Woman’s Disappearance Triggers One Of The Largest Manhunts In Canada

Ardeth Wood was out cycling when murdered.

Jules

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Ardeth Wood | Photo Credits: Alchetron

Few Canadian murders have become as famous as the case of Ardeth Wood. Last seen on August 6, 2003, the news of the promising PhD student’s disappearance spread like wildfire all over Ottawa. Every woman could see herself in Ardeth, and all civilians came together to find the killer.

Heated Argument Leads To Murder

27-year-old Ardeth was an only child, loved generously by her parents, Brenden Wood and Catherine Ashley. Ardeth spent most of her life in Ottawa and knew its many paths like the back of her hand. That is why no one suspected that when she went out cycling on August 6, 2003, that would be the last they saw of her.

She was pursuing PhD in philosophy at the University of Waterloo and was recognized by all peers as exceptionally bright. She had a bright future and was even co-editor of Eidos: The Canadian Graduate Journal of Philosophy.

The horrible kidnapping and murder occurred in the summer of 2003 when Ardeth was visiting her family. She was last seen riding her bicycle along a path beside the Rockcliffe Parkway in the Green’s Creek area on August 6. Later on, Laura Bouchard, an Ottawan resident, recalled seeing Ardeth and another man arguing on the bicycle path. While cycling, she heard a scream and immediately stopped to locate the source of the voice. If someone was in trouble, she wanted to help.

She saw Ardeth and another man facing each other, heatedly arguing with each other. Even though the woman appeared scared, angry and withdrawn, she didn’t respond to Laura who was purposefully trying to catch Ardeth’s eye. She saw Laura standing a distance away from her and didn’t want help. Perhaps things hadn’t escalated to an uncontrollable extent by then.

Soon enough, the man lead both his and the woman’s bicycle away. Ardeth followed, and Laura cautiously waited to catch any other potential screams. She was torn: this was an aggressive exchange, but it could very well have been a couple’s spat. She even opened up 911, ready to dial but closed it. Little could she have imagined what would happen to Ardeth afterwards. Her life might have been saved by the…

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Jules

Psychology Expert | MSc Social and Cultural Psychology