TORONTO — Sometimes strange things do happen.
That should be enough of a reason to prompt police to conduct a DNA test on a pair of jeans to help ease the pain of six tortured families.
It does not matter who: Niagara Regional Police, Durham Regional Police or the OPP.
Forget the red tape, rules and jurisdiction.
Just do it.
We have the technology. We have the resources.
That, in essence, is the message Amanda Gilmore is conveying in an e-mailed petition -- with 4,000 signatures -- that has been circulated on behalf of her missing brother, Jay Boyle, and five of his friends. She recently found out about the discovery of the jeans on a website.
Could a pair of red jeans with bones inside -- which were found in the Niagara River -- be the catalyst to solve an almost two-decades-old mystery?
The families of six missing Pickering teens -- Boyle, 17, Chad Smith, 18, Robbie Rumboldt, 17, Jamie Lefebvre, 17, Michael Cummins, 17 and Danny Higgins, 16, -- are hopeful.
The boys disappeared 19 years ago on St. Patrick’s Day 1995 after what is believed to have been a night of joy riding on Lake Ontario with two allegedly stolen watercrafts.
There has been scant evidence found -- a gas tank and some video evidence of some of the boys at a Pickering marina.
But all these years later, there is some hope thanks to the discovery of remains in the Niagara River in 1998 that piqued the interest of Boyle’s sister.
At issue, was the fact that the jeans found in the river were red with a black belt and they were identical to the ones her brother was wearing.
She has a picture to prove it.
Meanwhile, police have said they did their own investigation and bone testing and have come to the conclusion other than the colour of the jeans, there is little else to suggest a match.
Not good enough for Amanda who has written the province and anyone who will listen that this lead has not been fully, or properly, run down.