The Doe Network:
Case File 1509DFON


Holly Anne Painter
Missing since June 26, 1995 from East York, Ontario, Canada
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Holly was last seen in the vicinity of Dawes Road and Donora Road in Toronto at approximately 19.00 on the evening of June 26, 1995.
She supposedly ran from a friend's brown Ford Bronco as it stopped for a light at Warden and Kingston Road.

Holly was boarding in a corner house on Dawes Road north of Danforth Avenue in East York. She was adopted at about three by the Painters', a Scarborough couple who served as foster parents off and on since she was an infant.
By June 1995, Holly had lived on her own for about a year and was in Grade 10. She was hired for summer work at Save the Rouge Valley System, a local environmental group, after her successful six-month co-op experience there.

The week she vanished, Holly was about to start a rock-climbing course. On June 26, she phoned Mrs. Painter at 19.00, asking her for a ride to the SRVS office on McCowan Road to pick up her bank card. Holly was anxious to retrieve the card so she could buy climbing shoes that evening. Then Holly said she no longer needed a lift.

Police believe Holly was driven to the office by a male friend. They returned to her home with a female friend. The male friend later told police there was an argument in the home's basement and Holly hit her female friend. According to this, they were on the way to the Painter house near Midland and St. Clair avenues, when the Bronco stopped at a light and Holly vanished.

Holly wasn't reported missing until a couple of weeks later.
Holly's bank card was used in Cheektowaga, N.Y., soon after she disappeared. The male friend, who remains a person of interest, later admitted to police that he used the card in New York State. Foul play is suspected.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Toronto Police Service
Homicide Division

Agency Case Number: 95M 4820-54

Source Information:
Missing Children Society of Canada
Child Find Canada
The Mirror Guardian

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