Quotes from the case of missing eight-year-old Victoria Stafford

A selection of memorable quotes from the case of missing Ontario schoolgirl Victoria Stafford:

A selection of memorable quotes from the case of missing Ontario schoolgirl Victoria Stafford:



"It's killing me. (I want to) let her know that I love her and I'll see her soon. One way or another I'll see her soon." - Stafford's father Rodney, April 11, three days after she vanished.

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"Not everyone that takes a child hurts a child. There are lots of different scenarios that we can be weighing. Is it possible? Absolutely. But is the opposite possible? Absolutely." - Oxford Community Police Const. Laurie-Anne Maitland, April 11, on the possibility of foul play.

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"I've had a lot of problems come up in my life and stuff like that, and I haven't always been there for my kids, but this is my baby girl and it's absolutely hurting now." - Stafford, April 11.

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"I know in my heart that she's OK and that we're going to find her. It's just a matter of time." - Victoria's mother Tara McDonald during a candlelight vigil April 12.

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"Seeing her in the video walking away happy with somebody she (apparently) knows kind of makes me feel she's safe. She didn't go away struggling, she wasn't scared." - McDonald on seeing her daughter in a blurry surveillance video being led away from school by a person in a white puffy coat.

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"What we're trying to do is basically sort of profile the person ... to help us get some insight on what type of person may be involved in something like this and maybe give us a new lead or to help us with the lead we have on the surveillance tape." - Maitland on the decision to bring in the behavioural sciences unit of Ontario Provincial Police.

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"I believe she's alive. I don't know why, I just do." - Maitland, April 13.

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"It's very hard and nothing can prepare you for it. I wish them the best of luck and my heart goes out to them." - Martin Provencher, whose daughter Cedrika vanished in July 2007. Provencher remains convinced his daughter will be found alive.

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"Well, this is an abduction - this is a missing child. Somebody has abducted her - it's obvious. They took my child. So, I mean, I wish it would be treated as an abduction, because it is." - McDonald, April 15, on police continuing to treat the disappearance as a missing person case.

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"It's Day 9. I wish that the OPP or whoever they thought would have more insight was there from Day 1." - McDonald, April 17, on the involvement of OPP Det.-Insp. Bill Renton, who took over as lead investigator when the case was declared an abduction more than a week after the disappearance.

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"She's here, she's somewhere. I'm her mother. I know her better than anybody else on the planet, and I feel that she is alive - for sure." - McDonald, April 17.

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"We have our own beliefs and we have brought those to the authorities. We've shared those beliefs and they are being investigated." - Tori's aunt Rebecca Stafford on the possible identity of a woman in a composite sketch released April 22 by police.

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"I've been staring at it all night and I don't have a clue at all. I posted it on Facebook and I've asked my friends to use the hair mixer program and add long hair, short hair, coloured hair, change the colours, change the style, just to see if maybe that adds some recognition at all. I have no idea who that is." - McDonald on the possible identity of the woman in the sketch.

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"It looks nothing like me. At the end of the day, I know that I had nothing to do with this. I am a good mother, and either one of my kids will tell you that." - McDonald responding to suggestions she resembles the woman in the sketch.

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"I'm so tired of all the negativity. It is wearing me down. A person can have only so much strength, and I've been strong through all of this, but I'm wearing down." - McDonald, April 24.

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"It makes everything so happy when you're not happy, when you are worried and depressed and upset. It masks the problems. ... It doesn't make you any less of a mother because you are struggling with an addiction. It can happen to anybody." - McDonald, in an interview with the Woodstock Sentinel-Review newspaper in early May, admitting to an addiction to painkillers for which she sought treatment.

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"The police are in the process of looking into it, but I feel in my heart that it was a genuine offer. I don't think that it's just a person who's trying to get into the media or get their two cents in. I really feel that it's a genuine offer." - McDonald, April 27, on a mysterious, anonymous donor who she said shuttled her via limousine to a secret meeting and offered financial help.

 
 
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