Still looking for Jessie Foster

By Perly Viasmensky
Las Vegas Tribune
As we’ve done every year for the last 14 years, around the 29th of March, the date Jessica Edith Louise Foster, known by family, friends, and all those who love her as Jessie, disappeared from Las Vegas back in 2006, we rewrite the story to keep her name and face in the news until the date she returns home.
Jessie is a beautiful, blonde Canadian girl who came to Las Vegas to celebrate her 21st birthday, she disappeared from where she was living in North Las Vegas at 1009 Cornerstone Place, with an individual by the name of Peter Bertrand Todd, who in Jessie’s naive mind she thought was her fiancé.
The story of Jessie, who was born on May 27, 1984, started in her own country of Canada. While still in high school Jessie met Donald Vaz from Calgary, AB, Canada. In the spring of 2005, he invited Jessie to go on a trip to Florida to visit his mother (a mother who has never left Canada and never lived in Florida).
The brainwashing started with that trip to Ft. Lauderdale and Key West, boating and parasailing on the Atlantic Ocean. After introducing Jessie to the glamour of places like Manhattan, New York and Atlantic City, New Jersey, Las Vegas was the ultimate place — The Entertainment Capital of the World.
Jessie was left in Las Vegas in the company of Richard Barrington Walcott and Ivonne Hebrechten, better known as “Angel,” a well-known prostitute and human traffic recruiter to authorities in Clark County from Merced, California.
They then left Jessie in the company of Peter Bertrand Todd who became her boyfriend. Little did her family know that Peter Todd forced her to prostitute herself. Jessie disappeared without a trace and the investigation by the North Las Vegas Police Department was never done properly from the beginning.
After years of suffering by Jessie’s mother, Glendene Grant, and her sisters, Jessie’s cold case was finally aired by Dateline on national TV. Dateline was very lucky to be able to speak with one detective of the North Las Vegas Police Department, Detective McCloud, because the Las Vegas Tribune had tried for years to get some input from the NLVPD without success.
The detective told Dateline that they do not consider Peter Todd to be a suspect in Jessie’s disappearance. We hate to disagree with the detective because we always considered Peter Bertrand Todd the main suspect in the case. Otherwise, how does the detective explain that Todd so suddenly disappeared from Las Vegas a short time after Jessie vanished?
According to the Dateline report, Detective McCloud said that Peter Todd showed them the room that showed Jessie left with all her clothes, leaving behind her makeup and toothbrush. This is a statement nobody would believe because the first things Jessie would have packed were her makeup and toothbrush.
Police never conducted a proper investigation of the house at 1009 Cornerstone Place, checking for blood or any other sign of criminal activity, considering the fact that Jessie was the victim of a brutal beating by Peter Bertrand Todd and had to be hospitalized with a broken jaw. Todd’s dubious business practices were never investigated by authorities in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas, where he has previously lived.
Human trafficking became an epidemic in Nevada and especially in Las Vegas. Vice detectives of police departments in Nevada, and probably any other place in the United States, have the tendency to go after and arrest a supposed prostitute, when in reality they need to follow her to where the pimp will be waiting to receive his profits from his “ATM Machine,” who just happens to be the girl he sent to prostitute herself for his personal benefit.
Numerous girls are arrested in our city daily for solicitation and then thrown in the Clark County Detention Center until they can appear before a judge or get bailed out by their pimps. The traffickers remain unknown and untouched when, in reality, they are the ones who should be targeted by law enforcement. But very seldom do we see human traffickers prosecuted in Las Vegas.
This year we have the opportunity to publish Jessie’s age-progressed pictures to the age of 33 and 35 years old thanks to Jessie’s Mom who introduced us to the forensic artist, Diana Trepkov.
Diana Trepkov is the renowned Canadian Forensic Artist and a Victims Advocate who has completed 229 law enforcement cold cases worldwide.
For us and for all who wonder how Ms. Trepkov inspires herself to complete a perfect drawing of a missing person, she explains: “When I work on age progressions of missing persons, I like to vision them alive as this helps me to do the best drawing I possibly can. I really care about people and worry for all families of missing loved ones. I wouldn’t be able to do this career if I didn’t care so much as it all starts within the heart.”
Speaking of Jessie, Ms. Trepkov explains, “Jessie is such a beautiful girl with gorgeous features. As I aged her, I always concentrated on her eyes first and foremost and then the rest of her facial features. After studying many of her photographs for years, I usually take the time to really think of what she would look like today.”
As Diana Trepkov says, hopefully with this new age progression our chances are now greater to locate Jessie.
We all have one thing in common and that is to find Jessie Foster alive so she can be reunited with her loving Mom and family.

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