What happened when Pauline Carton went missing?
The first time Pauline was last seen alive was around 5:00am on March 1, 2004, when she left her home in the North Shore neighbourhood of Victoria, B.C., and walked about 20 kilometres south to the remote, rural community of Bakersfield.
Police found her purse and keys on the side of a road, which is the only known place she was last known to have been.
“There was no sign of a struggle or struggle, so we think it’s very possible she was just walking along the side road, and when she turned around she didn’t notice the road was closed, and then she never came back,” said Sgt. Ryan Dehanna with the Victoria Police.
“It’s very, very unusual to find someone walking along a side road in Victoria.”
She had been last seen by a friend at around 4:00pm on February 15, 2003.
Two weeks later, her car was found abandoned near the city of Victoria.
Pauline was a well-known socialite in Victoria, where she and her husband worked as restaurant servers, as well as a teacher, teacher assistants, a community worker and a nurse.
She was a member of the Bakersfields Neighbourhood Association, which has been in the community since 1996.
Paula and her brother had moved to Bakersfeld in 1995 to work in a nearby community hall.
“Paula’s brother had worked for the Bakerfields Neighbours Association for years, and he and his wife had been married for seven years,” said Dehann.
“Paula is a very kind person, and she was very well liked in the neighbourhood.”
Pauline’s brother and sister, who are now in their mid-40s, were in the town of Victoria for a trip, but never returned.
Paulan said the family never saw Pauline again.
“She was never seen again,” said Paula.
“We didn’t know what happened.
It was very difficult.”
Paula said Pauline’s disappearance has left a gaping hole in the Bakesfield community, which was shaken by the loss of Pauline and her family, including her mother and younger brother.
“We were very devastated, we lost two of our children,” said Paula.
“I would like to know why she wasn’t found or who she was with.”
The family is hoping someone can come forward with information to help solve their daughter’s disappearance.
“This is a long-term search.
We are just hoping somebody will come forward and help us,” said her brother, who also wishes to remain anonymous.”
Our hope is that she will be found, and that we will get justice.”
Paulan’s brother, Paula, and Paula’s mother, Sandra, are also seeking information from the public in hopes of finding answers to the mystery of their daughter.
“I’m just trying to get closure for my mum,” said Sandra.
“She was an incredible person, so it is very important for us to find out who she is, what she did, and to help her.”
What we are trying to do is try and find some closure.””
There’s a lot of things that can go wrong.
You don’t know how long you have to be out of the house, you don’t have money to go out and spend time, you can’t go out with your family.