Thursday, May 07, 2009

This is a town without pity

WOODSTOCK, ONT This is a town without pity.

It wasn't always like this.

When Victoria Stafford, known as Tori, disappeared from Woodstock on April 8, the town of 35,000 people did what towns typically do – rallied together and scoured streets, parks, ponds and surrounding areas looking for her. Terrified of what might have happened, people posted thousands of posters showing Tori's smiling face.

Four weeks later, the posters are still there – some frayed, others fading – but anger has replaced fear and gossip has taken over from populist efforts to find Tori.

Meanwhile, Rodney Stafford knows small towns can be big-hearted, and alternately pitiless. "I'm very grateful to everyone who has helped look for Tori. I have no complaints."


I don't personally know Rodney Stafford but in regards to his comment I say "Amen" to that.