Joan Dorothy Lawrence
Missing since November, 1998 from Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Joan Lawrence last resided on North Lancelot Road, Huntsville.
She was last seen in the Huntsville area in November 1998. She was known as "the Cat Lady" for her dozens of cats.
Four senior citizens went missing in the Muskoka area north of Toronto between 1998 and 1999. John Crofts; John Semple; 69 year-old Ralph Grant and Joan Lawrence.
All had something in common. They were alone in the world -- cut off from family and friends because of mental illness and old age. No one has ever come forward with key information about what happened to them.
But all four of the seniors did share one other thing in common, a connection to a family, the Laans, who owned and administered Christian seniors' residences near Huntsville.
The three men lived at one of these residences before they disappeared. Joan Lawrence lived in a garden shed on the family property.
In 2003 and 2004, the Laan siblings were convicted for embezzling money from seniors who had resided at their retirement homes. The Laans had been depositing old age security and pension cheques from their elderly clients into their own accounts -- stealing from people who had died of natural causes and from the three men who had disappeared. They had never reported them missing. The Laans were given conditional sentences.
Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Ontario Provincial Police
Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies/Remains Unit
1-877-934-6363 - Toll Free in North America
705-330-4144 - Local or outside of North America
Agency Case Number: 20060170
Ontario Provincial Police - Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies/Remains Unit
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