After 7 years, family wants closure
Sep 30, 2013 / 2:38 pm
It's been seven years since Aaron Derbyshire was last seen.
Derbyshire, then 22, went missing Friday, Sept 30, 2006 after a night out with friends at The Level Nightclub on Leon Avenue.
Monday, the seventh anniversary of his disappearance, Aaron's mother, Glenda Derbyshire pleaded to the public to step forward with any information that may help bring her son home.
"We know there are people out there today that know exactly what happened to him and where he is," an emotional Glenda Derbyshire stated before assembled Kelowna media at the RCMP Detachment.
"I believe Aaron needs to be brought home. He deserves to have a proper burial. We, as a family, need to start healing so I really want to encourage people out there to please really consider calling and giving this information."
Derbyshire says things have changed over seven years in their lives and in the lives of those that know something.
"Maybe you've graduated with a university degree or maybe you've gotten married and started a family," says Derbyshire.
"Maybe you're like me and have become a new grandparent and you see the joys and excitement life holds. These are precious gifts that we have, our families, our children and when one is taken from you it's hard, it never is fixed."
Glenda Derbyshire says the hardest part is not knowing.
Not knowing what happened, not knowing where her son is, not knowing who, if anyone, is responsible.
"We just don't know. We have nothing to go on," says Derbyshire.
"I know a lot of people have made calls to our family with assumptions and speculation and information they believe could be helpful in finding Aaron, but I'm not sure where it's gone."
Derbyshire's sister, Gloria Horning, says seeing her sister like this for seven years is too much.
She says the family needs answers.
"There is one day a year when this is publicly spoken of and we feel it's not enough. We want it to be out there every single day of the year because he's still not with us," says Horning.
"We really feel he is never coming back, but we really want to know where he is and we need to know that someone out there can tell us so we can move on. We need to be able to start grieving for him and one day a year is not enough."
RCMP Cst. Kris Clark, says the file is still open and active.
Clark says the file was reviewed last year and 40 new tasks related to the disappearance were delegated to the investigative team and followed up on.
"There is no such thing in the RCMP as a cold case. Historical cases are always active and open and they remain active and open until they are concluded," says Clark.
"The purpose of these events annually are to identify any possible new information. Obviously this continues until Aaron is found and brought home to his family."
Clark says anyone who might have information, no matter how small they believe it to be, should contact police.
"That piece of information may be the most important part to bring Aaron home."
Clark says he can't comment on specifics of the case but says there have been tips that have been investigated.
He says the last known sighting of Aaron Derbyshire was at the Level on the night of the 30th.
"We can determine a timeline up to that point but confirmation of timeline after has not been the easiest," added Clark.
"If there is anybody that has information about the timeline afterwards we are happy to sit down and speak with them."
Tips can also be made anonymously to Crime Stoppers.
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