a mother\'s search forxa0answers

by:YEROO     2019-10-26
More than three years have passed since Lydia Daniels last met or spoke to her son.
While she has hopes that he will come home one day, she is also ready for the boy she loves to disappear forever.
\"I have to do things right --by-
But over time, it has become more and more difficult, \"Daniels said over the phone at the former First Nation School in Changping, where she teaches kindergarten.
\"I miss my son more and I\'m starting to realize that something may have happened to him,\" she said . \".
\"It\'s been three years now --and-a-
Half a year later, I began to accept the fact that he might not be with us in this world.
\"I \'ve always kept a little hope for him somewhere, because one of the hardest things to do is to accept that your own child may not be there anymore.
\"Daniels has not seen or heard from her son since November 2014.
No matter what happens to Colton, Daniels wants her to get an answer so she can put an end to the idea of constantly struggling in her mind.
\"The most difficult thing is not knowing, because that\'s when you start thinking about different scenarios and creating them,\" Daniels said . \".
\"I like to keep positive thoughts, but some days your heart sinks when you hear someone find a body or a body.
\"This is torture, it is torture to the heart.
\"Torture began on the evening of November.
6, 2014, one night, when 26-year-
Old Pratt hangs out at the Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith Street.
Downtown Winnipeg
That night was the last time someone who knew Pratt saw him or spoke to him.
\"I can\'t even imagine this going on for years,\" Daniels choked . \".
\"I need an answer.
\"When Pratt went missing, Daniels said her son, an Aboriginal, two-
He lives in Winnipeg looking for work while volunteering for several different organizations.
She said that shortly before he went missing, she spoke to him and there was no indication that he had any plans to take off.
\"He is looking for work and volunteering and he is talking about the future,\" Daniels said . \".
\"He has no feeling of running away at all.
He has a plan for his life.
According to Winnipeg police, Pratt was at the Marlborough Hotel on the evening of November.
2014, it is believed to have been at the bus shelter at the corner of Main Street and Redwood Avenue the next morning.
\"Since then, investigators have obtained a video clip of a man who is believed to be the missing person inside and around the bus shelters at around 12: 20. m. and 1:45 a. m.
On the morning of November.
2014, \"the police said at a press conference on November 2017.
\"During this time, it was believed that he had met at least two people in this place.
Winnipeg police are asking anyone who recalls seeing an event or further information about it in this place to contact the police.
Police say public and active investigations into the disappearance of Colten Pratt are still underway.
Pratt is described as 5-
10, weight about 160 pounds, short brown hair, brown eyes.
The last time he saw him, he was wearing a brown plaid jacket and blue jeans.
A Winnipeg Police Department spokesman said in a recent email: \"There is no evidence yet that investigators believe the disappearance of Pratt is the result of a criminal offence . \".
Daniels said her son \"went out to play with a group of new friends\" while he was missing.
She said she didn\'t know the person she thought was at the hotel with him before he went missing.
She claims that the police investigation has ruled out some people suspected after her son went missing.
\"Colton is a very social person, but he is a social butterfly,\" she said . \".
\"I knew he was with a group of people and I said, \'Be careful, I\'m worried about you.
The last thing he said to me was, \'I know.
Daniels did everything she could to focus on her son\'s case, but also on the issue of missing and murdering indigenous men, which she did not see as receiving due attention.
One thing Daniels did was to launch an awareness campaign in which she and others tied ties at different locations, highlighting the disappearance of Aboriginal Canadian men and boys
One of the places where she left her tie was the same bus shelter, and police said they believed her son was seen on the morning of November. 7, 2014.
\"We want to pay tribute to Colton, and we want to keep the conversation going about the men and boys who are missing and murdered,\" Daniels said . \".
\"I think it is a difficult task to solve this problem, but it is a necessary task.
\"A lot of work has been done on pushing for the disappearance and murder of indigenous women and girls, but we don\'t have men and boys to do that yet.
\"According to the statistics released in 2015, indigenous men accounted for about 71 of the Aboriginal victims in Canada.
Despite the large numbers, the missing and murdered indigenous men and boys did not become a major national conversation or political issue, as did the missing and murdered indigenous women.
Rob Inness, a professor of indigenous studies at the University of Sade, said he believes men leave their problems to themselves more often than women.
\"Indigenous women\'s organizations and indigenous women have worked tirelessly for 15 years to ensure that the public is aware of the situation of missing and murdered women,\" Innes said . \".
\"In fact, indigenous women have to deal with a large number of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other acts of violence, including murder in the hands of men, including indigenous men, mean that indigenous women have been working to deal with drug abuse and violence, including themselves and the people around them for many years.
\"It was not until recently that Aboriginal men dealt with addiction, violence and other dysfunction issues to a large extent.
In addition, indigenous men did not advocate raising the issue of violence they had encountered.
\"Innes said he believes that the recent prominence of the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women is that the issue of missing and murdered men has also become one of the only reasons for the conversation, although different from the level of women.
Daniels wants her son to be more than just the missing person or stats.
One of her most precious memories of her son, she says, is how he treats and takes care of his sister, Joslyn, who has Down syndrome.
\"She\'s very close to Colton, it\'s hard to explain to her what\'s going on, and it\'s hard to explain that her brother is gone,\" Daniels said . \".
\"She misses him very much.
Colten had a special place in his heart for his sister and he was very nice with her.
He loves her very much.
\"My kids\" is a documentary about Colton\'s life story, recently produced by \"broken code Movie.
\"It tells the story of what I \'ve been through, but it also really shows who Colten is, so people know that he\'s not just another missing Aboriginal, he has a story,\" Daniels said.
All she can do now, Daniels says, is live her own life, hoping that one day she will get an answer so that the torment in her own heart will end.
\"I ask anyone who knows anything to go deep into their heads, deep into their hearts, and stand up,\" Daniels said . \".
\"Three months. and-a-
I have to continue my life for half a year, but we will never stop looking for Colten.
\"We always have hope. this is everything we can hold on to. we will never give up.
Dave Baxter, a freelance journalist, photographer and editor, wrote Manitoba crime for Sunday specials.
@ Gmail.
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