|Mary Hammond (FILE)
BRANTFORD, ONT. - The trail went cold more than 29 years ago.
It ended somewhere in a field near the former Buns Master Bakery, where police found Mary Hammond's footprints.
Now, police believe they have picked up the trail again and have been searching a home and collecting evidence this past week.
“It is hoped that the advancement in technology and forensic sciences, combined with the continued dedication of our officers and information from our community, that we will be able to determine what happened to Mary Hammond and bring some closure to her family,” Brantford police said in a statement. “Investigators have recently spoken to people, and there are others yet to be interviewed who may have information to assist us in our investigation.
If anyone with information has hesitated to come forward over the years or feels guilty for keeping their secret, police urge them to speak.
No one, police said, should feel guilty about coming forth at any point to assist in an investigation, especially in situation where someone's wife, daughter or loved one like Mary Hammond, has disappeared under such suspicious circumstances.
Mary Emma Hammond disappeared in the early morning hours of Sept. 8, 1983.
She had left her townhouse at around 3:30 a.m. to walk the 1.5 kilometres to the bakery after declining her husband's offer of a ride.
She never arrived at work.
At 4 a.m., a co-worker called Mary's husband.
Her footprints were followed to a property line at the rear of the bakery and to a point where Hammond had cut across the field. They then disappeared.
Police found some items from her lunch, including a cup, a dish and a half-eaten apple. They also found one of Hammond's white sockettes and a small quantity of blood in an area of the field.
Hammond was 25 at the time, five-foot-10 and weighed 140 pounds. She had long, straight reddish-brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. She was wearing a blue, mauve and red lumber jacket, blue jeans, white Adidas running shoes with a silver stripe and a yellow T-shirt.
At the time, police investigators received information that a pickup truck left the rear of the bakery around the time Hammond disappeared.
The pickup was described as older, brown, possibly a Ford, with painted bumpers and round headlights. Police appealed to the public for information and launched an exhaustive investigation, but no truck matching that description was ever found.
In their statement released Thursday police said recently they were able to identify new evidence in Hammond's disappearance. and strongly identify people who may have been involved. The people of interest include a former resident of Brantford who is now deceased.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding Hammond’s disappearance is asked to contact police.
Details about the disappearance of Mary Hammond can also be found in the Cold Case Files section on Brantfordpolice.ca.