SYNOPSIS OF CASE
During the early morning hours of 17 March 1995, six youths went missing from Pickering, Ontario. Jay Boyle (17), Michael Cummins (17), Danny Higgins (16), Jamie Lefebvre (17), Robbie Rumbolt (17) and Chad Smith (18) were attending a party on Luna Crescent in the town.
During the party, the youngest youth, Danny Higgins, had an altercation with Jay Boyle. Boyle reportedly struck Higgins in the jaw. Higgins left the party and sought out a friend who was also a friend of Boyle, to have her intercede between him and Boyle. The friend and Higgins returned to the party, but everyone had left for another location to continue the party. Higgins and the friend went to another home and then split up. The friend never saw Higgins again.
Meanwhile, at the party, following the altercation, at approximately 00:40, the remaining youths left the party, telling others that they were going to “goof around” at a local marina and that they would be back before morning.
It was the last time any of the boys were ever seen in person by their family and friends.
At 1:48 AM, (17 March), a surveillance camera recorded three persons, identified by family, Michael, Jamie and Robbie, entering East Shore Marina in Frenchman’s Bay.
The video revealed the passing of 3 boys in front of one of two cameras. The images are quite grainy, but the three boys were able to be identified.
There is no report of where they were during the one-hour gap, although one person interviewed claimed that there was a loud incident of yelling and breaking bottles at the small mall on Krosnos St., just north of the party house, during that period. Between 2 and 3 AM, one or more marina-area residents reportedly heard a motor boat out on the lake.
The next morning, March 18, a vessel was reported stolen from East Shore Marina, described as a four meter (14 foot) long “imitation” Boston Whaler.
The camera did not record any boat being taken or motored out onto the lake by the youths.
When the youths failed to return, two of the girlfriends contacted Durham Regional Police (DRPS), in the early morning, 17 March, to report them as missing. Officer James Gillam appears to have been the first point of contact for the girlfriends. Their story of the missing youths appears to have been taken very lightly by Officer Gillam, who on page 2 of his report told the girls to tell the mothers of the missing youths and have them file a report: “Whether that be now or in the A.M.” He also wrote that he told the girls that since: “…no specific locations were known to look for the boys that I couldn’t do much for them.” He further wrote: “Writer felt that [one of the girlfriends] was not truthful…” and “… that the boys were not in danger.” It should be noted that Officer Gillam’s report was not filed until 16:10 on 23 March 1995, almost a week after talking with the girls and was written at the request of his superior.
It was Friday 00:40 since the youths had left the party and eight hours since they were first reported missing, but it took until mid day Saturday, 18 March before the DRPS took action and even then, only by assuming that the youths were connected to the missing vessel.