Where's Jodi Henrickson?
After a house party on Bowen Island, a teenaged girl disappears. Months later, a missing-persons case becomes a homicide investigation. But without a body, police are unable to lay charges.
If you live on Bowen Island, as I do, and your chainsaw isn't running properly, you'll probably take it to Lloyd Harding. Almost 70 now, Lloyd has lived here all his life; Harding Road was created back in 1939 and named after his parents. Bowen had fewer than 200 residents then; today the island's population is about 4,000. Harding Road is little more than a narrow lane, with homes on four- to five-acre parcels on either side. There's Carolyn McDonald and Randy Arnott's home, first place on the right, though you can't see it from the road. McDonald's Farm sells turkeys every Thanksgiving; Randy is a volunteer fireman and co-owner of Twin Island Excavating, one of the island's larger employers. There's Mike and Clemencia Braraten's home; she raises goats and turkeys, and farms vegetables, apples, pears, berries, and soya beans.
On Friday, June 19, 2009, there was a party down Harding Road at a home where Lloyd Harding's grandson was staying. Doug Harding, 22, was looking after the place for his parents that weekend. About 20 young people gathered at the house that evening. One of them was Jodi Henrickson, 17, who had come over from Squamish.
Jodi was on Bowen to party with friends, though she'd told her parents she was going camping at Cultus Lake. Bob and Nancy Henrickson wouldn't have liked the idea of their daughter going to Bowen; it was the home of her former boyfriend, Gavin Arnott, Randy's wiry, high-strung, 19-year-old son. The Henricksons didn't want Jodi to see him again. A couple of months earlier, Gavin had been convicted of assaulting her, given a conditional discharge, placed on probation for 18 months, and ordered to have no contact with her.