Loren Donn Leslie in the News
Six months before Maddy Scott disappeared, Doug Leslie, who also lives in this remote region of Canada, received an ominous late night phone call. It was Nov. 27, 2010. “At midnight I get a call from the cops … asking if Loren was there and I said, ‘What’s going on?’ And he said, ‘Well, if Loren’s home, somebody’s using her ID. So I thought that was kind of strange,” said Leslie. “What does that mean, someone was using her ID?” Peter Van Sant asked. “Well, they’d found her ID in a vehicle,” he said.
Had she only heeded her worried mother’s advice, Loren Donn Leslie might still be alive. Just two days before the 15-year-old B.C. teen died at the hands of an alleged serial killer, Donna Leslie was begging her troubled teen daughter to stop accepting rides from strangers.
The BC Coroner Services has completed an autopsy of 15-year-old murder victim Loren Leslie in Kamloops, however another level of investigation has just begun. A top forensics team at a Pennsylvania university have been asked to lend their expertise, according to Loren’s father Doug Leslie. “They said they couldn’t complete it there (in Kamloops),” said Leslie. “So they released her body to me. I had to give the permission to send her on to a university in Pennsylvania where they have the best forensic department in the world.”
Loren Donn Leslie died one year ago. The anniversary of her murder is Nov. 27, only 39 days shy of her 16th birthday. While court allegations are underway against a suspect in her case, Loren’s loved ones are involved in their own proceedings to remember her and apply her life to make positive change in society. The Loren Donn Leslie Foundation is organizing a pair of events this weekend to mark the sad occasion. The foundation will be hosting a coffeehouse on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Auditorium in Vanderhoof, then on Sunday there will be a candlelight vigil at the same time and place.