Tori Stafford trial

by umer | 9:15 AM in , |

Tori Stafford trial: OPP officer tells how he found body in a garbage bag, Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Michael Rafferty got a description Friday of the rural field where police discovered the remains of Ontario schoolgirl Victoria (Tori) Stafford.

Ontario Provincial Police Det.-Staff Sgt. James Smyth told the court he was driving to Woodstock on July 19, 2009 when he decided to take a detour and go through Mount Forest, Ont.

Days earlier, investigators had received information from a nearby cellphone tower that Rafferty had used his phone in the area on April 8, 2009 - the day Stafford was abducted.

With the intention of assessing the area before the search teams were called, Smyth noticed a house that looked like the one Terri-Lynne McClintic had told police was near where Stafford's body was buried.

``I took a good look at the house and quite frankly, was struck by similarities,'' he testified.

Smyth then walked along a rural laneway near the house and found Evergreen trees and a large 40- to 50-foot rock pile - exactly how McClintic had described in an interview with police and in drawings.

That was when he spotted a garbage bag.

``I touched the bag because I wasn't sure if it was a piece of scrap . . . and it was soft,'' he said after a long pause.

Crown attorney Michael Carnegie warned the jury that a number of ``disturbing'' photos were to be shown later Friday.

Source : canada.