It was on this day, 29 March 2006, 15-years-ago when young, 21-year-old Jessica Foster disappeared without a trace from a Las Vegas community.
At the time I was involved with heavily searching the Las Vegas Valley for missing persons and our team spent exhausting hours in the hunt for Jessica Foster. We had been successful in finding a few missing persons, some with good endings and some not. And some were found but did not want to be found. As adults, they have that right. Reporting back to the ones who asked our team to conduct the search was always difficult in such a case, and we had more than a few we had to handle with such an outcome. But we were never able to find Jessica. We did have one reported sighting we investigated and it turned out to be a false lead of a homeless woman who fit the description but was positively identified NOT to be Miss Foster.
There was no crowdfunding reward system set up at the time for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in criminal responsibility for Miss Foster’s disappearance. The Go Fund Me crowd-share or crowdfunding site had not yet been founded. It would not be founded for another four or five years. Go Fund Me was launched in May of 2010. Someone somewhere knows what happened to Jessica Foster. There has been much suspicion on her disappearance but nothing that could lead to an arrest. But there are people who had contact with Miss Foster and there are people who are connected to those people of interest. A reward might get someone somewhere to loosen their lips. I’m not in a position right now to start and run that Go Fund Me REWARD fund that may lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for Jessica Foster’s disappearance or death. But I’d like to get the idea out there and hope someone will.
Cold case criminal files can turn burning hot with the passage of time. Departed friendship and loyal relationships went sour to full disloyalty may sweeten the chances of someone now being willing to come forward that wasn’t willing back when Jessica Foster disappeared. A sizable reward that a crowdfunding source could raise would certainly provide better odds in finding the missing Canadian girl who was lured to Las Vegas by persons of suspicious behavior. The past 15 years proved nothing in bringing the case any closer to resolution. Someone needs to start a Go Fund Me and let us see what happens. If it can pry someone loose to talking that will lead investigators to the perpetrators or a body, then justice might just be done.
At the time Jessica or Jessie Foster disappeared there were several local girls who also disappeared. Some of those cases were solved and some were not. There was a lot of prostitution and involvement of pimps, human traffickers, and drug dealers in some of those missing person cases that lead to serious violent crime. The Vegas Valley is home to where tens of thousands disappear without a trace. The morgue is filled with the victims of crime produced in the Vegas Valley, some innocent, and some not so innocent.
There are certain conditions and restrictions that need to be applied in such crowdfunding reward funds to be effective and to prevent misuse of funds. Also, if there is no response, there needs to be either a full return of monies donated or an agreement to switch those funds to another missing person case or for other uses involving predator crimes. I will post some of those ideas at another time. But after 15 years no one is talking and we need to find ways to get someone talking so there is closure on this long-unsolved mystery.
The Vegas Valley community has always been keenly concerned with Jessica Foster’s disappearance. There were some high-level missing person detectives on the case and some of the best talents were shared among us that did the groundwork in search.
The Vegas Valley has seen more than its share of serial killing, mass killing, missing person cases, human trafficking, and vice crimes for any city to endure. I have my own personal opinions as to why this may be, we have in the valley an overabundance of criminal behavior that goes unsolved, but I will reserve those thoughts for another time.
One thing that cannot be denied the mothers of daughters who come to Vegas and never return home are many, and their tears will forever fall.
If it is not heartbreaking enough that daughters disappear without a trace, it is alarming the scams and crimes people create upon those already suffering the pain. The Las Vegas Tribune reports of the scams Jessica Foster’s mother is forced to endure. Not one, but several. What kind of evil could do this to a woman who has lost the most precious things of her life? What kind of demon have we among us? Whatever it is, it is not human.
Author’s Note: The use of two names, Jessica and/or Jessie are used in reference to the same missing girl. Both names are used and both names are correct. Also, there is a discrepancy in the date of the missing person claimed. Some reports say 28 March or 29 March and others say early April. There is much-recorded information to be found on the internet as well as YouTube for stories concerning Jessica Foster or Jessie Foster. The stories of violent crime in the Vegas Valley are many and they have been since the existence of the city.