North American Missing Persons Network
Courtney Jennelle Struble

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Above Image: Struble, circa 2004

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 9, 2004 from Estevan, Saskatchewan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 22, 1990
  • Age: 13
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Light Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Birthmark on the nape of her
    neck and a 1- inch scar on her left shin. Olive complexion.
  • Clothing: Black top, Gray hoodie, blue jeans or red leather pants and running shoes.
  • Case Number: 3137-V 2004-2603

  • Details of Disappearance
    Courtney lived in the Canadian community of Estevan, Saskatchewan. She was a typical thirteen-year-old, who enjoyed school and her friends. Courtney enjoyed visiting with her friends at their nearby homes, sometimes to study together or to just hang out.

    Shortly after midnight, on July 9, 2004, young Courtney left from a friend's house where she had been visiting. She did not call her mother, Joy, before leaving. The precocious teenager had always made it a practice to call prior to walking back home from such visits. This night, when her daughter failed to show up, the concerned mother immediately contacted local law enforcement authorities to report her as missing.

    The local authorities questioned family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances. The investigators learned that witnesses had seen the young girl walking in the vicinity of Highway 39 and Woodlawn Avenue on the night she disappeared. Based on all they had gathered, the investigators' initial reaction was to think that Courtney was a runaway. "Everything points to the fact that she's a runaway," said Estevan Constable Murray Cowan.

    More than a hundred volunteers, family members and friends combed the surrounding area for the missing teenager. Estevan law enforcement personnel did not initially participate in the search, which went on for several days. The search widened to include a landfill, an old brick factory and fields south of Estevan. Still, no signs of Courtney were found.

    The Missing Children Society of Canada was called to assist in finding Courtney. Two well known psychics were contacted and were asked for their input on the case. Estevan authorities did not endorse such a move. "It's not an investigative practice for the police service to use psychics," said Cowan. He went on to comment that police did believe that Courtney would soon be found and hoped she would still be alive.

    As the weeks and months passed, investigators became frustrated in their search for the missing child. Courtney's distraught mother voiced her opinion that all that could be done to find her daughter, should be done. She did not believe that Courtney was a runaway. "Every little thing that is found raises your hopes up again," said Joy.

    Courtney still has not been found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    The Missing Children Society of Canada
    (800) 661-6160
    Estevan Police Department
    (306) 634-4767

    Source Information
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