Medium depicted Tori's fate to cops

Tori Stafford. (File photo)

Tori Stafford. (File photo)

RITA DeMONTIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:47 AM ET

TORONTO -- The bright blue eyes of the sweet-faced child kept staring at her from police posters.

Allison Dubois, the inspiration for the award-winning Medium TV series — came face to face with the image of Tori Stafford, the Woodstock girl who had gone missing and was at the centre of an intense police search.

Everyone in the southwestern Ontario town was hoping the eight-year-old who disappeared three weeks earlier on April 8, 2009 was still alive.

But Tori communicated another story for the medium, that she was dead, the victim of a sex crime, DuBois told QMI Agency.

Her body was eventually discovered almost three months later in a field, just as DuBois told the police on a late spring day.

It was a bizarre case of life imitating art.

It sounds like the premise for one of the show’s episodes, where the famed medium and author’s real-life work is the basis for the TV series, starring Patricia Arquette.

But astonishingly, it all took place during DuBois’ first visit to Canada last year, to give a lecture in London, Ont. — and an accidental meeting with one of the police officers involved in the case on the flight to Ontario.

“It was amazing — Tori had been missing about three weeks, and I was standing, facing her school, noticing things like the senior’s building next to the school and it was at that moment ... that I told the police officer she had met someone whom she had met before, through her mother, and that she had been lured to her death.”

Dubois recalled she described the terrain where they would find the girl’s body and that two people were involved, including a woman who had been used as the lure.

“That’s the only reason Tori went with her, because she was familiar with her,” she said. “And the hardest thing for me was to say out loud — that she was deceased ... I could feel (the officer’s) heart drop as everyone was holding out that she was safe and sound, perhaps sold on the black market.

“I told him there was no chance of saving her any longer, but the work was now to find who had done this to her.”

The attractive mother of three daughters, whose days are filled with requests, book signings and just being a mom, added: “It was a crazy set of events that had to happen to make it possible (for me to be there.) It was all about timing, and there was a reason for how everything connected and fell into place.”

DuBois’ involvement may be the stuff of Hollywood, yet it came about quite innocently — two parents talking about their kids to lull away the time during a routine flight.

“I sat next to a very nice man and we started talked about our children — we both have daughters. Nothing out of the ordinary, but halfway through the flight he told me he was a (police officer) — and he was working this strange case back home.

“I then told him who I was, and of my work with various homicide divisions across North America. When the plane landed he asked me if I would mind coming out and checking out the scene, to see if could pick up anything.”

At first DuBois politely declined, but within moments of arriving in London, everywhere she turned the little face of Tori Stafford looked down at her.

Woodstock wasn’t too far from London, DeBois discovered, so with friends in tow, they drove her out to the last place Tori had been seen, walking away, hand in hand, with a woman.

“I needed to get a feel for what may have happened,” Dubois said. She did so quietly, the police officer at her side, drawing absolutely no attention to herself while she absorbed the details and concentrated on Tori. It didn’t take long for the details to come out.

Disturbingly, it was clear to her that had it not been Tori another little girl would have been taken.

DuBois wrote up her notes and gave them to the police. Today, she has has no idea how the case is going or about the publication ban on details before the courts.

She intends on following up with it, and including it in her next book.

On Monday, DuBois is coming back to Canada for a second visit for her “Family Connections” two-hour event designed to help participants obtain a better understanding of life after death. All audience members at the Double Tree Airport Hotel on Dixon Rd. will have the opportunity to ask Allison questions in the forum. No children under the age of 8 can attend. Tickets are available at the door for the 6:30 event. For more information, go to allisondubois.com.

rita.demontis@sunmedia.ca


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