they do not consider Peter Todd to be a suspect in Jessie’s disappearance. We hate to disagree with the detective because we always considered Peter Bertrand Todd the main suspect in the case. Otherwise, how does the detective explain that Todd so suddenly disappeared from Las Vegas a short time after Jessie vanished? According to the Dateline report, Detective McCloud said that Peter Todd showed them the room that showed Jessie left with all her clothes, leaving behind her makeup and toothbrush. This is a statement nobody would believe because the first things Jessie would have packed were her makeup and toothbrush.

Police never conducted a proper investigation of the house at 1009 Cornerstone Place, checking for blood or any other sign of criminal activity, considering the fact that Jessie was the victim of a brutal beating by Peter Bertrand Todd and had to be hospitalized with a broken jaw. Todd’s dubious business practices were never investigated by authorities in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas, where he has previously lived.

Human trafficking became an epidemic in Nevada and especially in Las Vegas. Vice detectives of police departments in Nevada, and probably any other place in the United States, have the tendency to go after and arrest a supposed prostitute, when in reality they need to follow her to where the pimp will be waiting to receive his profits from his “ATM Machine,” who just happens to be the girl he sent to prostitute herself for his personal benefit. Numerous girls are arrested in our city daily for solicitation and then thrown in the Clark County Detention Center until they can appear before a judge or get bailed out by their pimps. The traffickers remain unknown and untouched when, in reality, they are the ones who should be targeted by law enforcement. But very seldom do we see human traffickers prosecuted in Las Vegas.

This year we have the opportunity to publish Jessie’s age-progressed pictures to the age of 33 and 35 years old thanks to Jessie’s Mom who introduced us to the forensic artist, Diana Trepkov.
 

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