A private investigator involved in the Luke Joly-Durocher missing persons case believes it is a solvable case.
The 20-year old from Temiscaming, Quebec has been missing for 11 years.
He was last seen March 4, 2011 in North Bay.
Brett Robinson, Director with Please Bring Me Home, was enlisted after the Shedding Light podcast highlighted the case in 2020.
The podcast includes Susie, of North Bay, Candy, from Gravenhurst, and Angela from the Owen Sound area. The lifelong friends and sisters have put together their podcasting and crime documentary passion to create the series which focuses on missing person reports.
“Monique [Durocher], her daughter Priscillia and the ladies from Shedding Light podcast have done a wonderful job of bringing in enormous amounts of tips,” Robinson says. “I’ve never actually walked into a case like this where there are 10 hours of interviews to listen to and so many tips to follow.”
He’s helping to coordinate those efforts.
“It’s a lot of avenues to check but we have confidence that this is a very solvable case,” Robinson says and explains why.
“There’s a number of people that claim to be witnesses to it, there are so many tips that rolled in that have consistency to them,” he says. “We believe there is a group of people who know what happened on that evening and that’s something we’re dedicated to, connecting with them and continuing to explore all these different avenues of this case to bring it to its conclusion.”
Luke’s mom Monique says having more people like Robinson involved is having an impact.
“I am confident he will find my son with the help of people,” she says. “When we had our video conference I got goosebumps. I couldn’t believe that some people would volunteer to help find someone that is missing.”
Durocher says as the years go by people forget what happened and it gets harder and harder, but with everyone’s help, she says someone will remember.
“It makes a big difference,” she says.
A reward of up to $50,000 remains in place for anyone with information on the whereabouts of Luke Joly-Durocher.
Robinson says any tips from the public can help.
“Don’t hesitate to send in anything, even if you don’t think it was that useful,” he says. “Trust me, every little bit of information in a case like this is useful.”
Tips can be submitted to city police at 705-497-5555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers by telephone toll-free at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a tip online at www.nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.
Please Bring Me Home also has an anonymous tip line: 1-226-702-2728.