That’s not exactly the headline, but that’s exactly what is happening. The headline in the Ottawa Citizen reads “Barrhaven family enlists help of psychic to find missing man”
Family friends emailed a photo of the missing man to Christine Hamlett, a former host of the Canadian paranormal series Rescue Medium.
“I never ever contact anyone. I always wait for them to contact me,” Hamlett told the Citizen over the phone from Britain. “Straight away, when I tuned in psychically, I heard the telephone ring and I knew that somebody had called him and that he got a message and was going to meet someone. I did feel that there was something involved in it that wasn’t quite right.”
Hamlett said she had a vision of a black car — Fouad left Ottawa in a black 2002 four-door Nissan Altima. The Nayels said the car, with the Ontario licence plate ATTA 634, has not been located by police.
Over the next couple of weeks, Hamlett said her contacts in the spirit world guided her to sketch the images of five men. She believes each has information about the missing man. Hamlett also sketched two tattoos — a crescent moon and an arm band made of what appears to be shark teeth — that she believes are linked to the disappearance.
Hamlett has quite a reputation in the psychic world. She was the host of the first three seasons of the Canadian television show Rescue Mediums that brings psychics on house calls to exorcize or placate resident spirits or homeowners. She is also well known for inserting herself into missing persons and murder cases. On her website, she has suggestions for the police in a number of high profile incidents. Warning: website is in all caps and replete with spelling and grammatical errors. Apparently Strunk and White are not on her spirit guide list.
Claudia Lawrence, (35 at the time), has been missing from her home in York, UK since March 18th 2009. Hamlett has the scoop and ‘psychic drawings’ of a man involved in her disappearance and another man who has information.
Lois Hanna, (25 at the time) disappeared from Kincardine, Ontario, in 1988. Again, Hamlett has a sketch. This time, she informs us that the man who is the key to the case was at the dance with Lois and she knew him as well as she knew her family.
Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, , Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, all between the ages of 10 and 17, were sexually assaulted and murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley between July 1963 and October 1965. The body of another victim, 12 year old Keith Bennett, has never been found. This crime spree has been named “the Moors Murders” because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester, England. Hamlett has numerous pages devoted to the murders: photos of the Moors, Moors Murders, Myra and Ian on Hollin Brow Knoll, the Mystery of the abduction of Pauline Reade, and new news on the location of Keith Bennett’s body. All of the pages are devoted either to the spirits of the victims or the supposed location of Bennett’s body.
She also has information on the cases of Madeline McCann and Tori Stafford. As would be expected, none of this information has been of any use in actually solving the cases or finding Bennett’s remains. The Tori Stafford case was resolved and with no help from Hamlett or any other psychic, despite her retro-fitting her ‘visions’ into the case. The others remain unsolved.
As far as Fouad Nayel is concerned, a number of generic sketches are highly unlikely to yield any useful information for the police. Indeed, should the police use the sketches, it will only divert them from conducting useful investigations. Unlike The Ottawa Citizen, the police are not providing free advertising for this charlatan. I hope can only they are totally ignoring her interference.
Hamlett is at least honest about one thing “Whether I can find him, I don’t know,” she said. “I can’t promise anything.”
Fouad left Ottawa in a black 2002 four-door Nissan Altima. The Nayels said the car, with the Ontario licence plate ATTA 634, has not been located by police.
In a June 28 press release, police said they determined that Nayel was in the Renfrew and Calabogie areas at some point after he left Ottawa.
Nayel is described as a Middle Eastern man, 6-0 and 180 pounds with a thin build. He has brown eyes and short black hair, but is partially bald and does not have facial hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 3726 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.