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The Disappearance of Christina Calayca

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Case File Overview

In August 2007, 20-year-old Christina Calayca vanished during an early morning jog while camping in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park with a cousin and two church group friends.

The park is located roughly 200 kilometres (124 miles) east of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Christina and her fellow inexperienced campers made the 14-hour trip from Toronto to enjoy their long weekend in the park.

The group arrived at around noon on Sunday, August 5th. They set up camp, prepared food, and relaxed. Then, the campers decided to take a short nap. However, they failed to set their alarm and didn’t wake up until 10:30 pm. To make up for lost time, Christina, her cousin, and friends had a bonfire, enjoyed more food, and chatted. They finally settled down to sleep at around 4:00 am.

By 6:30 am on Monday, August 6th, Christina and Eddy, one of the friends from her church group, were wide awake. They went running, but split up along the way. Eddy wanted to run along the highway, but Christina preferred the park trails.

Eddy ran for about an hour and returned to camp. Christina never made it back from her run. She was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a purple striped shirt, black pants, and white running shoes.

Christina Calayca


Case File Theories

Started a new life

Did Christina run off to start a new life? It’s highly unlikely, unless she preplanned for someone to pick her up from the isolated campground. And that person has managed to stay silent all of these years. Even more, the people closest to Christina describe her as responsible, dependable, and devoted to her family. She was planning to attend teacher’s college and was looking forward to an upcoming family trip in Panama. On the surface at least, it doesn’t appear that Christina had anything particular to run away from. And according to those who knew her best, she wasn’t the type of person who would willingly sever all contact with loved ones.

Animal attack

Did an animal attack and kill Christina while she was trail running? At first, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) thought that Christina had been killed by a bear. Dr. Stephen Herrero, a bear expert and author of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, explained that “there are roughly 900,000 black bears in North America and since 2000, there have been an average of only two black bear fatalities a year.” The odds appear to be against Christina dying from a bear attack. Also, if she was attacked on the trail by a bear, or even a pack of wolves, blood or scraps of clothing would likely have been found during the search. Given all of this, it’s doubtful that Christina was killed by an animal.


Did Christina leave the trail, get lost, and succumb to the elements? Although this is the most probable scenario, it’s extremely odd that no trace of Christina has ever been found. By the time the official search for Christina had ended, the OPP Northwest Region Emergency Response Team had used “four canine units, three helicopters, two fixed-wing aircraft and a float plane” to try to locate her. Approximately 100 police officers and specially-trained civilians searched the area for 17 days. What was at the time considered cutting-edge technology was also used in the search, including GPS mapping software, infrared cameras, and underwater side-scanning radar. Not a trace of Christina was found.

Also, the park’s trails were especially well-marked, with only one other person ever losing their way in the park: a women in her 70s who was found within 9 hours. So even though Christina had little outdoor experience, it seems as though it would have been no easy feat for her to lose her way. Mind you, volunteer searcher Matt Borutski explained that the bush along the trails in the park was so dense that “You could trip in here and not fall down. Because the bush, it would hold you up.” Perhaps, then, if Christina did panic, leave the trail, and die in the woods, her remains might not be found.

Foul play

Did Christina’s friends or cousin have something to do with her disappearance? It did take roughly seven and half hours for them to report her missing to the OPP. But during this time they did frantically search for Christina. We only really have Eddy’s word that he and Christina went running and that she was alive and well when they separated. The police repeatedly interviewed all of the people camping with Christina, paying special attention to Eddy. Nothing resulted from these interviews, though, and no one in the group has ever been named a suspect in Christina’s disappearance.

Did a killer happen upon Christina during her run in the woods? Christina’s family has described her as “very trusting,” and they worry she may have trusted the wrong person. There were many people in the area; it was a long weekend, after all, and visitors were drawn to the region to enjoy the park and events like the annual Dragfest held in nearby Terrace Bay. Maybe one of the people in the park that morning was an opportunistic killer.

After the search for her daughter was called off, Christina’s mother, Elizabeth Rutledge, raised funds for multiple private searches. Since Christina’s body has never been found, Elizabeth believes that her daughter was abducted and taken from the park. The OPP, however, insists that foul play is not suspected in Christina’s disappearance.

What do you think happened to Christina?

Christina’s family and loved ones deserve to know what happened to Christina. They hold out hope that one day she will be found.

The Government of the Province of Ontario is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Christina. If you have any information about Christina’s disappearance, please contact the Director of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or (705) 329-6111, your nearest police authority, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Related Reading

Christina Calayca – OPP missing person file overview

“Calayca’s mother believes daughter was abducted”CTV News article

“Daughter’s disappearance haunts family” article

“Disappearance at Rainbow Falls”Explore article

Interested in missing person cases? Check out the disappearance of Caitlin Potts and the vanishing of Bryan Braumberger.

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  1. Todd Todd

    I personally believe she probably succumbed to the elements while lost, my wife and I do a lot of hiking and it is very easy in a unfamiliar place to get lost and turned around . One particular instance, we got lost and panic kind of set in and that made it worse, we just had to sit down and take some deep breath’s and relax and get our bearings . So that is my expertise opinion LOL

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Todd. Yikes! I’m glad you and you wife found your way. I’ve done quite a bit of hiking as well, and I have zero directional sense. I really need to learn how to use a compass! I’m roughly 65% convinced that Christina got lost and succumbed to the elements. I still find it hard to believe that her body was never found and or even that she’d leave the clearly marked trail. But, as you mention, people can make some bad decisions when panic sets in.

    • Jay Jay

      I knew Christina. I think she changed her mind, and went to the road to find Eddy. There a disproportionate number of unexplained indigenous teen deaths around Thunder Bay. Christina is Filipino but I can see her appearance being mistaken for First Nations. I think it was foul play and Christa met the fate of so many MMIW along the trans Canada highway.

      • Christine Christine

        Hi Jay. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. I’m so sorry for your loss and that there aren’t answers yet in Christina’s case. I think your theory is very possible and I hope police haven’t given up in finding out what happened.

  2. Gracie Gracie

    I was wondering why the police do not suspect foul play in the disappearance of Christina. Anyways, I also feel that Christina lost her way in the bush. Being from the city and not experienced campers, I could see her getting directionally confused and panicking. It has happened to me and is very frightening. I did as Todd and his wife did. Relax and get my bearings. I hope that Christina’s family and friends find the answers they so rightfully deserve. So sad.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Gracie! I’m not sure why the police don’t suspect foul play at all. I do think it’s possible. It’s strange they never found her body. This opens up the possibility she was abducted. But you’re right. The odds are more in favour that she got lost. Often the answer is the easiest one. So terrible for her family either way. Here’s hoping the get some answers one day. Not knowing must be terrible.

  3. Peter Peter

    I remember hearing about this story when it happened back in 2007 and over the year thinking “whatever happened in this case? Was there ever any resolution?” Clearly not.. which is just awful.
    Read some other information about the story (Kate Barker’s piece), and not sure if I’m getting my wires crossed. I thought at some point Christina was seen running along the Trans Canada Hwy, one witness thinks he saw her to the west of the park at some rest stop/trailer park.
    Not sure what to think, possible she could have gone missing inside the park and just as likely she was picked up off the highway (if she was indeed running along the road). Hope some day there is some closure for her family

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Peter. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment! I agree with you it’s terrible this case hasn’t been resolved. As expected, it has been especially hard on Christina’s family. From what I found, it was the person Christina went running with who ran along the highway, whereas she stayed on the trails (at least according to them). I did see that a witness felt he saw her outside of the park, but I think the police quickly discounted that sighting. I’m not sure. Eye-witness accounts are terribly unreliable, but then again if she did leave the park and then something happened to her, it might help explain why Christina has never been found. Ideally, she ran off and started a new, but sadly I think this is least likely scenario.

  4. Lorie Lorie

    Every time we drive past Rainbow Falls we talk about Christina and are still praying that she is somehow still alive. I watch a lot od crime stories and wonder why the OPP didn’t check out all the people who were at the park. When you register at a provincial park you always have to give your licence plate # and name. How hard would it have been to check that out. Also there could have been someone from the area who kidnapped her and is still holding her in some backwoods bunker. I know it sounds weird but it has happened before. Not evetyone in our small town and big ones is a good person. There are lots of nut cases roaming free with no one ever suspecting them to be able to pull somsthing like this off. Perhaps she ended up near the highway and a crazy trucker picked her up. Heard of that too. Did they ever check that out. Just saying! Hope this gets someone thinking outside the boz. To the family we still remember your precious daughter and hope you will be able to get closure some way. God bless you all.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Lorie, Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. And thanks for your insights, especially that plate numbers are typically taken of those entering a provincial park. I sure do hope that the authorities checked that out. Like you, I hope that one day Christina’s family can get some answers. All the best ~ Christine

  5. After hearing about this case for the first time, I read several articles on this tragic event and I have always been quite puzzled as to what might have happened to Christina Calayca.

    I’ve been camping in many parks in Ontario and the USA since 1990. I know it’s possible to get lost (it happened to me once or twice, albeit an hour or so later I found my way). It’s also possible to encounter a black bear and, although very unlikely, be attacked by it. Yet considering all the meticulous and wide-ranging search conducted in the area, I think it would be simply unimaginable not to find any traces of Christina.

    For me the most likely scenario is as follows: somebody offered to give her a ride and she accepted—the Trans Canada highways runs next to the park—and then abducted her. That individual could have been from anywhere in North America, just driving on this major highway, which doesn’t have a lot of traffic. By the time the police were notified, she could have been taken hundreds of kilometers away from the park. That’s why there would be literally nothing for the police to find, no evidence of any kind, at least not at the location of her disappearance.

    By the way, 33 years ago, in July, 1985, Nicole Morin, an 8 year old girl went missing after leaving her apartment building to meet her friend in the lobby. She just vanished and despite one of the most exhaustive and intensive police investigations in Canadian history, no trace of her was ever found. And she did not disappear from a remote park, but from a busy apartment building in Toronto, in the middle of the day.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Jack. Thank you very much for reading and sharing your insightful views on the case. I sadly agree with your theory as to what happened to Christina. She likely was abducted. It must be beyond tough for her family not to have any sense of closure. I can’t even imagine. Here’s hoping that even if she was taken far away that one day she is found and her identity is determined.

      I’ve never heard of the Nicole Morin case; I’ll be sure to check it out! How bizarre. Without reading anything about the case, I wonder if someone in the building was involved. Thanks again!

  6. jB jB

    Lots of questions. She was with a cousin and 2 church friends. Was the cousin male? Were the other 2 members male? They made a 14 hours drive up for a long weekend, meaning a total of 28 hours drive-time? Odd, no? I would be most interested in Eddy of course straight away, however – everything we have learned from the group could be a lie if the whole group was in on it. They could easily not have been out running, asleep at this time or another, etc. The OPP would be very happy to explain it away, personally I do not like it. If I were a betting man, I would say that she was murdered by someone or multiple members of the group and then disposed of in a very smart way where dogs would not turn up the body. It should have been the opposite, she should have suggested to run along the highway and he should have suggested to run in the path. Who drives 14 hours north to run along the highway?

    • Christine Christine

      Hi JB. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! That is very long drive for a long weekend. I know anything longer than 4 hours now makes me anxious. But I have to admit when I was their age I might have done it. More adventurous and less practical! And yes. It all comes down to if we believe the group or not. I’m not sure I do but so far nothing has proven otherwise. Here’s hoping the police investigated them throughly. If more than one of them was involved, I’d also be surprised they could have kept the secret. Usually the more people who know the more likely it is someone says something.

  7. JB JB

    I looked at the Park on Google Maps, the park is surrounded by roads/highway on 3 sides. I can’t believe she got lost. Killed or abducted is my belief.

  8. Monica Monica

    I can’t believe the OPP still does not suspect foul play. You would think after a vigorous search with helicopters and canine units, they would come to the conclusion that there’s been some form of apparent abduction.. any other conclusion would resort in scraps of clothing being found, etc. And I highly doubt a young Filipino girl with plans, loving family + friends, strong faith, and no romantic relationship, would want to escape a relatively care-free life. I am a Filipino-Canadian woman myself, and I know this would be something extremely abnormal for someone like myself to do (unless she comes from a broken abusive home, which I don’t believe she does), especially in a rural area that would make it difficult for a city girl to come back to civilization.

    This could be far off, but I just watched a 48 hours documentary on serial killer Israel Keyes. If you know anything about his background, prior to his suicide, he travelled extensively across US + Canada with the intention to murder. A man who often hunted and fished alone, very meticulous with every target, “The FBI’s Anchorage division also released a detailed timeline on Tuesday breaking down Keyes’ travels in the last eight years — 35 trips in all — in which he also visited Canada and Mexico. According to the travel log, Keyes was in Washington and British Columbia between April 20-25 in 2005, and also entered Canada between March 1-9 in 2007, before travelling around Washington and Alaska.”

    Now, I haven’t been able to see his entire travel log. But we know around the height of his killings in 2007, he was in Canada and could have easily travelled in August to Ontario (there are records of him expressing interest to go to Montreal as well, although never confirmed if he actually did. But this demonstrates he probably has been to Ontario), and during this same time, he is known to have owned a property by the Canadian border, “Keyes previously lived in Washington state before moving to Alaska in 2007 to start a construction business. He also owned property in upstate New York, near the Canadian border.”

    “When we got to Canada, he made a joke that said Canadians don’t count” — As mentioned, I could be completely off the grid, but Israel Keyes or not, I definitely suspect some form of similar foul play here. OPP – There is no chance she wanted to start a new life, by running away in the bush in Thunder Bay, Ontario!

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Monica. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share your insights. I couldn’t agree more that there is little chance she ran off to start a new life. Who would do that in the wilderness? It just doesn’t make much sense…although it’s odd how often that was suggested. I’d never considered the Keyes connection, but he’s a monster and nothing would surprise me anymore. I hope the police consider it (if they haven’t already). I think there is a small chance Christina got lost and was never found, but like you I lean towards foul play: either Keyes or some kind of similar monster played a role in her disappearance. I think of this case often and hope her loved ones can get some answers soon. Thanks again!

      • Monica Monica

        Thanks for the response! You’re right.. it is very odd how often that was suggested by police.

        After a little more research on the area, this seems to be a common theme when it comes to people of visible minorities, especially First Nations, which they could have easily confused Christina for..

        “In Thunder Bay, local police recently refused to allow the RCMP to take over investigations into the deaths of three young people who were found in what locals are now calling the “river of tears.” First Nations leaders had called on the RCMP to take over, saying local police are unable or unwilling to further investigate the deaths, which they said aren’t suspicious. Thunder Bay police are under review for accusations of systemic racism.”

        “In 2015, Radio Canada uncovered 37 cases of police abuse toward Indigenous women across Quebec, including cases in which women were brought into the woods and forced to have sex with officers, or left to walk home long distances.”

        Furthermore, look up: “Canadian Police Starlight Tours” — This is all truly disturbing and sadistic. It’s very hard to believe this is the country I live in sometimes.

        • Rob Rob

          Well tbh The OPP are most likely covering it up. How could they find zero evidence.
          Blood ,clothes , remains etc
          They are covering it up for someone of their friends.
          As you said Christina could be mistaken for an indigenous woman. And then had an unfortunate Run in with some crooked police or associates.
          The underworld is a crazy and sadistic place.

          • Monica Monica

            Thanks Rob for your consideration. I still think about this case every so often, and I am troubled that there has been no news for over a decade now. It’s appalling.

            Can anything be done from a public standpoint? I am not in-touch with any of her relatives, but I am wondering what can be done to pursue an active investigation.

            [email protected]

  9. Cassandra Cassandra

    My family and I are not new to Northwestern Ontario, but we are new to the Terrace Bay area. My husband is actually an OPP officer and heard about this past case before we took our family to a camping trip to Rainbow Falls. It is an extremely strange disappearance, but it is said to be believed that the OPP from the area believe that she was abducted/murdered and disposed of by a truck driver. We live along a main highway (trans Canada) and the amount of trucks coming through is astronomical. Although it is a main highway, because of the remote area it is not always busy. I truly hope what happened to Christina is eventually brought to light. I couldn’t imagine being her family members with zero closure.
    As a side note, I do believe the people that she was camping with. As a young adult, I did a lot of last minute on a whim super long across the province with my friends. Not necessarily to go camping, but we did a lot of adventuring.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Cassandra. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment and share the insights you have about the case. That’s heartbreaking to hear that’s what the OPP suspects, but I have to admit I’m not surprised. Given the remote area, and as you mentioned nearby access to a main highway, it’s almost the “perfect” setup for such a crime. Here’s hoping one day Christina’s loved ones can have at least some semblance of closure. Take care and thanks again.

  10. Debbie Bunch Debbie Bunch

    I use to live in Schreiber and have camped at Rainbow Falls. There is 3 hiking (which means walking not running) trails starts at East Beach and the other is using the unused park road going toward the highway. The Lake Superior Trail goes north to a loop. The last trails board walks to Whitesand Lake and an pick up to the Casque Isles Trail which is west going to the 2nd Rainbow Park Rossport this trail at Whitesand Lake starting at the Whitesand East Beach. These trails can be confusing especially if your trying to run the trail and miss any signs (which are little blue signs on trees)! It would of been better to start the search ASAP. She could of fell off the rock cliff. As a woman did in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in 2016. She sadly passed away trying to run to the Lookout and have no time or sunlight to run back. People sometimes underestimate their time allowed or their ability expect a paved walk for running not realize the trails are full of roots and how early the sun sets and how dark the forest is. One thing every person should learn is when your going for a run/walk to tell someone the route you will be and the time you will be home! You never split up and you keep time at the half way time you turn around and go back. To be there at the time you told your party. Wait time if there not back is 15 minuets then you contact the park and the Police! No One can search when it is dark! You get turned around and then your lost. You must stay where you are or you could fall. Maybe now they could of used a Drone to Search! map of campground Sept 9/20

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Debbie. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share these great insights and resources. It’s helpful to hear from someone who has been in the area and can speak to what the trails are like. And I can’t agree more – it’s always best to start a search for a missing person ASAP, no matter the cause of their disappearance. Here’s hoping one day Christina’s family can get some answers.

      • Thomas Thomas

        Just like Debbie Bunch said, stay together in many of these disappearance cases there is a point of separation. There is a series of books written by a retired detective from california. His name is Dave Paulides and his book series is called missing 411, he has done extensive research on missing persons in the U.S. Canada and other countries that bear certain similarities (clusters) He has one book that is only Canadian cases, it’s worth checking out. And yes it’s unfortunate to hear of many crimes against indiginous women that go unsolved also, not right by any means, someone needs to be àccountable.

        • Christine Christine

          Hi Thomas. Thanks for reading and for sharing your insights! I’ve read Paulides’ work. Lots of great research but I do question some of his theories. Still, worth a read! Another great book is The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman. Take care!

  11. Debbie Bunch Debbie Bunch

    Sorry I will give you a better map of the trails with WhiteSand Lake at Rainbow Provincial Park 2 trails at East Beach or the old road to the Highway. The West road from the Gatehouse to the 2 trails one red Superior and the other is yellow north of the other Superior trail and then it goes West to the meet up with the Casque Isles which is purple trail going to Rossport. The Back 40 starts at the East Beach when the boats launch is where there is 3 trails blue marked with a loop. There is another branch brown trail to a lookout which you would back track to get to the blue track hoping you go south and not north and branch off the loop to the East Beach. The bush is very dense and trees can block out the sunlight. Sept. 5/20

    • Christine Christine

      Hi again, Debbie. Thanks for sharing this map with our readers! It’s helpful to see the kind of trail system Christina was navigating. I have been on plenty of trails with confusing markings or ones that are hard to see… and I’ve had to wait for other hikers to come along to help me find my way out. I was lucky enough to be on busy trails and to have other people come along quite quickly. But those few minutes were always scary. Take care and thanks again for adding to this case information.

  12. Steve Steve


    knowing about this case, the last time I was at Rainbow Falls, I walked the area she was last seen. Due to the dense brush, if an animal attacked her, it would be obvious. If Christina tried to walk through the brush, it would be obvious. As mentioned, there was speculation that she got lost – those trails are maintained with good signage. They found no evidence of any animal tracks on the trails and no evidence that Christina went down the wrong trail. If memory serves, the search only found two bears, no cougars and no wolves in the immediate area of the search. I’m not certain when the cougars were re-introduced into Ontario but doubt this was the region.

    That leaves the foul play theory … this was early in the morning, the road where she was last seen is within eye sight of the Check In booth for the campground. No vehicles were seen leaving or entering the campground during this timeframe. The speculation that she went down to the highway to catch up with her friend seems logical.

    With sooo many people in the area for the races, one of them may have abducted her. Although, it’s the Trans Canada highway, this part of it, so early in the morning has little traffic.

    For those that aren’t aware, there is another part of Rainbow Falls with a campground down the highway and on the shore of Lake Superior i.e. it’s also possible she wanted to check out that campground during her jog since it really isn’t far away from the main campground.

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Steve. Thanks for reading and for sharing your insights. It’s really great to hear from someone who has physically been in the area where Christina vanished from and to learn about your perspective on the terrain, signage, and possibilities. I am also leaning towards foul play. If it was an animal attack I think there would have been some evidence. It sounds like a tough area to get lost in seeing as it’s so well-marked. And I strongly feel Christina didn’t just walk away from her life. A part of me hopes she’s happily growing old somewhere, but sadly I doubt that’s the case. If someone killed her, particularly a stranger, I can’t help but wonder what else they might have done. Here’s hoping one day soon her loved ones get some answers. Thanks again and take care ~ Christine

  13. Peter Peter

    Eddy side of the story does not make sense I feel he truly knows what occurred or may be the one responsible. They both magically woke up at the same time after a few hours of sleep and go for an alleged run at which they split up. He allegedly returns after an hour with no worries. A good question would be did Eddy and Christina actually sleep or did something happen between the two at which Eddy had a lot of time to dispose of the body and make up a story to cover his end since everyone was sleeping from 4am. Eddy could have had strong feelings for her at which she did not and turn him down and which could have led to his questionable run 2 hours after apparently falling asleep. Could he have pushed her off of a cliff or buried her. There was no trace of her clothing found maybe he could have burnt it at the campfire when he returned since the others were sleeping or in another vacant campfire location. I have never been to the camp ground but people say the trails are marked well and why would someone with no experience want to split up I sure wouldn’t regardless of whos my company …. unless I’m in danger and splitting up but really running away from someone but not getting away was the result. I also watched this video on YouTube in regards to this mystery ….if what is being said are facts to this mystery….did they really eat breakfast before making an attempt to search for her? Did Eddy delay it as much as possible? Or were they all in on it? Or did they all know what happened and are just scared of the circumstances? I will post the link to the video on YouTube tell me what your thoughts are after watching it cause it does give more details apparently Eddy and Christina talked about going for a swim together. Eddy also walked with Christina when she had to use the restroom…..she won’t walk by herself to the restroom but will split up for a run? Did he send the Police in the wrong direction for the search meanwhile having a lot of time to decide and think of what to do with her?
    If the link somehow doesn’t work search on YouTube:
    Kirsty Skye
    The Strange disappearance of Christina Calayca

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Peter. Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts on Christina’s case. Lots of good questions here that we just can’t know the answer to since the police aren’t sharing much information. In the article I point out how how Eddy may very well be the suspect and that the police focused on him. They perhaps could think he is suspect but don’t have enough evidence to proceed. However, the police are not naming any suspects publicly and did say they don’t really suspect foul play. Not sure they are right there, though. I, like you, have plenty of questions I wish we had answers for. And thanks for sharing the link to the YouTube video on the case. Good coverage! Take care ~ Christine

    • En En

      I agree with this right here and I came up with the same observations.

  14. Margaux Margaux

    Bonjour Christine,
    Pour ma part je pense qu’elle a succombé aux éléments de la nature en s’égarant ou en tombant, je m’explique. En france, un jeune garçon de 15 ans Lucas Tronche a été porté disparu en 2015, malgré les gros moyens déployés, les centaines d’avis de recherche près de chez lui, la couverture médiatique (cette affaire avait fait beaucoup de bruit).. aucune trace! Lucas habitait près d’une forêt en zone rocheuse. La piste d’un décès suite à un égarement en foret ou une chute depuis les montagne à été vite écartée et celle d’une mauvaise rencontre privilégiée. Pourtant, cette année, en 2021, son squelette a été retrouvé, par une nouvelle équipe de chercheur, il était tombé d’un rocher, tout près de chez lui le jour même de sa disparition et il avait reposé là-bas durant 6 années. Ce que je veux dire c’est que selon les équipes au fils des ans les recherches peuvent êtres faites différemment et changer la trajectoire de quelques pas pourrait peut-être permettre de retrouver Christina..

    • Christine Christine

      Hi Margaux! I hope you’re doing well. You make a great point. It is always possible that Christina is still in the park somewhere and just hasn’t been found. It’s is much harder to find people in the wilderness than most people think. So heartbreaking for her loved ones. What a tragic story about Lucas – at least his family got some kind of closure. I read a book called The Cold Vanish – it’s all about disappearances in the wilderness in North America. It’s a great read and mainly supports your point: Take care and thanks as always for reading and sharing your insights! ~ Christine

  15. En En


    This one has always been an odd one for me and unfortunately at someone else’s expense – has been an interesting one to.

    I guess my theory would come down to three possible scenarios. Prior to me telling you my theories I would like to debunk a couple comments I have read in this thread.

    One was about the OPP covering it up – whoever wrote that needs to go check themselves in. I am not suggesting that the OPP are perfect but that’s just an insane comment that makes no sense and its clearly coming from someone who simply just hates the Police and probably has lived a life of crime.

    The other is the comment where she could have been mistaken for an indigenous person basing it solely on all the issues of missing women in the Thunder Bay Area. I do love the creativity in this one but what a lot of people don’t understand about the issue in thunder bay with missing indigenous people is that this has been very political and the Thunder Bay Police is taking most of the heat in this situation when this is nothing more than the governments fault. There are now a lot of issues with these people in the Thunder Bay area because of how the system has treated them for many years and now the same people who created the system ( the government officials – elitist and so on) don’t want any blame on them so they cast blame on the local unstaffed and underfunded Police Department(aka the front lines) There are a lot of substance abuse issues and this was caused mainly because of the residential school situation and the fact that they have been stuffed /hidden up in isolated northern communities for the last several years with little resources (education, health facilities, fitness centers and youth programs). This was intentionally done and this is what you call systematic genocide. They are now killing themselves and each other in urbanized areas when they have access to alcohol after being deprived from it in their dry communities and the politics are trying to blame white people and racism for this because this is always the scape goat. You see this with the BLM stuff too. I would also like to point out the fact that there is a Native Reserve a shorter distance from the park then thunder bay is, this reserve is called Pays Plat. If this was the case there would be lots of reports of Indigenous people missing from that reserve as its within closer proximity then Thunder Bay is. This is not the case, no Indigenous people have been reported missing from that area and if they are its usually after they travel to thunder bay and spend the weekend drinking.

    That was my rant on debunking but lets get back to the suspiciousness of this case.

    I do find a few things suspicious after reading some reports on this and I am basing this only if these reports are accurate – I have no clue if the time frames and what not are accurate.

    Here are some things I would like to point out:

    Time frames:

    They arrived Aug 5th set up camp and relaxed. Its a long 14 hour drive which can be tiring. Its also a relaxing place in Northern Ontario so being in a quiet area surrounded by nature after leaving a loud city can definitely put you right to sleep just as well it can light you with energy to, especially because the air is naturally better up there. that being said its quite possible they passed out when they first got there. They stated that they woke up and had a bonfire to make up for lost time and now they are up until 4am? but at 6:30am only 2 1/2 hours later Christina and Eddy happen to wake up at the same time and be wide awake and ready to exercise? I mean I’ve traveled lots in a vehicle and I don’t know about you but traveling legs from sitting for long periods of time never felt good( just like jet leg). To suggest that they sprung up after a lack of sleep and a whole day of travelling the day before somehow filled with energy and ready to run is a bit suspicious to me! I find it odd that they were motivated to run and exercise. I am a life long athlete who exercises frequently and I even find this to be a difficult task but definitely wouldn’t suggest that its no doable – its just odd under these circumstances. I believe they mentioned Eddy ran for an hour – that’s a dam long run Mr. Eddy. They also mentioned they split up? two people getting up at the same time motivated to run together after a lack of sleep decide to randomly split up and go their separate ways all of a sudden because one wants to run near the highway (eddy)? again odd. You are from southern ontario and came north to relax and the park is filled with majestic trails – who would want to go to a loud noisy well traveled highway for a run? I mean maybe one who needs to create an alibi just in case he is spotted near the highway after he walked her towards there to either set her up (someone else came along and scooped her up) or to help her escape otherwise again who would want to run on the highway? I find this part of Eddies story is a bit suspicious and if I was interviewing him I think I would just have more questions about that (maybe they asked him more I’m not sure). I personally believe Eddy knows more that what he is leading on to know.

    Getting lost or misadventure? well its a decent size park but like someone had mentioned the trails are marked well and there are a lot of people in the park that weekend. If she did go for a run simply just to shake the traveling legs I assume she would want to do that and probalby head back to the camp site after. If she did decide to venture off and check out the area – in that busy park with lots of people there would be a lot of older people up on their walks/runs and hikes. She would have been spotted on a couple occassions there is no doubt. But she definitely wouldnt have been spotted at all if she simply woke up and went right to the highway under the cover of darkness after everyone passed out. I question if they ever went for a run at all. There are also a lot of staff that roam the park, work on the trails and drive around in their vehicles. I dont think a misadventure would be the case. The only way I see misadventure is if she went beyond the fencing near the falls and fell down a deep hole or fell into what is known as the “Deep pool” near the bottom of the falls and somehow caught her self wedged between a rock under water. But I believe this was ruled out with technology. I also don’t see a religious church group girl breaking the rules by jumping fences and going in the out of bounds area of the park.

    With an Animal attack there would have been some remains left behind no doubt. Just look at the history of bear attacks – generally most remains are found unless there is a mysterious bear out there that eats people whole.

    Personally I would be looking more into eddy and rule out every possible angle. I would have wrote a warrant for his computer and checked his search engines to see what areas of the park he searched before his trip. Just to see if he concoct some sort of plan ahead of time. Id be asking him if it was his idea to go for the run? id ask him if he was a regular runner? I’d ask him if anyone had suggested a long nap before being up all night. The reason I would ask him about who suggested the nap is because this is all premeditation stuff you need to try rule out (maybe the OPP did I don’t know). Maybe Eddy wanted everyone to nap so they would be up all night that way he knew they would all be sleeping late into the day which gave him time to do his thing. It took them 7 hours to make a report of her missing. He said he was running for an hour after a long road trip but whos to say he didnt get her up earlier , sneak out under the guise of a run and did something to her? or maybe he just helped her escape and someone they knew from another church group met her on the highway and drove off with her and she is living overseas now?? who knows? but I would definitely be pressing on those time frames because that’s the most suspicious part of the story to me.

    I suppose if the story they tell was true then I would have to go with her wondering closer to the highway and getting scooped up by a killer who was in the park already looking for trouble.

    I have more to write but unfortunately have to go. Hope I can help in any way 😉

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