WOODSTOCK, Ont. - Tori Stafford - the Woodstock, Ont., girl whose disappearance ended in tragedy when two people were charged with her murder - would have turned nine years old today.

Her father, Rodney Stafford, said earlier this week that birthdays excited Tori and she began planning this year's party right after she turned eight.

Stafford also said he planned to stay home today and avoid people in order to "be alone" with his memories.

Tori was last seen leaving her school on April 8 with a dark-haired young woman who police now allege is one of two people charged with first-degree murder.

Woodstock residents Terri-Lynne McClintic and Michael Rafferty remain in custody and their lawyers do not expect a trial to begin until next year.

Police, meanwhile, continue to search the Guelph and Fergus areas for Tori's remains and follow up on tips from the public.