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Family of six dead in travel trailer fire in rural Nova Scotia: RCMP
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MILLVALE, N.S. — The RCMP say the bodies of six members of a family were discovered Sunday evening following a fire in a travel trailer in rural Nova Scotia.

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Officers were called to Mountain Road in Millvale, N.S., Sunday at around 6:30 p.m. and members reached the area half an hour later after travelling a back road to the location, Cpl. Chris Marshall said Monday.


He said when officers arrived, they discovered the bodies of a 30-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman and four children, ages three, four, eight and 11. There were no survivors.

It will be up to the fire marshal’s office to establish the cause of the fire, but police say a preliminary investigation suggests it was not suspicious. The medical examiner’s office will be determining the exact cause of death.

Marshall said the news has been devastating for the family of the deceased and others in the area who knew them.

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“It takes a toll on the community at large,” he said. “It’s a difficult circumstance and it’s tragic.”

Millvale is a small community in Cumberland County near Westchester Valley, about 50 kilometres southeast of Amherst and the New Brunswick border.

Marshall said the family was from Amherst and was on a weekend trip to Millvale.

He said he couldn’t indicate who owned the trailer but identified it as a nine-metre ultra-lite Passport trailer that was located on a private property. The exterior of the trailer was intact and “it wasn’t like we had to comb through rubble,” he said, in describing the scene.

“It’s our belief at this time it is not a suspicious fire … but we will remain there until the fire marshal’s office has confirmed this is not a criminal incident,” he said.

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The time of the fire is unknown, and it’s possible it had occurred well before police arrived, even during the previous night, he added.

“My understanding is the family member who went in to check on them and then called police hadn’t heard from them since the day before,” said Marshall.

Amherst Mayor David Kogon said he can’t recall any time in the past 40 years when his town has had a similar death toll from a single blaze.

“It’s unimaginable, in this tragedy of a family with four small children, what it must do to their family and friends,” he said in a phone interview on Monday. “It’s just unimaginable.”

He predicted that the community will rally to support family and friends of the deceased. He said the news comes after a year in which pandemic border restrictions between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick caused stresses for many in the town, which is situated near the provincial boundary.

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“We’ve had a lot of troubles here in the last couple of years. It’s getting to be a burden,” he said. “The pandemic hit families here harder than any other community in Nova Scotia because of the inability to interact with families just across the border.”

The region’s school board confirmed the children attended local schools.

“Right now, our priority is to support our students and staff members of Cumberland North Academy where these sudden losses will leave a lasting impact on those who knew them,” the school board posted on Twitter.

School psychologists, the student services consultant and a school counsellor were at the school Monday to provide support.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and community impacted by this tragedy,” the district wrote.
 

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Boyfriend allegedly returned from trip without missing N.Y. woman
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Publishing date:Sep 13, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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A woman who was on a road trip with her boyfriend and documenting their “van life” travels on YouTube and social media has gone missing.

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Gabby Petito, 22, from Blue Point, N.Y., was travelling across the U.S. to tour national parks this summer with her boyfriend in a converted camper van, reported Fox News.


They left in early July, but Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, hasn’t heard from her daughter since Aug. 25.

“I don’t know if she left Grand Teton [National Park, in Wyoming] or not,” Schmidt told Fox. “I did receive a text from her on the 27th and the 30th, but I don’t know if it was technically her or not, because it was just a text. I didn’t verbally speak to her.”

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According to Schmidt, the first leg of their trip, in July, was from Florida to New York.

They then left New York in August to make their way to Salt Lake City. They got there but departed Utah amid heavy wildfire smoke, reported the news outlet.


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Grand Teton is Petito’s last known location — on Aug. 25 — before she and her boyfriend set out for Yellowstone, said Schmidt.

“I can’t say much, but she’s no longer with the van,” said Schmidt of her daughter and their converted camper.

“I don’t want to say anything more than that, but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore.”

Petito’s family reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, her hometown, on Sept. 11.


“Petito and a companion were travelling in a white 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida license plate QFTG03,” police said in a news release. “The van she was travelling in has been recovered.”

Her boyfriend has not been identified, but a glance at their YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik, spotlights their road trip. Their website of the same name says, “Out of the Wi-Fi, be here soon! Follow our journey, Brian + Gabby.”

The Brian in question is Brian Laundrie, who also posts about their travels.


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Petito’s last Instagram post was on the day her mom last heard from her. Laundrie hasn’t posted since Aug. 13 — from Utah.

Laundrie, however, returned home to Florida without Petito, reported Newsday.

Petito’s family claims he has since hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with investigators.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on Petito’s disappearance to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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Comedian Norm Macdonald dies at 61 after secret cancer battle
Author of the article:WENN - World Entertainment News Network
Publishing date:Sep 14, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 1 minute read • 18 Comments
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Former Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald has died, aged 61.

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The comedian lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, according to his managers at Brillstein Entertainment.


Norm’s longtime producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when he passed, told Deadline he had secretly been battling cancer for almost a decade and few people knew.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him… Norm will be missed terribly.”

Macdonald was an SNL cast member from 1993 to 1998 and during his stint on the show he was the host of its popular Weekend Update news segment.


Born in 1959 in Quebec City, Macdonald started out in Canada’s comedy clubs, before he was hired to write for Roseanne Barr’s sitcom Roseanne in the early 1990s. That gig helped him land a spot as a writer and star on Saturday Night Live.

He also hosted his own comedy series, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001, and became a regular favourite on U.S. late night shows like Late Night With David Letterman and Conan.

Norm also appeared in the movies Billy Madison, The People v. Larry Flynt, Funny People, and Grown Ups, and he voiced the character Lucky in Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle movies.
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California woman dies after dog leash catches in train door
Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Publishing date:Sep 15, 2021 • 12 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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A woman in California died when her dog’s leash became entangled in train doors, and she was dragged as it departed the station.

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Amy Adams, 41, of San Francisco, was standing at the Powell St. station on Monday afternoon with her dog tethered to her waist as a train rolled into the station, reported KPIX.


She and the dog boarded the train but at the very last second, as the doors were closing, the woman jumped off, according to investigators who reviewed surveillance footage and spoke to witnesses.

At the time, she appeared to be waving at someone.

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Adams cleared the doors — but the dog and its leash did not. The train departed with the dog inside, and its owner was dragged and pulled onto the tracks, reported the news outlet.

“This is a tragic loss of life, and we are following all safety protocols,” said spokesperson Alicia Trost, of Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Investigators are determining if the dog, which was not injured, was a service animal.

Leashed or harnessed service dogs are allowed on BART trains, while all other animals must be in carriers.

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken the lead on the investigation.
 

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Missing YouTuber Gabby Petito's family slams 'reprehensible' boyfriend
Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Sep 15, 2021 • 10 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
YouTuber Gabby Petito has been missing since August and her boyfriend is not cooperating with cops.
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The family of missing YouTube vlogger Gabby Petito lambasted her uncooperative boyfriend as “reprehensible” as cops named him a person of interest in the Long Island native’s disappearance..

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Family lawyer Richard Stafford slammed Brian Laundrie for leaving Petito “in the wilderness”.

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“Brian let Gabby in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home,” the statement. “In his home!”

“Brian, how could you do this to Gabby? You selfishly remain silent while Gabby is all alone in the wilderness. Brian, your silence is reprehensible! We beg you to do the right thing and help us bring Gabby home.”

But Laundrie may have bigger problems now.

Detectives in North Port, Fla., have identified Laundrie, 23, as a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance during their cross-country trip.

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11.

She had last been seen at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August.

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The couple — who lived in Florida before their cross-country adventure — chronicled their escapades on YouTube, but only Laundrie returned to the Sunshine State.

And the relationship between Petito and Laundrie may not have been all hearts and flowers. Petito reportedly called off their engagement because she thought they were too young.

Cops in Utah also revealed that they responded to an “incident” involving Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie about two weeks before she vanished, Fox News reports.

No arrests were made and no charges were laid.

Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
Now, he’s avoiding cops and his girlfriend’s distraught family.

“Brian is refusing to tell Gabby’s family where he last saw her,” a statement from her family said.

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“Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida. These are critical questions that require immediate answers.”

Missing poster for Gabby Petito who disappeared in August.
Missing poster for Gabby Petito who disappeared in August. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /AWARE
It added: “The Schmidt and Petito family beg the Laundrie family to not ‘remain in the background’ but to help find who Brian referred to as the love of his life. How does Brian stay in the background when he is the one person that knows where Gabby is located.”

The couple began their journey in July and had been slated to end their trip in Portland around Halloween.

Instead, he returned to Florida alone in her 2012 Ford Transit.

Now, neither Laundrie or his parents are cooperating with detectives.

So far, cops have not accused him of any wrongdoing but local police wish to speak with him, calling Petito’s disappearance “odd.”

“I think anyone would assume that the possible last person to be around her is a person of interest to want to talk with,” a spokesman told Fox.

“However, there is no crime at this point.”

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Is YouTuber Gabby Petito's disappearance linked to newlywed double murder?
The 22-year-old was travelling across the U.S. to tour national parks with her boyfriend in a converted camper van

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Sep 16, 2021 • 18 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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Detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of YouTuber Gabby Petito are not ruling out a connection to the unsolved double murder of a couple in the same vicinity.

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Petito, 22, was reported missing on Sept. 11. She had last been seen at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August.


Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie — who lived in Florida before their cross-country adventure — posted their travels on YouTube, but only Laundrie returned to the Sunshine State. He is considered a person of interest in her disappearance.

Now, cops in Utah say they are not “ruling out” a link to the double murder of Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, who were found shot to death on Aug. 18 in Moab.

Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were murdered two days after the domestic incident in Utah.
Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were murdered two days after the domestic incident in Utah. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /FBI
The women’s murders came two days after local cops were called to the same park for a domestic incident involving Petito and Laundrie, 23. No charges were laid and neither was arrested.

Turner and Schulte were found slain in nearby South Mesa after being seen at local watering hole the night before, Fox News reports.

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“We’re looking at everything, I mean, anything and everything that was suspicious around that time or we’re not ruling anything out at this time,” a spokesman for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said, adding that “we’re just investigating the information as it comes in.”


Laundrie and his parents are refusing to cooperative with the investigation despite pleas from Petito’s Long Island family to “do the right thing.”

“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through,” North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison said.

“We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past weeks,” Garrison added. “The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation.”

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Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
Meanwhile, Utah cops released an Aug. 12 police report on the domestic incident that revealed escalating tension between the young couple. Among the highlights:

— Petito told the officer she was terrified Laundrie was going to leave her in the wilderness “without a ride.”

— Petito informed cops she had been “struggling with her mental health” and had scratched Laundrie.

— The investigating officer wrote that it was more of a “mental health crisis” than a criminal matter. He ordered the two to spend the night apart.

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“Both the male and the female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime,” said the report, obtained by the New York Post. “There were no significant injuries reported and both agreed that Gabbie (sic) suffers from serious anxiety, etc.”

They told the cop that they both had mental health disorders and neither took meds for their conditions. The Utah fight was reportedly over a phone.

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Catastrophe at Florida animal shelter
Author of the article:Liz Braun
Publishing date:Sep 16, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Flames rip through Pet Alliance in Orlando.
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At least 22 cats have died in a fire at an Orlando, Fla. animal shelter.

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Firefighters found the Pet Alliance building on Conroy Road consumed by flames when they arrived Wednesday night at 10.20 p.m.

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Video posted by Orange County Fire Rescue show half the building overwhelmed by flames shooting up through the roof.

Steve Bardy, the executive director of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, called the fire his worst nightmare.


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Speaking to WKMG, Bardy said, “If you run a shelter, this is literally your worst nightmare, to see your building on fire and to know that there are animals in there that you’re in charge to care for, and you can’t go in.”

All 25 dogs were safely rescued from the building as they were in an area farther away from active flames.

His voice breaking, Bardy explained at the scene, “It appears the fire started in the front building by the clinic, which made it more difficult for fire rescue to go into the adjacent cat room.”


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The surviving cats and dogs were taken to a Pet Alliance shelter in Sanford. At least 10 cats were rescued, but it’s unknown if all will survive.

Treasure Roberts of News6 tweeted images showing shelter workers rescuing two cats from the building, which is extensively damaged.


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Missing YouTuber Gabby Petito's family feuds with boyfriend's clan
Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie were chronicling a cross-country roadtrip when tensions between the two apparently began emerging

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Sep 17, 2021 • 13 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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A bitter war of words has erupted between the families of missing YouTuber Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.

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Petito, 22, was reported missing on Sept. 11 after her Long Island-based parents went days without hearing from her.


The pretty blond and Laundrie were on a cross-country trip in Petito’s van.

But he returned safely to their Florida home — alone.

Now, he’s refusing to cooperate with cops investigating Petito’s mysterious disappearance.

Cassie Laundrie told Good Morning America on Friday her family “obviously” want Petito to be found safe.

“She’s like a sister and my children love her, and all I want is for her to come home safe and found and this to be just a big misunderstanding,” she said.

But Gabby’s family is claiming that the Laundries are withholding information from detectives.

Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
“If that’s that family’s version of love, to just ignore and not care that someone’s gone and people are looking for them and entire country’s looking for them, I mean, that explains how we got to where we are today. Because I mean, look at their version of what they call love,” Gabby’s dad Joe Petito said.

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Gabby and Brian Laundrie were chronicling their trip across the U.S. when tensions apparently began emerging.

Cops broke up a fight between the couple on Aug. 12 in Utah.


“Every day that this goes on, they get more and more devastated. They’re at the point that that desperation has turned to anger. They know that the Laundries know where their daughter is, and they will not tell them. That’s infuriating,” Petito family lawyer Richard Stafford said.

Meanwhile, a friend of Gabby Petito told The UK Sun she was supposed to meet her pal at Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 29 but it never happened.

Bizarrely, Gabby instead texted her mom the next day that she was in Yosemite —1,300 km from her last known location: Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

“The whole thing is odd,” Petito’s friend, who wants to remain anonymous, told the newspaper. “My birthday is the 29th. I don’t know why she’d send that text [to her mom] and not message me.”

Laundrie has been named as a person of interest by cops.

Gabby’s friend added: “I considered Brian a friend, But the truth will come out and I hope for everyone’s sake sooner rather than later.”

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Boyfriend of missing Gabby Petito has reportedly disappeared
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Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
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Florida police and the FBI were searching for the boyfriend of missing Florida woman Gabby Petito on Friday, CNN and local media reported, after his family said they had not seen him in three days.

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The disappearance of Brian Laundrie, 23, may further complicate the search for Gabby Petito, who was reported missing on Sept. 11. The couple had left on a cross-country road trip in June. Laundrie returned home alone to North Port, Florida.

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The family “called us there this evening. They are now claiming they have not seen their son since Tuesday,” North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor told CNN. “We’ve been trying all week talk to his family, talk to Brian.”

A Florida attorney representing Laundrie told local broadcaster WSPA-TV that his whereabouts were unknown and that police and FBI agents were looking for him.


Laundrie, who lived with Petito, 22, in North Port, 70 miles (110 miles) south of St. Petersburg on Florida’s west coast, has refused to speak with investigators.

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Police have labeled him a “person of interest,” not a suspect, in the high-profile disappearance, which has made nationwide headlines even as police say they have no solid evidence that a crime has been committed.

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Several police officers and two FBI agents were seen at the Laundrie home on Friday, at one point searching a silver Ford Mustang parked in the driveway.

Petito and Laundrie had driven west from New York with the intention of visiting national parks across the nation. They posted pictures and videos on social media as they traveled.

Petito’s family said they lost contact with Gabby in late August, possibly while she was visiting Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie returned to North Port without her on Sept. 1.

Petito’s parents in Suffolk County on New York City’s Long Island, reported her missing 10 days later.

Laundrie’s attorney has defended his client’s silence, saying that anything he told police could be used against him later, “regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance.”
 

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Obituary describes Nova Scotia family of six who died in trailer fire
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The Sears-Robertson family died in a fire in Amherst, N.S., on Sept. 12, 2021.
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AMHERST, N.S. — The obituary of a Nova Scotia family who died in a fire in a travel trailer a week ago is providing further details about the mother, father and four young children.

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The information published by a funeral home in Amherst, N.S., says funeral arrangements are underway for Robert Jorge (R.J.) Sears, 30; Michelle Elaine Robertson, 28, and their children – 11-year-old Madison Anne-Marie Sears, eight-year-old Robert (Ryder) Sears, four-year-old Jaxson Robertson and three-year-old Collin Justin (C.J.) Sears.


The Office of the Fire Marshal issued a release on Friday indicating the fire on Sept. 12 in remote Millvale, N.S., was small but smouldered and created smoke and fumes that led to the death of all six in the Passport Ultra Lite trailer.

Robert (Tony) Sears, R.J.’s father, said in an interview Saturday a private service will be arranged based on public health rules for COVID-19, with options still being considered for the best time and place to allow family and friends to attend.

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He said the family has been grateful for the outpouring of support, which has included donations to help cover funeral costs and other expenses and has come from their home community of Amherst and across Canada.

Robert Jorge Sears, who goes by R.J., is described in the obituary as the loving companion of Michelle; father of Madison, Ryder and C.J., and stepfather to Jaxson.

“He was a hard worker who loved hunting, especially at his grandfather’s camp, fishing and enjoyed sports. Above all, he was a dedicated father who always made the children his top priority,” it said.

The obituary says Robertson was a graduate of the nursing program at the Nova Scotia Community College and had recently started working at Gables Lodge.

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“She knew what it meant to be a friend and was loved by all. However, the role she excelled at was being a mother and she adored her children,” it adds.

The obituary notes the nicknames of each child, describing the oldest girl as “Chatty Maddy,” a Grade 6 student who enjoyed animals, drawing, sports and beanies.

It describes “Spider Ryder” as a Grade 3 student at Cumberland North Academy, who was “a little shy,” but was constantly active and doing cartwheels.

The second youngest, “Action Jaxson,” is described as being excited to be entering pre-primary school and “wise for someone his age,” who could often be found dancing to his favourite tunes and playing with his motorbikes.

The obituary says three-year-old C.J. may have been the smallest, but he already was attempting to be a “big boy”. “He looked up to, tried his best to keep up with, and would often be his big brothers’ shadow,” it says.

The family will be buried together in the Amherst Cemetery.
 

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Missing YouTuber Gabby Petito's boyfriend 'jealous' and 'weird'
Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Publishing date:Sep 18, 2021 • 19 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
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The disappearance of YouTuber Gabby Petito has taken a new, shocking twist with the Brian Laundrie has now also vanished.

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Laundrie’s vanishing act comes as a friend of Petito’s claims he had jealousy and control issues, the Daily Mail reports.


The friend added he had “episodes” that involved hearing voices.

Rose Davis told the Mail that once Laundrie stole his girlfriend’s ID to stop her from going out to bars,

“He’s got these jealousy issues and he struggles from what Gabby called these ‘episodes,’ where he would hear things and hear voices and wouldn’t sleep,” Davis said.

“Gabby had to stay at my house a bunch of times because she just needed a breather and didn’t want to go home to him.”

And the couple became embroiled in “more and more arguments” as time went on.

Laundrie, 23, is considered a person of interest in Petito’s late August disappearance and has been uncooperative with detectives looking for answers.

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“He had this composure as a sweet, nice, caring guy. But you could tell he’s a little off, a little weird. Like, he’d set up our hammocks when we’d go to the beach, but wouldn’t sit with us, which I found bizarre,” Davis said, adding “Brian has a jealousy issue.”

Now, the FBI are looking for the pair who chronicled their cross-country travels in a van on YouTube.

But only Laundrie returned to the Florida home the couple shared raising red flags with her family who reported Gabby missing on Sept. 11.

“The attorney for the Laundrie family called FBI investigators Friday night, indicating the family would like to talk about the disappearance of their son. The family now claims that they have not seen Brian since Tuesday of this week,” Josh Taylor, of the North Port Police told reporters.

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Detectives reportedly spoke with the Laundrie family for more than two hours and one emerged with an evidence bag, the New York Post reports.

Taylor added: “Friday is the first time they have spoken with investigators in detail. It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime.

YouTuber Gabby Petito has been missing since August and her boyfriend is not cooperating with cops.
YouTuber Gabby Petito has been missing since August and her boyfriend is not cooperating with cops. PHOTO BY GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM
“We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations.”


Petito was last seen on Aug. 30 and at the time sent a short text to her mother: “No service in Yosemite”. But mom Nichole Schmidt doubts it was her daughter who sent the text.

During the previous month, the couple had fought with one incident in Utah on Aug. 12 requiring police intervention.

Detectives in that state were also looking into whether there was any connection between Gabby’s disappearance and the double murder of two women in the same area two days later. Late Friday, cops said there was no connection.

bhunter@postmedia.com
On Twitter: @HunterTOSun
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