The photo of Jewell Langford and his clay bust created in 2017 by the Ontario Provincial Police in an attempt to identify him . (Archive image)
A few days later, the 48-year-old woman stopped giving news to her family in the United States.< /p>
His body was then found in the Nation River, along Highway 417 between Montreal and Ottawa. For over 40 years, mystery surrounded the discovery of this body, as no one could identify the victim.
The case moved forward quickly beginning in 2020 when the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) identified the woman through advances in DNA and the use of genetic genealogy.
This discovery led the OPP, which was leading the investigation, to work with the Montreal police on the case, given that Jewell Parchman Langford's family was there reported his disappearance in 1975. At the time, police did not make the connection between the disappearance reported in Montreal and the discovery of the body in Ontario, about 150 kilometers to the west.
Investigators believe that Rodney Nichols knowingly lied to Montreal police officers during an interview on June 7, 1975, in order to cover up his role in the disappearance of his partner.
At that time, he said he had just spoken to her and that she was in Vancouver. In fact, the latter's body had been found about a month earlier.