Judy Peterson, pictured with daughter Kim Nicholls, signs consent forms to allow Lindsey’s DNA to be added to a new Missing Person Index. Photo supplied

Lindsey’s Law comes into effect

Judy Peterson's efforts result in missing persons' DNA data bank

It’s been 25 years since Lindsey Nicholls disappeared. She was 14 when last seen on Royston Road on the BC Day long weekend in 1993, intending to enjoy Nautical Days with friends in Comox.

Her mother, Judy Peterson, spent years searching for Lindsey through poster campaigns, media releases, police investigations and the Missing Children Society of Canada. She then started lobbying for legislation for a national missing persons’ DNA data bank.

On Monday, her persistence paid off when Ottawa announced a new National Missing Persons DNA Program, intended to assist missing persons and unidentified remains investigations. Legislative amendments dubbed ‘Lindsey’s Law’ enable police to expand the use of DNA analysis through a missing persons index, a human remains index, and a relatives of missing persons index. Two new criminal indexes will also be created.

“It’s almost unbelievable,” said Peterson, a Sidney resident. “This will give me the comfort of knowing that if she is found anywhere in Canada, I would know. Also, it’s a step for the investigation itself, and I feel that now I have done everything I can to help find answers.”

What happened to Lindsey remains a mystery, but the investigation into her disappearance is ongoing. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a khaki tank top and white canvas shoes.

Anyone with information regarding her disappearance is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.