Judi Riley claims she has been continuously pushing Ontario police to take her brother Jon’s disappearance seriously for nearly a decade, frequently offering to contribute her DNA to assist with the investigation, or at the very least sit down to explain what she knows.
Until recently, she claimed she had been neglected by detectives and kept in the dark about the progress of the search for Jon Riley, who was last seen in the spring of 2013. The 47-year-old had left his Meaford, Ont., home for a few days in Toronto and was never seen or heard from again. It’s unclear whether he made it to the city.
Riley described Jon as “the prototypical typical big brother, the jokester” who stepped in as the family’s sympathetic patriarch when their father died when they were both in their 20s.
An investigation by The Fifth Estate in 2014 discovered that, despite the fact that Jon had been missing for more than a year, authorities had not entered his name into the RCMP’s national missing persons database.
“I wake up every day thinking, ‘I’ve got to find my brother,’ Riley said last week from her home in Hawaii. “There is a gaping emptiness that cannot be filled.”